The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through its United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has warned all Americans running Windows to make haste to apply the MS06-040 patch which was issued by Microsoft this week. The MS06-040 patch corrects a flaw which makes computers running Windows particularly vulnerable.
According to one source, the Department of Homeland Security has warned that Windows computers which are not patched with the MS06-040 patch are at great risk and that “attempts to exploit the flaw were imminent, and that attacks on Windows could impact government systems, businesses, and critical I.T. infrastructure. In fact, such attacks have already been reported.”
The flaw is rated ‘critical’ by Microsoft, who urges users to update their Windows computers immediately, saying that “This update resolves a privately disclosed vulnerability as well as additional issues discovered through internal investigations. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. We recommend that customers apply the update immediately.”
Although, Amazon has some great deals on Apple Mac laptops, and then you can just be done with the whole Windows vulnerability, spyware, and adware thing.
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