Homeland Security warns about Windows vulnerability

August 9, 2006 9:35am

•  Urges Windows users to patch the flaw

•  Your computer could be hijacked

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is recommending that Windows Operating Systems users apply a Microsoft security patch as quickly as possible.

Otherwise, says the government agency that is supposed to protect against terrorism, Windows computers could be taken over remotely with the hackers installing programs as well as view, change, or delete data, and create new accounts with full user rights.

“Windows Operating Systems users are encouraged to avoid delay in applying this security patch,” the DHS says. “Attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in operating systems routinely occur within 24 hours of the release of a security patch. This vulnerability could impact government systems, private industry and critical infrastructure, as well as individual and home users.”

Users can apply the Microsoft MS06-040 security patch at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms06-040.mspx

Home user may prefer to go to Windows Update at http://update.microsoft.com and select “express” to install critical security updates, including the MS06-040 security patch.

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