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Windows Server at risk!

Accepted submission by aristarchus at 2017-04-15 08:04:56 from the Security-through-no-one-getting-fired dept.

The "Shadow Brokers" released files that purport to expose vulnerabilities in Windows and especially in Windows Server.

Numerous Windows hacking tools are also among the new batch of files the Shadow Brokers dumped Friday. In recent months, the mysterious group has been releasing hacking tools allegedly taken from the NSA, and security researchers say they actually work.

According to PCWorld [], but there are plenty of other venues reporting on this.

The group behind the leak, the Shadow Brokers, didn’t clearly explain why they dumped the files. But in addition to the documents, the hackers also released what appears to be an arsenal of Windows-based hacking tools -- some of which target previously unknown vulnerabilities.
“This isn't a data dump, this is a damn Microsoft apocalypse,” tweeted a security researcher who goes by the name Hacker Fantastic.

Leaked NSA Malware Threatens Windows Users Around the World [] from the Intercept.

Ars Techinca []

El Reg [] And why are the "el Reg" They are Brexit, not Spanish?

And Network World [], with a very nice picture of the Crystal Palace.

I have always wondered what it would take. Maybe if Microsoft forcibly dragged a user off of it's platform. After this, however, that may not be necessary.

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