I appreciate Windows. And I’m sure most of us feel the same way. Let’s be real, Windows has it’s problems, but it’s easy to use, organize, and it works…most of the time. Microsoft seems keen on keeping the Windows experience a streamlined one that anyone can enjoy, but it has been slipping up with Windows updates recently.
Last year, a couple of updates delete files on your hard drive. Yea, it can get pretty bad with Microsoft. Despite this, I think you should update your Windows edition anytime now. Preferably now, actually. Why? No reason, besides the fact that older versions of Windows 10 have a major flaw that can ravage your device’s security.
1. Defining BlueKeep
As far as we know, BlueKeep is just a flaw in Windows editions later than XP that leaves the OS open to attacks through the RDP service and has the potential to affect 950,000 devices.
See, out of all the attacks that can be performed on Windows devices, the BlueKeep flaw theoretically allows a hacker to input a “worm” into a system. For those unaware, a worm is a type of trojan that can replicate itself. All a hacker would need to do is insert it into one computer and the worm will spread throughout the network and computers. Suffice to say, BlueKeep is a major security flaw, as we’ve seen the damage that a worm can do in 2017 with the WannaCry attacks.
Security specialists “WannaCry” when they hear about this worm. Not exactly the situation that people want to reminisce at all, let alone fondly.
WannaCry was, essentially, the BlueKeep of 2017. The WannaCry worm spread through high-profile servers and machines, making its way onto hundreds of thousands of computers. Once the WannaCry worm made its way onto a computer, it would encrypt the files on the local device and then demand a $300 Bitcoin fee. This type of attack is known as “ransomware”.
WannaCry made its mark on the Internet, not because of a simple ransom, but because the ransomware caused Internet outages across the world. Hospitals, private companies, and government systems were shut out of their own networks by the worm.
With WannaCry causing so much damage, it’s not hard to see why Microsoft is urging users to patch their Windows systems. After all, the only other alternative is infections.
3. Begging For Correction
When I say Microsoft is begging, I mean it. Users are one unpatched version away from Bill Gates showing up at their doors on his knees and in tattered clothing.
It’s not only Microsoft either; even the NSA is terrified of the potential of the BlueKeep exploit, as again, there are almost a million computers that are at risk of being affected. Imagine being the I.T. guy that caused his company to shut down for a day because you got some ransomware on your computer.
A worm is very difficult to stop once it starts. The only way you can really stop the spread is by either a.) finding a kill-switch of some sort or b.) isolating every computer that’s been infected with the worm form the Internet. Option B isn’t feasible, and A can take quite a while, so it’s better to never let a worm start -prevention is always better than cure. This time around, don’t think that having an anti-virus, a Windows VPN, or encrypting your drive is going to save you.
This may be the first time I’ve said this in my life but trust the NSA here. They know about technology and cybersecurity, so I’m sure they know what they’re doing. Plus come on, the Windows patch has been out for almost two weeks now. The update only takes a few minutes to install. 5 minutes of downtime or a new computer? I know I’ll take some downtime.