Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jul 2016 22:53 UTC
Windows

The final build of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is build 14393. The update, which provides a range of new features and improvements, represents Microsoft's last big push to get Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10.

The update is available right now to those who have opted in to the Windows Insider program, and it will be pushed out to Windows 10 users on the current branch on August 2. The free upgrade offer from Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows 10, however, ends on July 29, leaving Microsoft hoping that the promise of the new update will be enough to get people to make the switch.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I doubt many Windows 7/8 users here who haven't upgraded yet will be wooed by this new update.

If you're still running Windows XP, you're irresponsible and you should update to 7/8/10 or Linux immediately.

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RE[2]: I'm irresponsible
by Bobthearch on Tue 26th Jul 2016 17:57 UTC in reply to "RE: I'm irresponsible"
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A web site was reached, and a backdoor was inserted. This backdoor starting poisoning local DNS caches and routing tables, and became a gateway for its local network. Passwords were obtained for various logins, databases, and other servers on other networks-- which were then back-doored (using legit passwords), and started handling all the traffic on THEIR networks. All anyone noticed was that the servers were running a little slowly.

By the time 2 weeks had passed, the attackers (all from IP addresses resolving to China) had owned roughly 90% of the department's servers, and knew most of their passwords, and probably downloaded the majority of their databases-- even though they were all "behind a firewall".

The department had to burn their entire network of servers and workstations to the ground, and restore from backups-- and THEN they had to notify the Feds about the breach, and then they had to notify several hundred *thousand* users that their data had potentially been compromised. I believe the total cost to the department ran into the 3-5 million dollar range-- because of one irresponsible user.

So yeah-- keep thinking you're secure. But for a moment, consider the implications to you and your company if you're wrong.


So I understand that all of the computers and servers were infected despite having the latest OS version with every security update?

Was that Sony Pictures' problem too during the 2014 hack, their servers were running Windows 2000?

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