ALERT! – BlueKeep – ALERT!

Published On June 6, 2019 | By Tom Huskerson | Alerts

When America’s top computer intelligence agency sends out a warning you better be listening!

The National Security Agency has issued a rare warning to Windows users. Update your computers to protect against BlueKeep…NOW! BlueKeep is a new security vulnerability that can rapidly spread between computers.

Rarely does the NSA get invloved in consumer cybersecurity. But an NSA spokesperson pointed out that this is the agency’s third cybersecurity notice this year. The mission of the NSA includes exploiting computer vulnerabilities for the purposes of surveillance and espionage . Normally the Department Homeland Security issues consumer cybersecurity advisories.

Rated as “critical,” BlueKeep hits computers running Windows XP and later. The vulnerability can be exploited to remotely run malware at the system level allowing full access to the computer. Any unpatched computer connected to the Internet may be at risk of being remotely attacked. Windows 8 and 10 appear immune to the bug.

Amid the dire warnings and Microsoft‘s May patch release there may still be as many as one million computers and servers still vulnerable. It should be noted that Microsoft ceased supporting the Windows XP OS years ago.

Windows users are urged by the NSA to update their computers against the vulnerability “in the face of growing threats.” The agency is expressing concerns that a malicious actor could launch a major attack on the scale of the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attacks.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle.com. Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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