FBI warns companies of Windows 7 threat

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Hackers view Windows 7 systems as a simple target. The US FBI warns against this, which urges companies to leave the no longer supported OS behind.

The US federal police service FBI is interfering in the Windows 7 discussion. The FBI issued a so-called ‘private industry notification’ at the beginning of the week to warn American companies of the dangers associated with continued use of Windows 7. In January Microsoft stopped supporting that outdated operating system, but many organizations remain use the OS nonetheless.

The FBI’s warning comes after criminal attacks. The police department finds that hackers increasingly see Windows 7 as a simple target. Since Microsoft is no longer releasing security updates for the operating system, attackers want to take advantage. That trend will not stop immediately.

Old vulnerabilities

The FBI indicates that cyber criminals are using even older known vulnerabilities such as EternalBlue and BlueKeep to hack systems. This is particularly painful as it illustrates that organizations have not even updated their Windows 7 installation to the latest available updates. Upgrading to Windows 10 remains the best option. To date, this is even possible for free.

Although the warning comes from the US, it applies equally to our companies. Using Windows 7 is a risk today unless you pay as an organization for Microsoft’s comprehensive support program. In any case, a switch to a new operating system must be a priority, since that program will not continue to run indefinitely.

Also read: 4 ways to continue using Windows 7 after end of support

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