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  • FBI Private Industry Notification: Win7 is a leaky boat

    Posted on August 5th, 2020 at 07:42 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation released PIN number 20200803-002 which says, inter alia,

    The FBI has observed cyber criminals targeting computer network infrastructure after an operating system achieves end of life status. Continuing to use Windows 7 within an enterprise may provide cyber criminals access into computer systems. As time passes, Windows 7 becomes more vulnerable to exploitation due to lack of security updates and new vulnerabilities discovered. Microsoft and other industry professionals strongly recommend upgrading computer systems to an actively supported operating system.

    Migrating to a new operating system can pose its own unique challenges, such as cost for new hardware and software and updating existing custom software. However, these challenges do not outweigh the loss of intellectual property and threats to an organization.

    The announcement is long on conventional wisdom but, as best I can tell, presents no new information. There are some old examples of long-patched security holes (EternalBlue, BlueKeep) and advice that you check your antivirus, spam filters, and close up Remote Desktop access. Most of all, though, the FBI says you should move from Win7 to Win10.

    Which shouldn’t surprise anybody.

    Catalin Cimpanu has a detailed look on ZDNet.