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Federal Government Warns of Flaw in Windows Software

A serious flaw has been found in some versions of Windows software from Microsoft Corporation. The flaw enables hackers to essentially take over a computer...
August 5, 2003

A serious flaw has been found in some versions of Windows software from Microsoft Corporation. The flaw enables hackers to essentially take over a computer and remotely operate it as if they were at the keyboard and had full access rights. Aside from the potential for data theft and abuse, Federal officials are warning of the possibility of broad attack on the Internet that would target enormous numbers of computers vulnerable from the flaw. The Homeland Security Department cautioned last week it had detected an "Internet-wide increase in scanning" for victim computers. In an unusually ominous alert, it warned the threat could cause a "significant impact" on the Internet. FBI spokesman Bill Murray said Bureau investigators were studying several hacker tools designed so far and were highly concerned about a wide-scale Internet attack. "We implore the private sector-both business and home users-to visit the Microsoft Web site and install the patches and mitigations necessary to prevent this from creating a negative effect on the Internet as a whole," Murray said.

What It Means to Agents:  Please contact your technology MS/Windows vendor and be sure that you are better aware as to whether any or all of this is a major issue for your systems, whether your system has the repairs already or whether you'll need to order these.Please recall your current obligations under several regulations and contract requirements to maintain in a reasonable fashion, security in your systems.

Microsoft Warns of Windows Flaw (Associated Press)