The United States Department of Homeland Security warns that a “worm” could infect your Windows 10 computer. Reports suggest that this virus is similar to the 2017 Russian cyberattack “WannaCry.” These are some of the possible outcomes, as well as ways to prevent them.
Windows 10 Computers Have Worms. Here’s what it can do to you
WARNING: A ‘Worm” was discovered in Windows 10 Computers, and it is a privacy-threat, according to Homeland Security
DailyMail UK reported Tuesday, June 9th that a bug in Windows 10 may be affecting privacy. After exploit code that hackers published online was believed to have been used to infiltrate any device.
The exploit, SMBGhost is a high-quality computer vulnerability that hackers can take some time to execute. Homeland Security warns of the “wormlike” nature that this bug can be exploited.
This means that hackers can take control of SMBGhost and execute it to allow malicious cyber actors download malware and target Windows 10’s main system. Worse, it can infiltrate any Windows 10 system without your knowledge.
According to security agency, “Microsoft disclosed and updated this vulnerability in March 2020. However, malicious cyber actors are targeting unpatched system with the new PoC according to recent open source reports.”
A researcher shared the code on Github before Homeland Security did so. He said, “It was written quickly, and needs to be more reliable.” TechXplore says that using this code for anything other than self-education would be a terrible idea.
The Windows bug can be found in the Server Message Blocks (SMB) section of the system. This is the location where files, printers and other accessories can be linked via local networks. It is therefore one of the most critical parts of a computer.
This means that if one user gets the malicious worm, it can have a huge domino effect on other users.
How can you stop this bug from spreading?
Homeland Security recommends that you download a firewall to “block the server message from the internet” and to patch critical and severe vulnerabilities as quickly as possible.
Another tip is to pay attention to websites you visit every day. This bug could cause a simple popup to enter your computer without you being aware.