Posted on: 04 June 2019
Microsoft has identified a security flaw with some of their older operating systems. Using the error CVE-2019-0708, an attacker can exploit the weakness which can spread malware to other computers without the need of a host programme or human involvement. The vulnerability is caused by a weakness in the Remote Desktop Protocol, which is used to connect servers and workstations.
Microsoft has identified this as a 9.8/10 on the scale of threat, so should be taken seriously. This is because if you don’t perform the security update, not only can your data be stolen, but attackers can use your computer to attack other companies.
What is affected
Microsoft has recognised that Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2, Windows 2003 and Windows XP are vulnerable, and estimate that over 1 million users may be at risk.
There is currently no issue involving the CVE-2019-0708 error for Windows 8 or Windows 10, or any MacOS products.
What action should you take
Firstly, you should check your Windows operating system to see if your computer or device is at risk. You can do this by following this link. If your computer is vulnerable, go to the Microsoft security portal as soon as possible for further guidance. There is a security update available from the portal which has managed to fix the weakness in the security, so if you are the user of one of the above Windows operating systems, you should update your security as soon as possible.
Cyber insurance with Premierline
Almost every company in the UK relies on digital communication or technology in some way, which means that criminals are now finding it easier than ever to attack your business online. In April, the BBC reported that during the first 4 months of 2019, more than half of UK businesses had experienced some form of cyber-attack.
Whilst it is almost impossible to completely prevent a cyber-attack, you can help protect your business against the aftermath of a cyber-attack with Cyber Insurance from Premierline. We work with some of the industry’s leading insurance companies to find your business the best deal on cyber insurance, which helps you get your business back up and running following a breach. Get in touch with one of our business insurance experts who can help you find the best policy that suits your business.
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