Vulnerability In some Microsoft Computers


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The Department of Homeland Security, via the National Infrastructure Protection Center, has issued an advisory of a serious computer vulnerability in Microsoft Windows computers.

SYSTEM'S AFFECTED: Computers using the following operating system's:
    Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
    Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Services Edition
    Microsoft Windows 2000
    Microsoft Windows XP
    Microsoft Windows Server 2003
This flaw will allow your computer to be taken over remotely. All of your files could be erased, and your computer used to launch attacks against other computers and key computer networks. It is even possible that such an attack could knock portions of the Internet offline.

The Federal Government has detected increased scanning for computers with this vulnerability and predicts that hackers are developing tools to take over millions of computers. In the past several hours, exploits that take advantage of this security problem are being passed around the Internet.

The Department of Homeland Security and Microsoft recommend IMMEDIATE updating of your computer's software if it is vulnerable. You can follow the link below to Microsoft's site where you can download the update.

DHS and Microsoft further suggest that Internet Service Providers and network administrators consider blocking TCP and UDP ports 135, 139, and 445 for inbound connections unless absolutely needed for business or operational purposes.

Please do your part in keeping your up to date to prevent possible widespread Internet outages.

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Download the updates for your computer here!

Article submitted by: Telli
Last Update: 08-06-2003
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