Microsoft launches the alert.
In a post published on Tuesday
, the computer giant is worried about the risks of a new cyberattack of the magnitude of "WannaCry", this massive operation in which a "ransomware" had affected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries, whose systems from FedEx or Nissan.
The US giant has discovered a gap gap on some older versions of its Windows operating system, which he considers "highly likely" that it will soon be exploited by hackers.
Patches made available
Any "malware that exploits this vulnerability could spread from a vulnerable computer to a vulnerable computer in the same way that WannaCry has spread across the globe," says the company, which has already developed "patches ", Computer fixes that, once downloaded, preserve the danger systems.
Sign of the scale of the flaw, the group
put to use
patch users not only for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, but also for Windows 2003 and Windows XP. These last two versions are no longer supported by Microsoft which, in normal times, no longer provides patches to update them. Windows 10 and Windows 8 users are not affected.
Microsoft generally communicates little about this kind of discovery. But "it is important that affected systems are corrected as quickly as possible to prevent such a scenario [a new" WannaCry ", ed] from occurring.
The alert from Microsoft comes in a week already agitated. This Monday, the subsidiary of Facebook,
WhatsApp, acknowledged that hackers had managed to exploit a security breach
the application to install a "spyware" produced by the Israeli start-up NSO on the smartphone of a lawyer specializing in the defense of human rights activists.
Used by millions of people, the company nevertheless boasts end-to-end encryption of its messages to ensure the confidentiality of its communications. An update is since available and WhatsApp investigation to know the extent of piracy.
Tuesday, Intel also said that a flaw in its microprocessors could allow hackers to access data stored in the memory of computers they equip.