NSA Malware Has Gotten Loose – IOTW Report

NSA Malware Has Gotten Loose

If you’re running something older than Windows 10, I’ve got bad news. Somebody leaked a bunch of NSA software designed to hack machines running the older Windows operating software, something like 65 percent of the computers using the internet.

A Microsoft spokesman has stated that the company is reviewing the situation and “will take the necessary actions to protect our customers.”


In the meantime, I’m sure Microsoft would be more than happy to sell you its latest version of Windows which the leaked software doesn’t hack.

22 Comments on NSA Malware Has Gotten Loose

  1. As if I completely trust Microsoft to keep my PC safe. Who says Win10 isn’t specifically coded for direct contact with the NSA, thus the need for hacking older OS systems?

    The important computers I have are not connected to the internet. They have no need for that, so why would I?

    PCs like the one I’m using now? Disposable. If it becomes unusable from some malware, I’ll wipe it and re-install a disk image. Even though it’s been around 15 years since I’ve had to do that, making a disk image is the first thing I do with a new PC and also after getting it set up.

    I have no illusions that my PCs connected to the net have ever been secure from the prying eyes of gov or bad people with code skills. So, nothing I want long term stays on them.

  2. You can kill the spyware on 10.

    We still run Vista on the kids machine, all they do is play games with it. Really ticks them off too, they think I owe them a better game console!

  3. Windows 10 is such a piece of crap you kind of hope a Tsunami takes out Seattle. The have this Cortana assistant that is tied into everything on the PC it’s actually impossible to completely turn it off so you have to go in section by section (as well as a Cortana module) shutting off the functions (like reporting internet usage back to MS) and even then it’s so tightly bound you can’t stop it completely. It’s like trying to shut down HAL. My notebook hasn’t been the same since 10 and 10.2 only made it worse.

  4. I’ve yet to find a discussion for the pathways used by that malware. Anyone have an informative link to one? Particularly, most of us need to know if our routers are susceptible as a way in or if these attacks use Javascript, etc.

    I’m glad I run NoScript which is set to allow no scripting except on a few trusted sites.

  5. Linux 4.4.0-66 here.
    Windows 2000 for emulated Arcade MAME shell (with no internet access).

    Nothing else.

    Well, the kids illegally downloaded windows 7, 8 and 10. They know better than to ask me for any help with it.

  6. This is why I have an old toy photo box with a Dinosaur diorama over my computer camera.
    The government is into everything
    The only solution is collapse the power grid and go back to a pre-technological life.
    If they want to find out what I’m up to they can climb my fence and write it down

  7. Terrific:

    <a href="https://it.slashdot.org/story/17/04/15/0021207/remote-access-router-exploit-finally-revealed?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot+%28Slashdot%29"Remote-Access Router Exploit Finally Revealed (Slashdot)

    The links in the article are worth a read. I must have missed the announcement in 2013 of Cisco’s original problem.

    But, having just bought a new TP-Link router, I turned-off its UPnP (universal plug ‘n play) support (and a bunch of other stuff).

    I’m getting sick of this crap.

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