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About a week ago, Google publicly revealed that there was a security flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Flaws do pop up every now and then as hackers can get pretty creative with how they go about their hacks, but what Microsoft did not appreciate was the fact that Google made it public before they could fix it.

The company then announced that they would be fixing it next week, which is this week, and the good news for Windows users is that it looks like the patch has already been made available. According to Microsoft, “This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker logs on to an affected system and runs a specially crafted application that could exploit the vulnerabilities and take control of an affected system.”

Microsoft also stated last week that there were hackers who had already taken advantage of the security flaw. This came in the form of a group of Russian hackers who called themselves Strontium, and apparently they conducted some low-volume phishing campaigns as a result of this flaw. In any case your computer should be relatively safe once you have patched it. The patch will also contain fixes for six critical flaws, so if you haven’t done so already, you should probably go ahead and update your Windows computer.

Filed in Computers. Read more about Google, Microsoft, Security, Windows and Windows 10.

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