The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued an official warning for financial institutions that continue to use the outdated Windows 7 operating system and have advised to leave it as soon as possible.
Microsoft has fixed 49 bugs, of which four vulnerabilities, CVE-2020-0601, CVE-2020-0609, CVE-2020-0610 and CVE-2020-0611, affect all Windows 7 users. It is highly recommended that all users update their system with a new patch.
“By using the CVE-2020-0601 vulnerability, attackers can intercept confidential information when starting different software. Three other vulnerabilities enabled external code execution and full control of the computer. This allows attackers to perform various actions and unauthorized installation of programs. In addition, they can create an administrator account to view, change or delete data, “- the warning says.
Currently, there are no cases where users of Windows 7 lost private keys, but were subjected to hidden mining. Recent cases of computer infection have occurred through the .wav and .jpeg files.
However, experts are absolutely certain that Windows 7 is not very reliable and has a large number of vulnerabilities that have not yet been opened. The only advice for users of this system is to permanently disconnect the computer from the Internet if it contains critical information.
In a Forbes article, Microsoft issued a statement strongly recommending 400 million users to buy new computers instead of updating Windows 7.