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Hack Could Allow Windows 7 To Get Updates For Three More Years UPDATED


Although Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 7 almost three years ago, it has maintained a "last resort option" in the form of its Extended Security Updates (ESU) program. ESU updates only contain security fixes, nothing else, and are designed to provide a lifeline for organizations that can't move away from old products.




Hack Could Allow Windows 7 to Get Updates for Three More Years



This year's March Patch Tuesday will feature three more updates and three more patches than the same month in 2011, but will fix fewer bugs than the March roster in each of the years 2008-2010, according to records kept by Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security.


You could not stay on Windows 7 forever but could use it another 3 years. Because Windows 7 Extended Security Update (ESU) includes a maximum of three years for critical and important security updates if you paid for it, and it will end on January 10, 2023.


Basically, what you are telling me is that I could have left all the settings as they were and at some future time I would have received these updates. But what I find a little hard to swallow is why I received these updates immediately after I made these changes.


Furthermore, the company discovered that hackers had been in its system for years, meaning the data leak could have potentially impacted more than 200 of its clients and millions of mobile users around the world.


If you are a new Game Pass customer, you can add three years of prepaid Xbox Live Gold (which you can usually find online for $60 or sometimes even for $50). As you join the Game Pass Ultimate service, the process will allow you to convert the time left to the new service up to 36 months.


Figure 3.3 breaks down how often senior managers get updates on the state of cyber security and any actions being taken. It shows that updates tend to be more frequent in businesses than in charities, continuing a trend from previous years.


In order to overcome these challenges IT teams had to engage boards through how they framed cyber security. Boards were more receptive if they viewed cyber security as a threat to business continuity carrying an operational or financial risk. This allowed them to visualise the impact a serious breach could have and made facilitating discussion and, ultimately, securing the desired budget more straightforward. Conversely, board members were less likely to engage if it was presented solely as an IT issue. Some organisations, particularly smaller charities, had started to attempt to overcome the challenges and their own lack of expertise in this area by joining networks of CEOs or other organisation leaders to tackle cyber security.


As in previous years, organisations that face non-phishing breaches or attacks, for example viruses or ransomware, account takeovers, hacking attempts or other unauthorised access, are much more likely than average to experience a negative outcome as a result (38% vs. 20% overall for businesses and 35% vs. 19% overall for charities). This means that while these kinds of breaches are rarer, the damage they can inflict on organisations is often more substantial. They still, therefore, represent a significant threat for all organisations to consider, alongside more common threats like phishing emails.


Some devices, especially those that went on sale more than three years ago, only get bi-annual updates. In some cases, Samsung may send security updates when a critical vulnerability is discovered or an old vulnerability gets fixed for any device.


For years, drivers who used their Tesla NFC key card to unlock their cars had to place the card on the center console to begin driving. Following the update, which was reported here last August, drivers could operate their cars immediately after unlocking them with the card. The NFC card is one of three means for unlocking a Tesla; a key fob and a phone app are the other two.


CERT-In (the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (opens in new tab)) has identified several vulnerabilities in Zoom. While one of the vulnerabilities can allow an unauthorized remote attacker to join a Zoom meeting, another could allow a remote hacker to download audio and video from meetings they aren't authorized to join if exploited. All of these vulnerabilities have been reported to Zoom and CERT-In recommends updating to the latest version of the software to avoid any potential attacks leveraging them.


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