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Windows exploit lets hacking network break into government computers

Windows exploit lets hacking network break into government computers
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There's a major hacking network out there taking advantage of flaws in Windows XP and Adobe software to break into computers around the world. A security company recently discovered the group and says it's attacking government institutions and companies in over 45 countries.

In particular, researchers said a vulnerability in Windows XP and Windows 2003 -CVE-2013-5065 - termed a "privilege escalation vulnerability" is being used. "The CVE-2013-5065 exploit allows the backdoor to achieve administrator privileges on the system and run unrestricted. This exploit only works on unpatched Microsoft Windows XP systems."

The flaws let the hackers break into computers without the user knowing. Once they gain access to computers, they install their own programs and malware to steal information. So far, the group has been mainly attacking targets in Europe and the Middle East.

I warned you that something like this could happen when Microsoft stopped supporting XP earlier this year. If you're still running Windows XP on your computer, find out how you can keep your information safe.

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