Critical security update for older versions of Microsoft Windows

Microsoft announced yesterday that they had discovered a security vulnerability in older versions of Windows that could allow a hacker to access the computer without any user action required. This is covered under advisory CVE-2019-0708.

Affected versions:

Windows XP
Windows 7
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008

Unaffected versions:

Windows 10
Windows Server 2016
Windows Server 2019

Due to the far-reaching affects of this vulnerability, Microsoft has taken the unusual step of releasing updates for versions of Windows that have been outside mainstream support for several years (e.g. Windows XP and Windows Server 2003).

Have There Been Any Attacks Yet?

As of the writing of this post Microsoft says they have not seen any evidence of attacks against this serious security vulnerability.

Canada Set To Be A Global Leader in Cyber Security

We've all heard about the massive cyber breaches that have been reported in the news over the past year, which have made a lot of people nervous, and rightly so.

The Government of Canada has released its long-awaited update to the national cyber security strategy, which is designed to better protect Canadians from cyber crime, quickly respond to emerging threats, and provide protection for critical government and private sector systems.