Weaponized software flaws now threaten everyone, not just the few.
We’re now living in the era of the mega-hack. More than ever, software flaws are being seized on by sophisticated hackers who take these bugs — and use them to create attacks that compromise the computer systems of thousands of organizations, all at once.
Newly discovered vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Exchange Server provide a good example of this evolution. The flaws were seized on by (likely China-backed) hackers as a way to attack networks, with of systems apparently compromised in a widespread attack. At least 10 other groups are thought to be attempting to use the same exploits, and now cyber criminals are piggy-backing on the original attack in an attempt to deliver ransomware too.