For starters nobody likes having their dirty laundry aired, and secondly Microsoft hasn’t actually sorted out a fix yet.
With the vulnerability now out in the open it hasn’t taken hackers long to catch on and start taking advantage in the brief window before Microsoft pushes out a fix.
According to Engadget, Microsoft has already identified a group called Strontium which have started a low-level campaign whereby they use the vulnerability to trick users into handing over their personal information.
Microsoft says it will have a fix sorted by 8 November but that’s a good few days away and until then Strontium are free to do as they please.
Am I affected?
As long as you’re running Windows 10 with the Anniversary update and have the latest versions of Chrome or Edge then you should be absolutely fine.
If you’re running an older version of Windows or either of those browsers however then there might be some cause for concern.
There is some good news though, Microsoft claims that Strontium’s reach has been very small so for now it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever even notice the vulnerability in the first place.
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