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Canada over three million PCs with uncertain Windows System

11:18  15 january  2022
11:18  15 january  2022 Source:   welt.de

"attackers have the foot in the door": over three million PCs in Germany with uncertain Windows System

 two years ago, Microsoft introduced the Support for the Windows 7 PC operating system. Meanwhile, the software is hopelessly outdated - and thereby uncertain. © Photo: Mauritz Antin / EPA / DPA Keyboard of a notebook with a Windows 7 sticker in Germany run over three million personal computers with an outdated and insecure version of the Microsoft operating system Windows. This is from a study of the security company ESET published on Saturday. Much of the uncertain systems, namely 2.7 million

in Germany run over three million personal computers with an outdated and insecure version of the Microsoft operating system Windows. Much of the uncertain systems, namely 2.7 million devices, is operated with Windows 7.

In Deutschland laufen über drei Millionen Personal Computer mit einer veralteten und unsicheren Version des Microsoft-Betriebssystems Windows. © Mauritz Antin / EPA / DPA In Germany run over three million personal computers with an obsolete and insecure version of the Microsoft operating system Windows.

This is evident from a study of the security company ESET. The uncertain systems also include outdated versions of Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 8, which can be found on around 450,000 PCs together. In one year, the support for Windows version 8.1 is also running, which is currently being used to 1.3 million PCs in Germany. On the safe side, the approximately 44 million users of Windows 10 are the latest version Windows 11 plays a role in statistics.

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Many recovered over the past year

«The use of outdated software is grossly negligent," said Thorsten Urbanski, security expert of ESET. For private users and especially companies, the use of an obsolete system software can be expensive to be expensive. "A vulnerability, for example, in a no longer supported operating system, is sufficient and attackers have the foot in the door and permanent access to the victim's computer."

Urbanski also referred to a positive trend at the same time. Many private users would have used the past year and brought their computers to the latest. "This year, around two million unclear Windows computers are less on the net in Germany." Also the look into the future voice positive. «The use of Windows 8.1 is declining, and horror scenarios such as the support end of XP or 7 will not occur 2023.»

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Infringement of Privacy

Companies and Authorities, when ignoring the Support End for Windows 7 and other outdated Windows versions, will not only be a higher risk because this facilitates cyber attacks. Those who do not care about the updates violates expert assessments against the European Data Protection Basic Regulation (DSGVO). The EU Directive requires to comply with the "state of the art" in the processing and use of personal data.

Windows 7 was on the market over ten years on 22 October 2009 as a successor to the unsuccessful Windows Vista and was used by PC manufacturers by 2014. The successor Windows 8 also came with starting difficulties and did not convince many users. Therefore, many companies, Windows 7, remained faithful after 2014.

Hundreds of Vulnerabilities

Under the Microsoft operating systems, Windows 7 generally considered mature and safe. After the end of official support from the US software konzern, however, many vulnerabilities were discovered, which were no longer closed. In 2020, the number of 388 officially registered problems achieved a high. Last year, the CVE system recorded with which security gaps and other weaknesses are detected in computer systems, 253 cases. After all,

companies and organizations can still purchase cost updates at Microsoft. By contrast, private users have no access to the security updates. And that could have, for example, on online banking fatal consequences, warns security expert Uhlemann.

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