Week in security: Are cybercriminals getting ready to storm the BlueKeep?

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Australian government cybersecurity experts were practically screaming at system administrators to patch the BlueKeep vulnerability, which Microsoft has warned could be exploited to inflict widespread damage in the vein of WannaCry.

Microsoft’s August security update reflected the urgency of fixing that problem, with the 93 addressed including four critical flaws that look and sound a lot like BlueKeep.

The government warnings also extended to the DMARC email anti-spoofing technology, with the Australian Signals Directorate offering guidance on how and why to implement the technology.

Such fixes are going to be essential given the rising tide of high-level cybersecurity activity, with businesses potentially becoming collateral damage in the growing cyber-war climate.

Yet many businesses are opening themselves to breaches simply by ignoring the protections that are already in place – as some 25 percent of users do, according to a new Google study that found breached password alerts were routinely ignored.

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