NSA Shares Concerns: “Users of Microsoft Windows Susceptible to the Latest BlueKeep Virus”
- BlueKeep is a “self-replicating ransomware” which is extremely difficult to get rid of once installed on a user’s machine.
- The way Bluekeep works is quite similar to how the ‘WannaCry’ bug — which infected 200k computers back in 2017 — operates.
Numerous Machines Affected By Bluekeep Virus
In what is being viewed as a first of its kind, the US National Security Agency (NSA) has issued an online circular asking users of Microsoft’s popular operating system ‘Windows’ to patch their machines so as to protect themselves from the BlueKeep virus that is currently doing the rounds over the internet.
Additionally, in this regard, it should also be pointed out that Microsoft recently made an “open request to white hat hackers around the world” so as to try and hack into their Azure Cloud Computing platform — thereby weeding out any major security vulnerabilities that might currently be affecting the digital offering.
For those of our readers who may not be aware of what BlueKeep is, it is essentially a security vulnerability that has been designed to infect the host’s machine with a self-replicating worm malware.
Also, it should be highlighted that NSA officials are worried that this latest bug might serve as a throwback to 2017 when a ransomware called ‘WannaCry’ infected more than 200,000 computers worldwide in a similar fashion.
From a purely numbers standpoint, we can see that Azure’s cloud computing market share currently lays around the 16.5 percent mark. In this regard, we can see that with increasing competition coming in from other established players such as Amazon, Google and Alibaba, it is only natural that Microsoft is trying its best to retain its current user base (using any means necessary).
Lastly, we also need to mention that Azure has previously been faced with a number of service disruptions that were caused due to bad SSL certificates as well as other minor bugs.
Can BlueKeep Affect Decentralized Systems?
To promote its aforementioned whitehat experiment, Microsoft is making use of Safe Harbor rules wherein security researchers are provided with complete “legal clearance and immunity to report detected vulnerabilities” to the firm.
A number of experts are now beginning to question whether threats like BlueKeep will also pop up within decentralized operating systems such as EOS or nOS. With that being said, it should be understood that since decentralized OS’ make use of nodes, there is ”little to no chance” that they can be infected as easily as their centralized counterparts.