The Federal Bureau of Investigation sent out a warning to several businesses that alerts them to the dangers of continuing to use this OS…
There’s a new, stern warning being put out by the FBI. The federal law enforcement agency says that anyone — companies in particular — should stop using Windows 7 right away. This, due to the lack of security updates to the operating system, which makes it increasingly vulnerable to attacks from bad actors.
FBI Issues Strong Warning to Windows 7 Users about Lack of Security Updates
The Bureau is imploring companies to upgrade their business machines to newer versions of Windows. (Which Microsoft will allow them to do, free of charge, to Windows 10, even though the original offer ended way back in July of 2016.) But, just upgrading the software might not be the only thing individuals and companies might have to do.
Computers running Windows 7 could be insufficient hardware-wise. They might not have the capacity to run newer versions of Windows, which are substantially larger than earlier releases.
However, not switching over could well be more costly. For instance, the FBI cited several Windows 7 exploits that have been frequently weaponized, which include EternalBlue, BlueKeep, and more. The warning, called a private industry notification or PIN, reads in-part:
“The FBI has observed cyber criminals targeting computer network infrastructure after an operating system achieves end of life status.
Continuing to use Windows 7 within an enterprise may provide cyber criminals access in to computer systems. As time passes, Windows 7 becomes more vulnerable to exploitation due to lack of security updates and new vulnerabilities discovered.
With fewer customers able to maintain a patched Windows 7 system after its end of life, cyber criminals will continue to view Windows 7 as a soft target.”