The UK urges organizations to urgently install Microsoft updates

The UK cybersecurity agency urged organizations to install the latest Microsoft updates as a matter of urgency on Friday after the company became aware of flaws that make email servers vulnerable.

“We are working closely with industry and international partners to understand the scale and impact of the UK exposure, but it is imperative that all organizations take immediate steps to secure their networks,” said Paul Chichester. operations director at the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC). “While this work is in progress, the most important action is to install the latest Microsoft updates.”

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The NCSC appeal follows similar warnings from authorities in the United States and Europe on weaknesses found in Microsoft’s Exchange Server software. The number of potentially vulnerable servers in Britain ranged from 7,000 to 8,000, NCSC officials said, and about half of them had already been fixed.

The patch, released by Microsoft earlier this month, fixes the vulnerability, but doesn’t fix any malware such as already installed ransomware. “Organizations should also be exposed to the threat of ransomware and become familiar with our guide,” Chichester said. “Any incidents affecting UK organizations must be reported to the NCSC.”

Officials said they had not seen ransomware attacks related to the Microsoft Exchange problem take place in Britain on any scale, but the longer the servers remained vulnerable, the more the risk would increase.

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News Highlights:

  • The UK cybersecurity agency urged organizations to install the latest Microsoft updates as a matter of urgency on Friday after the company became aware of flaws that make email servers vulnerable. “We are working closely with industry and international partners to understand the scale and impact of the UK exposure, but it is imperative that all organizations take immediate steps to secure their networks,” said Paul Chichester. operations director at the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC).
  • The UK urges organizations to urgently install Microsoft updates