Hackers pounce on Windows crack exposed by Google

San/Francisco—Microsoft warned that a Windows vulnerability exposed by rival Google was being exploited by a hacking group suspected of cyber attacks on US political institutions.
Hackers that Microsoft researchers call “Strontium” launched a low-volume spear-phishing campaign aimed at a specific set of people, Windows and Devices Group executive vice president Terry Myerson said in a blog post.
Spear phishing involves tricking people with personally crafted email messages that get them to click on links or files booby-trapped with malicious code that infects machines, letting hackers steal information or take control.
The vulnerability exposed this week let hackers slip into computers through web browsing software, eventually installing “back doors” through which they could enter as they please.—APP

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