Microsoft warns Windows operating system (OS) users about BlueKeep's vulnerability. Also known as CVE-2019-0708, it takes advantage of a security breach in the pre-Windows 10 OS remote access system to remotely execute malicious code, allowing direct access to the victim's computer.
Researchers from the tech giant's cyber security department reveal in a blog post that BlueKeep has been increasingly exploited by hackers, especially on more vulnerable computers. In all, 100 crashes on remote access systems related to vulnerability have been reported since September 6 this year.
In early November, Microsoft experts discovered that several attacks using BlueKeep had been linked to cryptocurrency mining campaigns. Researchers find that France, Russia and Italy are in the top three countries most affected.
BlueeKeep vulnerability has been known to Microsoft since May this year, when it released a critical update. To ensure that the system is protected from exploitation of vulnerabilities, the company recommends that users who have not yet installed a security patch do so as soon as possible.