No matter what OS you are using, the Internet can be a dangerous place. There are constantly viruses and scams looking to take advantage and potentially steal your information.
According to Microsoft, they have been alerted to a digital certificate that was issued by TURKTRUST, which is actually a fraudulent certificate and could be used to perform phishing attacks and more.
Microsoft’ special alert says, “This fraudulent certificate could be used to spoof content, perform phishing attacks, or perform man-in-the-middle attacks. This issue affects all supported releases of Microsoft Windows.”
In addition, TURKTRUST issued two subsidiary CAs that created a false digital certificate for Google’s main domain, which could also open the door for hacks on a number of Google web services.
Microsoft is responding to the issue by updating its Certificate Trust list and is providing an update for Windows 8 down through older versions like Windows XP that removes the trust of certificates that could be used for the attack.
If you already have automatic updates turned on in your current version of Windows, no worries. The update is a priority fix and will automatically fetch itself and install it to stop any potential attacks or other issues that these false certificates could create. If you don’t have automatic update turned on, or have Windows 2003 or Windows XP (both which don’t have auto-update features), you will want to download the update as soon as possible, manually.
For more information, hit up Microsoft’s security bulletin site.