After the Internet Explorer flaw that also affects Windows XP, another threat aimed at users who are yet to upgrade to a newer OS version has been discovered, this time in China where plenty of computers are already under attack.
The Akamai Prolexic Security Engineering & Response Team (PLXsert) is reporting that cybercriminals in China are now using a completely new tool to exploit Windows computers, including those powered by XP, but also by newer versions of Microsoft’s operating system.
According to the report, the so-called Storm crimeware kit allows an attacker not only to download and upload malicious files, but also to run executable files on the target computer and even use the system to launch DDoS attacks.
Some sources claim that the same tool has previously been spotted online last year, but it appears that it gains traction only now after the retirement of Windows XP.
At this point, it’s not yet clear how exactly you can protect a computer from getting exploited, but as usual, staying away from malicious content and avoid clicking on suspicious links is the best way to avoid getting involved in such attempts.
Third-party stats show that Windows XP is still powering 26 percent of the desktop computers worldwide, which means that millions of PCs could become vulnerable to attacks if users do not upgrade to a different OS version. Microsoft itself warned that moving off Windows XP is a must for everyone, but not all users seem to actually care right now.