White House warns for risks of pirated software

Posted 16 May 2017 21:21 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

The White House has warned for the security risks of illegal software. Tom Bossert, Trump’s advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism argues that pirated software often doesn’t receive updates which makes that users are at a higher risk of being infected with malware.

Bossert stated in a press conference, “It’s also important to know that pirated, stolen or otherwise unlicensed versions of affected software often will not receive patches. So it’s important to not use that unlicensed software. If you do you’ll be subject to extraordinarily susceptible infection. ”

He also notes that in the United States less computers have been infected than in other countries. He said aboutthat, “the United States, more than probably any other country, is extremely careful with their processes about how they handle any vulnerabilities that they’re aware of”.

Bossert also repeated the importance of installing updates to prevent attacks such as that from the Wannacry ransomware.

“Patching is the most important message”, he added.

 



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