Cortana No Longer Gives Hackers Access to Windows

Half of Windows 10 users have experienced PC borkage says new research

The IT security experts have also been able to query the different paths of the computer and even change the account key configured in Windows 10.

As the entire rollout of Windows 10 April 2018 Update is powered by Microsoft's AI, the operating system has been termed as the fastest-adopted version of Windows 10 so far.

Cortana, like all digital assistants, is supposed to make life easier by organising your data and presenting you with helpful information when you need it.

Hackers could exploit the vulnerability to gain access to a locked computer. However, it is recommended to install the security patch to address the security flaw in Cortana and future potential threats. Indexing also means that files are accessible in the search function that Cortana uses.

'However, we should consider the increased risk of built-in digital personal assistants when looking at new attack vectors for laptops, tablets, and smartphones'.

Although most of the forums will continue to exist - just without technical support from Microsoft staff - the announcement states Microsoft Band, "Mobile devices" and Zune topics will be locked altogether.

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Even if you haven't installed the latest patch, you can protect your computer by manually disabling the voice assistant from the computer's lock screen.

Users who have updated with the most recent patch will be safe from this vulnerability.

This could leave a vast number of users still vulnerable to the attack worldwide.

Security researchers from McAfee discovered a major vulnerability in Cortana in Windows 10.

A pair of independent Israeli security researchers unearthed a flaw back in March which could be used to infect a computer with a virus.

The malicious network adapter can then intercept the web sessions to send the device to a malicious website, where malware can be downloaded to the machine. These are two vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Scripting Engine and one in the Windows DNSAPI.

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