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Just a short month after the WikiLeaks dump came the sudden flood of software exploits, all from the National Security Agency’s systems. Most of these were initially labeled as zero-day exploits that focused on older Windows operating systems that hadn’t received security updates, something which many large organizations had yet to implement. While Microsoft was quick to push out patches for these vulnerabilities, some of which were available for nearly a month prior to the actual Shadow Broker’s reveal, these exploits were later used for some of the largest ransomware attacks to date.

Austin Castle

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Austin Castle

Social Media Manager

Austin Castle has explored the intersections of people and technology for 10 years. As social media manager, he creates a range of marketing and editorial content for Webroot’s global audience.