Martijn Lammerts
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NSA Collects MS Windows Error Information

1 August 2017
Back in 2013, Der Spiegel reported that the NSA intercepts and collects Windows bug reports: One example of the sheer creativity with which the TAO spies approach their work can be seen in a hacking method they use that exploits the error-proneness of Microsoft's Windows. Every user of the operating system is familiar with the annoying window that occasionally pops...
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Zero-Day Vulnerabilities against Windows in the NSA Tools Released by the Shadow Brokers

28 July 2017
In April, the Shadow Brokers -- presumably Russia -- released a batch of Windows exploits from what is presumably the NSA. Included in that release were eight different Windows vulnerabilities. Given a presumed theft date of the data as sometime between 2012 and 2013 -- based on timestamps of the documents and the limited Windows 8 support of the tools:...
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Is Continuing to Patch Windows XP a Mistake?

21 June 2017
Last week, Microsoft issued a security patch for Windows XP, a 16-year-old operating system that Microsoft officially no longer supports. Last month, Microsoft issued a Windows XP patch for the vulnerability used in WannaCry. Is this a good idea? This 2014 essay argues that it's not: The zero-day flaw and its exploitation is unfortunate, and Microsoft is likely smarting from...
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Disable Vista User Account Control (UAC)

8 February 2009

How disable Vista User Account Control (UAC). This can be done at serveral ways.

First, what is User Account Control (UAC). UAC is a Windows Vista built-in feautyre to automatically reduce the potential of security issues for your system. UAC forces users that are member of the local administrators group to run like they are regular users without administrative rights.
When a user is a member of the local administrators group or of the Domain Admins group tries to perform a taks or start a programs that requires administrative privileges, Windows Vista stops this operation automatically and prompts the user to acknowledge it to running the task

The following warning will appear at your desktop.

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