FREAK response not good enough, experts claim

FREAK response not good enough, experts claim

Microsoft, along with a number of cloud firms, have been too slow to respond to a flaw in Freak, say commentators.

More computers have been infected than at first thought, with cloud companies finding it difficult to resolve the effects caused by the malware.

Security vendor Skyhigh Networks conducted research showing 766 cloud providers remaining vulnerable to the flaw in FREAK. The flaw exploits SSL/TLS in a way that forces an HTTPS connection.

Graham Cluley, security consultant, told SCMagazineUK.com:

“Did Microsoft look at their software before and miss that it was vulnerable, or has it taken until now to confirm there is a problem? It does appear that the public announcement of Freak was slightly premature, caused by a blog post from Akamai being released early.”

Microsoft’s latest security advisory said that users of Windows need to remain vigilant when it comes to a potential FREAK attack.

The computing giant would not say why it didn’t make an announcement earlier, but said in a statement that the security advisory provided sufficient help for customers. It insisted that it will be continuing to investigate the issue and that any steps necessary to protect its customers will be taken.

Personal users will be susceptible to the flaw, but businesses will also need to be prepared to handle any potential attacks. The best way that they can do that is to fill cyber security jobs with up and coming young professionals who are keen and enthusiastic with regards to their knowledge of the latest threats.

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