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Major Panic As Tech Giants Scramble To Patch Software Flaw

A bug hidden within a piece of open-source server software called Log4j has caused a security crisis, as companies such as Amazon and Twitter scramble to patch the vulnerability.

The flaw allows hackers to exploit log files on servers, turning them into malicious instructions that download unauthorised spyware, allowing bad actors access to a server.

The bug is relatively simple to exploit and hard to block, making this the perfect tool for hackers.

Hackers started exploiting the bug on Friday, accessing servers running Microsoft’s Minecraft gaming software. By the weekend, hackers had moved onto exploiting other servers on the internet, including cloud systems.

Microsoft advised users to upgrade their software to patch the bug.

“We are actively monitoring this issue, and are working on addressing it,” wrote Amazon in a security alert.

“Our teams are looking into it, but we have no details to share at this time,” a Twitter spokeswoman.

A LinkedIn spokeswoman said, “while we’re responding to this, just as security teams at many companies are, we’re not experiencing any active issue.”

The Department of Homeland Security also issued an alert about the bug, urging companies to work to thwart it.

“To be clear, this vulnerability poses a severe risk,” explains the Department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly.

“We will only minimise potential impacts through collaborative efforts between government and the private sector.”

 



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