Dell Computer Vulnerability Discovered by 17-Year-Old

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Dell Computer Users Susceptible to Hackers

Dell Computers issued an important update to their customers after a reported security risk with their Dell SupportAssist software. The vulnerability was discovered by a 17-year-old named Bill Demirkapi. He alerted Dell about the breach, which left customer systems vulnerable to hackers, ransomware, malware, and more.

Essentially, the SupportAssist program has a bug allowing a hacker to take over the computer system and direct the user to a website that is not safe. From that site, the hacker will then perform execution attacks.

Dell quickly fixed the issue and released an update to all systems on April 23, 2019. However, while some users might ignore system updates, it is important that they enact this one. It’s reported that systems are only vulnerable when they are on the same network.

This is one more reason why connecting to a public wifi network is not a good idea. It is also important to note that all computer users should add passwords to their routers and home wifi networks, too.

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