Russian Hackers at work. PHOTO | PD
Russian Hackers at work. PHOTO | PD

Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 and urged every user to migrate to Windows 8 or 10. Security experts warn that Africa will be the next target of hackers and urge every company to migrate as soon as possible to avoid being vulnerabilities.

Edwin Kariuki, Country Manager, Continuity East Africa at technology firm Internet Solutions said in days to come, SMEs will be exposed to insecurity vulnerability because vendors will no longer do patching.

Kenya’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) without extensive firewalls to protect data from hackers face hard times ahead after Microsoft withdrew its support for the popular Windows 7 operating system (OS).

The end of Windows 7 has accorded with a warning from Kaspersky security, of the existence of thousands of notifications of malware attacks to banks in sub-Saharan Africa by hackers from the Silence group famously known as Russian hackers. 

The US global technology firm said it ceased offering security updates, non-security quick-fix engineering updates, free or paid assisted support options and online technical content for the OS on Tuesday.
Windows 7 is preferred by most Kenyan SMEs, who use it to run their enterprise programmes.

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