DHS urges Windows users to delete QuickTime over hacking fears

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning Windows customers to stop using Apple’s QuickTime media player.

{mosads}Apple has pulled its support for the program, once widely used to play video and audio clips. Although it has patched security flaws in the program steadily, its last update came in January.

Continuing to use the unsupported program, the DHS warns, exposes users to “elevated cybersecurity dangers, such as increased risks of malicious attacks or electronic data loss.”

The agency warns that hackers could take control of users’ computers through a vulnerability in the software. The only solution, it says, is to completely uninstall the program.

The security firm TrendMicro recently uncovered two new vulnerabilities in the program, although it notes in a blog post about the alert that it is not aware of any active attacks exploiting the flaws.

Use of QuickTime has been largely supplanted by online streaming services like YouTube.

Apple will continue to patch flaws and offer support for the program running on its own operating system.


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