Microsoft says users are protected from alleged NSA malware

Posted: Updated:
PARIS (AP) -

Microsoft says the recent dump of purported National Security Agency spying tools doesn't affect up-to-date users of Windows, puncturing claims that the digital arsenal was poised to create chaos across the internet.

In a blog post, Microsoft security manager Phillip Misner said that the software giant had already built defenses against nine of the 12 tools disclosed by TheShadowBrokers, a mysterious group that has repeatedly published NSA code. The three others affected old, unsupported products.

Researchers who spent Friday sifting through TheShadowBrokers' code previously said that the tools exploited undisclosed vulnerabilities , a potentially serious development that worried the security community.

But that wasn't the case, and Misner said Saturday that "most of the exploits are already patched."

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have a photo to share with us? Email it to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE

  • Most Popular Stories

    • Wichita Chipotle customers at risk after breach

      Chipotle says customers' personal information may have been compromised as a result of a recent nationwide data-breach.

    • Both Maize high schools win state baseball championships

      Maize, Kan. is a baseball town. The Maize Eagles and Maize South Mavericks are state champions on the diamond. The Eagles were able to rally from down 4-0 to St. Thomas Aquinas to beat them on a walk-off 2RBI single from Jacob Taylor for the Class 5A State Championship at Eck Stadium. “We always fight, we never stop fighting until it's the last inning, you know we were right there, we just kind of kept going, Taylor said. “We have this little thing it's called gum time, ...
    • Wichita car dealer accused of deception, ordered to pay thousands

      An agreement between Cars Unlimited LLC and the District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division calls for the dealer to pay a customer $4,482.

    • Search for missing Butler Co. man postponed due to darkness

      A search for a missing Butler County man fear drowned in the Walnut River is being postponed until morning due to darkness

    • Ex-Texas nurse accused of killing dozens of kids in 1980s

      Prosecutors say a Texas nurse who is in prison for the 1984 killing of a toddler and who faces new charges in the 1981 death of an infant is suspected of killing as many as 60 young children around that time.
    • Manhattan murder suspect arrested at Wichita motel

      Steven Harris was arrested at the Motel 6 on East Kellogg Drive. Wichita police also took Cora Brown into custody.

    • Ark City man arrested on rape, other charges

      Arkansas City police say they've arrested a man in connection with a sexual assault from earlier this week. 

    • Wichita homeowner blames city for basement flooding

      Danny Jones said water flooding his basement last Friday night is the fault of a clogged City of Wichita water main.  So he wants the city of Wichita to pay damages to his home.

    • Former Valley Center officer charged with sex crimes

      49-year-old Thomas Delgado was charged Friday with sexual exploitation of a child, sexual battery, attempted sexual battery, official misconduct and three counts of harassment by telecom device. 

    • Man arrested in Wichita hookah lounge shooting

      A 21-year-old man was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Booking records identify him as John Houze.