Shortcut exploit: protect against it with this free tool

Sophos engineers have been busy developing and testing a free tool that protects users from malware exploiting the critical zero-day vulnerability known as the “Shortcut exploit”.

We have begun to see more hackers taking advantage of the exploit, spreading malware which takes advantage of Microsoft’s unpatched vulnerability.

Sophos has been doing a good job of protecting its customers against this problem (we detect exploited files as Exp/Cplink). But what if you’re not a Sophos user and are worried about the attacks?

We can now present, the Sophos Windows Shortcut Exploit Protection Tool. Watch the following video to see it in action:

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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