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Security: Windows 10 Has a Security Flaw So Severe the NSA Disclosed It

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In a shift toward transparency, the National Security Agency announced a bug that could have left over 900 million PCs vulnerable to attack.

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NSA Cybersecurity Directorate head Anne Neuberger briefed reporters Tuesday about a critical Windows 10 bug that the agency chose to disclose rather than weaponize.Photograph: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images

Microsoft released a patch for Windows 10 and Server 2016 today after the National Security Agency found and disclosed a serious vulnerability. It’s a rare but not unprecedented tip-off, one that underscores the flaw’s severity—and maybe hints at new priorities for the NSA.

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Lily Hay Newman

is a senior writer at WIRED focused on information security, digital privacy, and hacking. She previously worked as a technology reporter at Slate magazine and was the staff writer for Future Tense, a publication and project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. Additionally…

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