Windows 10: Microsoft claims "no known ransomware" runs on Windows 10 S

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       23 Jun 2017 #1

    Microsoft claims "no known ransomware" runs on Windows 10 S


    Microsoft claims "no known ransomware" runs on Windows 10 S, its newest, security-focused operating system.

    The software giant announced the version of Windows earlier this year as the flagship student-focused operating system to ship with its newest Surface Laptop. Microsoft touted the operating system as being less susceptible to ransomware because of its locked down configuration -- to the point where you can't run any apps outside the protective walled garden of its app store. In order to get an app approved, it has to go through rigorous testing to ensure its integrity. That's one of several mitigations that helps to protect the operating system to known file-encrypting malware.

    We wanted to see if such a bold claim could hold up.

    Spoiler alert: it didn't.

    Read more: Microsoft says 'no known ransomware' runs on Windows 10 S - so we tried to hack it | ZDNet
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  2.    23 Jun 2017 #1

    Microsoft didn't say Windows 10 S was unhackable. They said that no known version of Ransomware can successfully attack a Windows 10 S machine, which is completely true. The ZDNet article described a manual, human driven process to install potential malware.

    In other words, nothing that is currently in the wild will infect a 10 S machine automatically.

    That's not saying much though. Since new malware could be written to specifically target 10 S, but it's doubtful anyone will bother since 10 S will likely have a pretty small percentage of users.
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