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Federal cyber team tells Windows users to quit QuickTime

Posted by Steve Schram on April 21, 2016 at 10:25 AM

Originally published on April 18, 2016 on Computer World by Gregg Keizer.

The cyber readiness team that's part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has advised Windows users to uninstall Apple's QuickTime media player from their PCs.

"Computers running QuickTime for Windows will continue to work after support ends," US-CERT wrote in an advisory published Thursday. "However, using unsupported software may increase the risks from viruses and other security threats. Potential negative consequences include loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability of data, as well as damage to system resources or business assets. The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows."

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