Dormann tweeted: “This problem seems to be introduced around the time of Windows 10 1803. Prior versions of Windows do not appear to be affected.”

The way the attack works is hackers can hide a specially crafted line in a Windows shortcut, ZIP file or folder.

To trigger it, all a Windows 10 users need to do is to extract the ZIP file or simply look at the folder which contains the compromised shortcut.

Once that happens it will automatically get trigger and a user’s hard drive will get corrupted.

Speaking about the threat, a Microsoft spokesperson said: “We are aware of this issue and will provide an update in a future release.

“The use of this technique relies on social engineering and as always we encourage our customers to practice good computing habits online, including exercising caution when opening unknown files, or accepting file transfers.”


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