US officials warn against Windows risks

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urged personal computer owners to immediately fix a dangerous vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating systems, an AFP report said.
The report quoted a statement from the agency as saying that "this vulnerability could impact government systems, private industry and critical infrastructure, as well as individual and home users."
Windows runs most of the world's computers and has been a constant target of attacks by worms, Trojans, viruses and other malicious software.
Attackers could take advantage of the software weakness to remotely take control of computers, according to the DHS.
PC users were urged to apply Microsoft security patch MS06-040 "as quickly as possible," the report said.