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The Wall Street Journal: Russian hackers exploited Windows flaw, Microsoft says

The hackers believed responsible for breaking into computers at the Democratic National Committee have exploited previously undisclosed flaws in Microsoft Corp.’s MSFT, -0.20% Windows operating system and Adobe Systems Inc.’s ADBE, -0.60% Flash software, Microsoft said Tuesday.

It is unclear if those hackers, reportedly tied to Russia, used the newly disclosed vulnerabilities to hack into the DNC.

Microsoft on Tuesday criticized Alphabet Inc’s GOOG, -0.12%GOOGL, -0.55% Google for publicly identifying the Windows flaw on Monday, before Microsoft had had a chance to issue a patch.

In a blog post, Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, said the hackers, whom the company has dubbed Strontium, used “phishing” email messages leveraging vulnerabilities in Windows and Adobe Flash to target a specific set of customers.

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