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Cybertalk: Zero-Day Vulnerabilities

Zero-day vulnerabilities are security flaws or weaknesses in software unknown to the vendor or the public. Why these are called zero days? Because developers have literally "zero days" to fix the vulnerability or release a patch before it is exploited by criminal hackers. In other words, the vulnerability becomes known to attackers before it becomes known to the software or system's developer.       

Zero-day vulnerabilities pose significant risks to our technology-fuelled digital world. There is absolutely no way that one can build a flawless system. This is what is exploited as zero days. If everyone contributes in their best capacity to reduce risk, the negative impact can certainly be brought down. Security researchers to contribute via help reporting these vulnerabilities when they come across, and the general public and organizations apply patches in a timely manner. This is how we can reduce the risk of zero days.

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