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Microsoft ransomware-protected Windows 10 S gets hack-tested

We asked a leading security researcher to test Microsoft's claim that "no known ransomware" installs on its newest, locked down version of Windows 10.

Microsoft claims "no known ransomware" runs on Windows 10 S, its newest, security-focused operating system.

The software giant announced the version of Windows earlier this year as the flagship student-focused operating system to ship with its newest Surface Laptop. Microsoft touted the operating system as being less susceptible to ransomware because of its locked down configuration -- to the point where you can't run any apps outside the protective walled garden of its app store. In order to get an app approved, it has to go through rigorous testing to ensure its integrity. That's one of several mitigations that helps to protect the operating system against known file-encrypting malware.

We wanted to see if such a bold claim could hold up. 

We asked Matthew Hickey, a security researcher and co-founder of cybersecurity firm Hacker House, a simple question: Will ransomware install on this operating system?

Read the rest of the story on our sister site ZDNet.