Microsoft Patches Windows XP In Response to WannaCrypt Attacks
Just wondering outloud if Bill Gates were still at Microsoft if he would have done this. It’s probably a good move, though, that will be rewarded by better customer loyalty in appreciation for this move.
On Friday evening, Microsoft released patches for Windows XP, Server 2003, and Windows 8, after those systems were infected with Ransomware on Friday.
WannaCrypt, a variant of WannaCry Ransomware, used previously leaked NSA tools to exploit vulnerabilities in the Windows platform.
The WannaCry attacks on Friday reached 125,000 systems worldwide, impacting the National Health Service in the UK, as well as shipping giant FedEx. The Ransomware infection spread quickly Friday afternoon, as the attackers leveraged code stolen from the NSA (EternalBlue / DoublePulsar) to target Server Message Block (SMB) protocol in Windows.
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