The Most Download Update that Microsoft will Release
Microsoft wants to beat the threats coming from the WannaCry virus with its major update. There are still some good news for those who haven’t upgraded to Windows 10. Even though Microsoft stopped helping with some of its deteriorating operating systems all the way in 2014, this has just pushed them to the major update which is said to protect and guard everyone against the attacks from the WannaCry latest malware.
Last week it was announced by the US tech firm that millions of users that still operate Windows XP system would be protected against the threats. And not only for XP, but for Windows Vista and other new supported and unsupported versions of Windows, because they want to deviate the high risk of attacks that are just too similar to the WannaCry malware.
Unfortunately, over 75.000 computers in 99 countries have been infected by the shocking WannaCry virus, among these infected being around 40 NHS organizations in UK. The ransomware was extremely dangerous as it has sealed away user’s files and asked for a $300 or £235 compensation before the owners could access their computers again.
Adrienne Hall, the General Manager of crisis management at Microsoft said that some susceptibilities were diagnosed from the last month update that posed highest risks of cyberattacks by government organizations, known as copycat organizations.
Microsoft affirms: “To address this risk, today we are providing additional security updates along with our regular Update Tuesday service.”
“These security updates are being made available to all customers, including those using older versions of Windows.”
The updates for Windows XP and other similar were an exemption established on information that made Microsoft consider that government organizations might use these recent vulnerabilities to attack these systems. So those who still run on Windows XP should update as fast as possible the currently available updates.
Even though the most of the attacks by the WannaCry were running with Windows 7, it is not known yet if the new attacks will have as next target Windows XP, but one thing is clear, as Microsoft suggests, every user should update their system with the latest software version.
General Manager of Microsoft Security Response Centre, Eric Doerr said: “Our decision today to release these security updates for platforms not in extended support should not be viewed as a departure from our standard servicing policies.”
“Based on an assessment of the current threat landscape by our security engineers, we made the decision to make updates available more broadly.”
Even the Microsoft president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith, warned us that the cybercriminals get more creative and sophisticated and it becomes almost impossible for users to protect themselves against attacks and threats, unless they update their systems.