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In what to be the largest ransomware attack in history, Microsoft released a patch for their unsupported operating system including Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 editions.

 

WannaCrypt Ransomware

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The security updates are available at the following Microsoft website:

1.   Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64
2.   Windows Server 2003 SP2 x86
3.   Windows XP SP2 x64
4.   Windows XP SP3 x86
5.   Windows XP Embedded SP3 x86
6.   Windows 8 x86
7.   Windows 8 x64.

In a blogpost from Microsoft website they told that “This decision was made based on an assessment of this situation, with the principle of protecting our customer ecosystem overall, firmly in mind,”.

Businesses, governments and individuals in 74 countries across the globe have been victims of more than 45,000 attacks by this one strain of Ransomware in the space of just a few hours.

Wannacrypt ransomware demands $300 in Bitcoin for unlocking encrypted files – a price which doubles after three days. Users are also threatened with having all their files permanently deleted if the ransom isn””””t paid in a week.

Hospitals across the UK have had systems knocked offline by the ransomware attack, with patient appointments cancelled and doctors and nurses resorting to pen and paper and NHS England declaring the cyberattack as a ””””major incident”””” – a total of 45 NHS organisations are now own to be affected.

If your organization, for some reason, is still running on Windows XP or outdated operating systems, you are strongly advised to download and APPLY PATCH NOW!

 

 

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