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Microsoft has released updates for Windows XP and other legacy OS for virus-the extortioner WannaCry

In dozens of countries today are struggling with the consequences of large-scale hacker attack. Virus WannaCry blocked the work of tens of thousands of computers around the world. In the UK — a real medical collapse. To prevent further spread of the virus, Microsoft releases updates for the older operating systems Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003 to protect from the attacks of the cipher. The patch closes a vulnerability through which extends the virus WannaCry that has infected computers in more than 90 countries.

Users free antivirus of the company and updated version of Windows protected, said a representative of the company Kristina Davydova.

“We know that some of our customers work with Windows versions that are no longer supported by the company. This means that customers will not receive the update, released by Microsoft in March.

Given the potential impact on users and their business, we have decided to release updates for users of Windows XP, Windows 8 (does not receive updates from December 2016, users are recommended to switch to 8.1) and Windows Server 2003″, — is spoken in the official blog Microsoft.

It is also noted that in March of this year, Microsoft released the Security Bulletin update MS17-010, which takes into account the vulnerability exploited WannaCry.

Update MS17-010 (4012598) is available for the following OS:

  • Windows XP SP3 x86
  • Windows XP SP2 x64,
  • Windows XP Embedded SP3 x86
  • Windows 8 x86
  • Windows 8 x64
  • Windows Server 2003 SP2 x86
  • Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64.

The epidemic of the virus-the extortioner WannaCry began on 12 may 2017, it encrypts files on the victim’s computer and demands a ransom of $300 in bitcoins. “Kaspersky lab” recorded around 45 000 attacks cryptography program. According to the company Avast, the attack grazed 75 000 PCs in 99 countries.

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WannaCry infects only those Windows machines that have the vulnerability, which Microsoft has removed using the released in March updates for Windows Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10.

To the greatest extent contamination has been Russia. In particular, the attack targeted the computers of “MegaFon”, is also affected by the IT system of JSC “Russian Railways”, the attack also targeted the servers of the Ministry of interior.

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