Cyber attack exploited vulnerability in 'retired' software that is still in use.

The WannaCry randsomware that swept the globe on Friday has proven so malicious that Microsoft has issued patches for Windows versions dating back as far as 14 years.

The WannaCry ransomware attack was temporarily halted. But it’s not over yet!

As computer virus outbreaks go, the WannaCry ransomware attack currently spreading across the globe is one of the largest such attacks in some time. WannaCry is a dangerous trojan virus that infects Windows computers, encrypting nearly all data in the process.

Who is at risk?

WannaCry ransomware is targeting three versions of Windows in particular:

Windows 8

Windows XP

Windows Server 2003

While things could certainly change, users of other Windows versions should be safe, though now is a great time to update your Window’s platforms and ensure that all of your security updates have been installed.

Microsoft took the “highly unusual” step of releasing free security updates for those out-of-support versions of Windows Customer Guidance


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