The WannaCry ransomware that spreaded all over the globe this month has proven so malicious that Microsoft has issued patches for Windows versions dating back as far as 14 years.Emergency security updates were released for Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003. Links to the updates can be found in Microsoft’s announcement.
Microsoft admitted the move was “highly unusual” because the three operating systems are no longer officially supported. XP support, for instance, ended more than three years ago.
Microsoft says it decided to patch the outdated systems “with the principle of protecting our customer ecosystem overall, firmly in mind.” As with biological viruses, unprotected machines often become threats to other users as computer malware spreads, for instance by generating spam emails. While Microsoft is warning users to protect themselves against WannaCry by taking caution when opening email attachments, security firm Symantec warns that WannaCry is also spreading “within corporate networks, without user interaction.”
The extent and severity of the WannaCry attack has been nearly unprecedented.Systems across nearly 100 countries are known to have been affected so far. Though researchers have found a “kill switch” that seems to have hampered the software’s spread, the attack is widely expected to continue in modified form.
All the organisation are now concentrating on securing their data. Trying to protect the unaffected systems. Many offline data that is stored by business people are now looking for online backup storage solution. By keeping the data in multiple places they can safegaurd the important data being getting deleted by this virus.