Microsoft responds to the recent WannaCrypt ransomware

Microsoft has acted quickly in response to the recent WannaCrypt ransomware attack that has seen massive global infections and disruption to critical healthcare services.

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Engineers at the company have been working through the weekend to better understand the virus and also to release a security patch for the retired Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 products.

The Windows XP and Server 2003 operating systems went end of life in 2014 but are still used in production in many organisations. No security updates have been made publicly available since 2014, but this large scale attack on a known vulnerability has seen a quick response. Microsoft released a security patch earlier this year that patched the vulnerability for Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Please run windows updates as soon as possible to make sure that the March update has been installed. The recent attack is reported to not be targeting the Windows 10 operating system.

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For additional information on this ransomware attack, and to download the Windows XP and Server 2003 patches, please refer to this article from Microsoft: Customer guidance article 

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