Virus Caused Microsoft to Update Windows XP

WannaCry

It’s a well-known fact that Windows OS is the “foundation” for the most computers and laptops in the world. Although Microsoft promotes mainly its latest version, Windows 10, there are still many people who use Windows 7 or even XP. In fact, the Redmond company stopped updating Windows XP in 2014.

However, desperate times call for desperate measures – on May 12th Windows computers were attacked by a virus programme called WannaCry. The virus blocks the computer and demands money for unblocking. In order to fight this virus-extortionist, Microsoft was forced to release updates for such operating systems as Windows 8, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

The official Microsoft’s blog featured a corresponding statement, in which the company reported that not all Windows users were able to receive the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-010 update, released in March. This is why Microsoft decided to update the operating systems which are currently not supported by the company.

By the way, on the day of the attack, “Kaspersky Lab” recorded around 45 thousand cases of computers infected by WannaCry. The attacks happened in 74 countries around the world, which obviously worried Microsoft. It’s a good thing that the company cares about its customers.

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