Sunday, May 14, 2017

WannaCrypt

You've undoubtedly heard about the massive, world-wide WannaCrypt ransomeware attack. Microsoft released a patch in March to protect against the flaw the attack was exploiting, but only supported versions of Windows (e.g., Windows 7 and 10) received it. However, the WannaCrypt ransomware worm has been found to be spreading by targeting out-of-date systems, prompting Microsoft to now make the security update available for all platforms, including those receiving custom support only — Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003. It’s available for download here. In any event, while a kill-switch has been developed for the latest WannaCrypt malware, apparently it has been modified and could be infecting computers this (Monday, April 15) morning. As they said: Beware the Ides of April.

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