WannaCrypt/WannaCry ransomware patch released by Microsoft

WannaCrypt/WannaCry ransomware patch released by Microsoft

WannaCrypt/WannaCry ransomware has led to massive attack on personal and business computers across the world and technology experts suggest that the attack could have been avoided if users had kept their systems updated. Microsoft has released emergency patch to deal with the ransomware attack that has impacted users in 74 countries across the world. The attack has started debate on keeping computer systems updated with latest security patches provided by software majors. Microsoft has provided emergency patch to unsupported Windows XP users.

High percentage of users in Russia, Ukraine and China have been impacted by the attack. Many users haven’t updated their computers from Windows XP and as Microsoft has ended its support for Windows XP, computers running that operating system were among the most impacted in the recent attack. Within a few hours, WannaCrypt/WannaCry ransomware has impacted more than 45,000 computers as per media reports.

The attack encrypts files of users and ask them to pay $300 via BitCoin in order to get access to their encrypted files.

In the United Kingdom, hospitals run by NHS were among the most impacted. Many medical facilities run by NHS were facing downtime due to ransomware attack.

Microsoft has released patches for Windows XP and other operating systems. Users have been urged to update their systems to avoid WannaCrypt/WannaCry ransomware and other attacks. Technical experts have warned that slightly varied versions of this ransomware attack could be witnessed in near future.

Microsoft has released patches for Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64, Windows Server 2003 SP2 x86, Windows XP SP2 x64, Windows XP SP3 x86, Windows XP Embedded SP3 x86, Windows 8 x86, and Windows 8 x64.


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