Last month Microsoft released an utterly bizarre security patch after the NSA exploits leak. But this patch could not save the computers of 99 countries from affecting by a massive ransomware attack. This cyber-attackers exploited the leaked tool by The Shadow Brokers. Then they installed a malware that encrypted the devices and did not unlock until the victims pays-off. However, Microsoft had already stopped supporting Windows XP back in 2014. But now the company has made an exceptional move of adding Windows XP to the list of security updates. And it releases a new security patch for Windows XP.
What Microsoft Says About New Security Patch For Windows XP.
According to what company believes the recent massive ransomware outbreak was just a trailer and the full movie is yet to come. So, the company issued the critical security patches for all the Windows version including the unsupported one.
The general manager of crisis management at Microsoft, Adrienne Hall says:
“In reviewing the updates for this month, some vulnerabilities were identified that pose elevated risk of cyber attacks by government organizations, sometimes referred to as nation-state actors or other copycat groups.”
He further continues:
“To address this risk, today we are providing additional security updates along with our regular Update Tuesday service. These security updates available to all customers, including those using older versions of Windows.”
The company says this elevated risk that is quite a similar to WannaCry drove the company to release the security patch for Windows XP, Windows Vista and all the other supported and unsupported version.
Where To Get this Security Patch For Windows XP:
These security patches are available at Microsoft’s Download Center or Windows Update. Where the users of Windows XP and other Windows version can download the security update to protect them from the future waves of cyber attack. The company stresses on not to take this unprecedented step of Microsoft as a departure from their standard servicing policies. And this describes the notion that NSA may use this vulnerability so as to attack Windows system.
Microsoft Denies To Detail:
Mysteriously, Microsoft seems baffling about the particulars of that risk which made them release another security patch for Windows XP. Moreover, the company seems to deny bringing light on the details of this threat and the sources that are linked.
“The company does feel the potential risk to customers is significant enough to warrant the action they are taking today to provide updates for both supported and unsupported systems,” a spokesperson said.
If you’re using Windows XP, then you need to rush for downloading security patch for Windows XP. Do it before the new cyber-attack wave hits you.