May 14, as early as a few years ago, Microsoft announced that it would stop updating for Windows XP system. However, with the recent outbreak of the blackmail virus, so that a large number of countries around the world's computer suffer, Microsoft is also an exception, announced the Windows XP system to provide new patches to actively block the blackmail virus in the world on a large number of large computer Scale attack.
In just past this Friday, the blackmail virus began a massive hacker attack on the global computer. British medical system, the Spanish telecommunications group, the United States Federal Express and the rest of the world and other countries and regions, businesses, institutions, colleges and universities have become the victims of the attack. The data show that about 75,000 computers from 99 countries and regions around the world have been attacked by malicious hacking viruses called "Wanna Cry", which can decrypt the computer, attack the computer and hack the user's files, and if Users want to unlock these files, it must pay $ 300 to the hackers ransom. This malware is able to spread quickly, mainly due to a number of older Windows operating system vulnerabilities, and these Windows operating system had previously used by the US National Security Agency (NSA). NSA has found loopholes in these systems. Allegedly, the blackmail software is the use of NSA found these vulnerabilities launched a hacker attack.
Although Microsoft last month on the latest version of the Windows operating system released an update patch, but the company did not provide Windows XP update protection. Therefore, the blackmail virus attacks on the computer because the latest version of the Windows patch can not be quickly used by users. In addition, because there are still a large number of institutions regardless of security risks, continue to use Windows XP system, therefore, in the extortion of the virus wantonly spread under the situation, Microsoft finally took the "extreme unusual" initiatives, including Windows XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003, including a variety of systems to provide a special public update patch.
Microsoft will usually charge the enterprise, that they use a variety of old Windows operating system to provide customized update support services, including the normal expansion of support outside the important software update services. Microsoft's security business manager Philip & middot; Misler (Phillip Misner) explained that "see the business and individual users by the recent blackmail virus attack, we feel very sad. In view of the potential impact of customers and their business, we decided to provide security updates for users who previously only provided customized support services and extended these support to more legacy Windows operating systems. & Rdquo;
This is indeed very unusual for Microsoft, but this security vulnerability and its discovery and disclosure of course, of course, is not unusual. There are indications that the hacker virus launched hacker attacks have weakened, some security experts believe that the blackmail attack only let hackers get about twenty thousand dollars in ransom. But in any case, this is the painful lesson that every victim should learn from. In the future, in order to prevent similar hacking attacks, all parties should act positively, government agencies should disclose the relevant system vulnerabilities, the system supplier should promptly provide patches for the system, at the same time, users should not adhere to the use of not Updated old Windows platform.