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Microsoft releases updates for older Windows versions following WannaCry attacks

Microsoft has issued a number of security updates for its Windows XP operating system to help users protect themselves from cyber-attacks.

The move has been heralded as good news for those charities still using the older operating system.

Windows XP was targeted by the much-publicised WannaCry ransomware attack last month. At least 75,000 computers in 99 countries were affected by the malware, which encrypts a computer before demanding a ransom and unlocking it.

Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in April 2014, but the software giant is now taking the unprecedented move of including it in the company’s security updates this week.

“In reviewing the updates for this month, some vulnerabilities were identified that pose elevated risk of cyber-attacks by government organisations, sometimes referred to as nation-state actors or other copycat organisations,” Adrienne Hall, head of Microsoft’s Cyber Defense Operations Center, wrote in a blog.

“To address this risk, today we are providing additional security updates along with our regular Update Tuesday service. These security updates are being made available to all customers, including those using older versions of Windows. Due to the elevated risk for destructive cyber-attacks at this time, we made the decision to take this action because applying these updates provides further protection against potential attacks with characteristics similar to WannaCry.”

For more technical information and links to related articles, visit the Microsoft Security Response Center blog.

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