There is a great relief for the many companies which still use legacy systems that are no longer supported by the manufacturer, as the case with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 - Microsoft is including these operating systems in the updates to patch for the existing vulnerabilities exposed in this attack. For those customers who still have legacy systems, this is vital to protect their overall customer ecosystem.
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To download localized versions for the security update for Windows XP, Windows 8 or Windows Server: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012598
As per all news agencies and cyber security organizations, multiple countries are under a massive ransomware attack. The ransomware spreads through Europe but specialists are sure that it will eventually spill into US.
The Digital Edge Security Team is assessing the situation and will assist all the clients and any IT organization that require cyber security help.
We feel that the threat is serious as the infection has a “hunting” functionality that is used to infect other computers that the infected computer has access to through vulnerable Windows SMB Protocol. Microsoft Windows vulnerability called EternalBlue is used by NSA tools leaked to WikiLeaks earlier. The attack might be inspired by NSA weaponry or by NSA itself.
Simply put, if a user opens a malicious email or a website on a desktop that was not patched after March 14, 2017, there is a big chance that the user’s computer will be infected and the virus will spread inside of the organization.