Microsoft releases new Windows XP security patches for protection against cyber attacks

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Microsoft has released some additional security updates along with its regular update for protection against vulnerabilities caused due to WannaCry-like cyber attacks.  These security updates are being made available to all customers, including those using older versions of Windows.

Customers who have devices running a supported version of Windows, such as Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 and have enables automatic updates, are protected and there is no additional action required however, Microsoft is encouraging customers managing updates, or those on older platforms to apply these updates as soon as possible.

Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Cyber Defense Operations Center wrote in a blog post,

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 WannaCrypt.

The new updates can be found in the Microsoft Download Center or, alternatively, in the Update Catalog.


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