In response to the WannaCry attack in April, Microsoft has issued critical security updates for previously unsupported operating systems such as Windows XP and Server 2003.
While the tech colossus releases regular security updates as part of its Patch Tuesday, this is the first time it has made the updates available for manual downloads and installations on older OS versions – as many organisations around the world are still running them. Microsoft is also disabling its ancient SMB1 software, which is held responsible for allowing the recent global attack.
While thoughts of locked stable doors and bolted horses spring to mind, it is conceivable that these precautionary actions stem from a government tip-off that another major cyberattack is imminent. Whatever the reason, it’s a good idea to install the updates.