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What Microsoft Owes Customers, And Answers To Other 'WannaCry' Questions

Postby sunnyd » Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:27 pm

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A month ago, Microsoft took the unprecedented step of issuing security patches for Windows XP, an edition supposedly interred in Support Cemetery more than three years ago.

The decision to help aged personal computers running Windows XP - as well as also-retired Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003 - was intended to slow the spread of the "WannaCry" ransomware, which encrypted files on hundreds of thousands of PCs worldwide. The cyber criminals than tried to extort payments from the machines' owners in return for unlocking the files.

WannaCry's rapid spread was credited to its exploit of a Windows vulnerability, one that Microsoft had patched in March on still-supported versions, such as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.

But after WannaCry wreaked its havoc and Microsoft reversed its long-standing policy against free fixes for older operating systems, Computerworld had questions, both about the criticism aimed at seemingly every party except the attackers, as well as what Microsoft's release of patches portended.

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