In wake of the increasing risks of cyber attack across the globe, Microsoft has released several critical security updates to provide protection against widespread hacking, citing an “elevated risk of cyber attacks.”
“In reviewing the updates for this month, some vulnerabilities were identified that pose elevated risk of cyber attacks by government organizations, sometimes referred to as nation-state actors or other copycat organizations,” reported CNN quoting General Manager of Microsoft’s Cyber Defense Operations Center, Adrienne Hall.
These programming could even help to prevent another global ransomware outbreak like WannaCry.
It is yet unclear whether Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) has been warned of another cyber attack similar to that of WannaCry.
A Microsoft spokesperson said that the security teams are actively monitoring cyber threats, and the decision to release the updates is “an exception based on the current threat landscape and the potential impact to customers and their businesses.”
The recent security update which was released on Tuesday includes patches to its Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Server 2003 products, which are unsupported but still widely-used.
The updates will be automatically available for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows Server releases after 2008 and the patches have to be manually installed.
Apart from this, the Microsoft suggests customers enable Windows Update if they haven’t already.