While Microsoft quickly issued fixes for the latest versions of Windows last month, this left Windows XP unprotected. Many of the machines attacked today have been breached simply because the latest Windows updates have not been applied quickly enough, but there are still organizations that continue to run Windows XP despite the risks.
UK hospitals, Telefonica, FedEx, and other businesses were hit by a massive ransomware attack on Friday. Around 75,000 computers in 99 countries were affected by malware known as WannaCry, which encrypts a computer and demands a $300 ransom before unlocking it. The malware was able to spread thanks to flaws in old versions of Windows that were originally used by the NSA to hack into PCs before being made public by the Shadow Brokers group last month.
THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR RUNNING AN OLD OUTDATED OS CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET.
XP was released before the internet and doesn’t have security. Does anyone remember that Microsoft literally shut down for months to address the disaster?
I still here from some users how XP is great and everything else since is garbage, that is just outrageous. XP is like leaving the keys in you car with the door open and big red arrow pointing to it.