The global explosion of WannaCry ransomware has caused major disasters over the weekend after it has managed to infect thousands of computers. Security experts expect these figures to rise sharply today Monday when the world returns to its jobs.
And while Microsoft says that up-to-date systems are not at risk from WannaCry, there are actually many systems that still run without support like Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 8.
Microsoft has already released an emergency update for these systems, but it will clearly take some time until everyone upgrades his system.
According to NetMarketShare data, at least 9.3% of Windows systems run unsupported operating systems (Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 8) without counting Windows Server 2003.
Windows XP is currently the third most popular operating system in the world with a share of 7,04%, although it was released almost 16 years ago.
Updating is the only way to stay safe, and Microsoft invites all stakeholders to install the latest patches to make sure they are not in danger of WannaCry.
"As cybercriminals become more sophisticated, there is no way to protect our customers unless they update their systems. Otherwise, they will have the problems of the present with tools from the past. "This attack is a strong reminder that the basics of information technology, such as maintaining current and computer repair, are a big responsibility for everyone and should be something that every senior should support," said Brad Smith of Microsoft.
Naturally, all those who run supported versions of Windows get to update their system through Windows Update. It remains to be seen how WannaCry's infection rates will develop.
It should also be noted that WannaCry is a great gift for Microsoft. Due to ransomware-worm the company may require a very "elegant" upgrade of older systems…