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This decision was made based on an assessment of this situation, with the principle of protecting our customer ecosystem overall, firmly in mind.Some of the observed attacks use common phishing tactics including malicious attachments.We are working with customers to provide additional assistance as this situation evolves, and will update this blog with details as appropriate.Today, we released an update to the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) to detect and remove Wanna Crypt malware.This blog spells out the steps every individual and business should take to stay protected.Additionally, we are taking the highly unusual step of providing a security update for all customers to protect Windows platforms that are in custom support only, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003.Customers running Windows 10 were not targeted by the attack today. We also know that some of our customers are running versions of Windows that no longer receive mainstream support.That means those customers will not have received the above mentioned Security Update released in March.
Customers who are running supported versions of the operating system (Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016) will have received the security update MS17-010 in March.
Security-focused laptop maker Purism eventually gained attention by offering its Librem series of laptops with Intel's Management Engine firmware disabled.
A short time later, Google announced that it would also disable ME on its servers in an effort to prevent hackers from exploiting any flaws in the ME firmware.
Positive Technologies recently announced that PCs built with Intel processors going back to 2015's Skylake chips could be exploited through the computers' USB ports thanks to vulnerabilities in the CPUs' Minix-based Management Engine (ME) subsystem.
The blue silicon giant has now acknowledged the problems and announced the availability of patches for motherboard and system makers to integrate into future BIOS updates.
The MSRT tool runs on all supported Windows machines where automatic updates are enabled, including those that aren't running other Microsoft security products.