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Monday, 22 May 2017 09:25

Most WannaCry victims were Windows 7 machines: claim

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Microsoft appears to have been unaware last week of a fact that security researchers have discovered: nearly all the victims of the the WannaCry ransomware attack were Windows 7 machines, with XP machines mostly crashing before the malware gained a foothold.

The company rushed to issue patches for XP, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003, all of which are out of support; patches are only supplied to those who are paying premium rates for custom support.

Security firm Kaspersky Lab claimed that nearly two-thirds of the attacks that it tracked were aimed at the 64-bit edition of Windows 7.

Next in line, with much smaller percentages of attacks, were Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 10.

Other researchers found that the WannaCry attack was one of several using the same exploit that had been leveraged.

Security firm Secdo found two other attacks had been taking place since April, using the EternalBlue exploit which was released by the Shadow Brokers.

The company said it had found one attack from a Russia-based IP address, and a second from a Chinese botnet.

And the security firm Proofpoint said that it had found another actor using the same exploit in concert with a second to mine the cryptocurrency monero.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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