The widespread ‘Wannacry ransomware,’ which has majorly affected Windows XP systems, can be fought off simply by regularly upgrading the software. According to an Indian Express report, security and software experts have asked the government and other organisations to regularly update their software. Windows XP, which is used in almost 70% of ATM’s in India, is prone to this malicious virus, however, considering that the banks are using closed networks the chances of vulnerability and attacks are considerably reduced.
In April 2014, Microsoft had stopped giving any security updates for Windows XP. It had also said,”Without critical Windows XP security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information. Anti-virus software will also not be able to fully protect you once Windows XP itself is unsupported,” The Indian Express quoted Microsoft as saying. On Monday, In his blog post, Microsoft president Smith had said that this attack is a wake-up call for the governments in the world. They should follow a different approach and stick to the rules. He further said that the attack was a ‘reminder’ that we need to keep our computers stay up to date and patched with current technology.
Software and Freedom Law Centre, India’s president and founding director Mishi Choudhary said that not updating software is the reason behind such malfunctions. “Not installing regular software updates is the primary cause for such malware to spread. This teaches us how something can wreak havoc without attacking the traditionally designated critical infrastructure like a power grid,” The Indian Express quoted her as saying.