Windows updating hack
Microsoft on Friday said in a statement that it has "added detection and protection" to shield Windows users against Wanna Crypt — the malicious software used to attack Britain's National Health Service, Fed Ex and other organizations.The company also said that users who downloaded a March security update should be shielded with "additional protection against this potential attack." [What the Wanna Cry ransomware crisis has taught us] That lends credence to reports that suggest that the vulnerability exploited by the worm responsible for the attack is the same one revealed in April by the hacker group known as the Shadow Brokers.Microsoft finally pulled the plug on its free upgrade offer to Windows 10 on July 29, 2016 following a year-long promotional campaign.This means that Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 users cannot upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system free of charge post the above deadline. Once downloaded, run Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool. Next, choose ‘Upgrade this PC now’ option and follow the on screen instructions. Once done, you will be given a license key for Windows 10. You can check on your digital license by going to Settings Activation and activate the license key.Reports of the attack first surfaced in Britain, where the National Health Service described serious problems.(Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post) [What Windows users should know about the latest bugs revealed by NSA leakers] Microsoft released a patch to fix those vulnerabilities on or before March 14.
Once you’ve completed the above process, you can check on your digital license by going to Settings Activation.
The Shadow Brokers alleged that the National Security Agency had used weaknesses in Windows as part of its digital surveillance efforts.
A massive cyberattack hit tens of thousands of computers in dozens of nations.
Once the tool opens, choose the ‘Upgrade this PC now’ option, as long as you’re using the tool on the PC you want to upgrade.
The other option, ‘Create installation media for another PC’, will allow you to save the installation files to a USB drive so you can then use them on another computer.