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Microsoft released information what can be done to protect against WannaCry which includes deploying MS17-010 if not already done (March patch release), update Windows Defender (updated 12 May) and if not using SMBv1 to disable it available here.
Microsoft has provided 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.
Note: If you are running Windows 10, you are not targeted by this attack.
A live map of the infection is available here.
Update 1: There is additional information including hashed, CC sites as well as the file type it will encrypt and samples located here. US-CERT released the following information of Indicators Associated With WannaCry Ransomware here.
Update 2: There are reports that indicate that WannaCry VERSION 2 has been released and the kill switch that had been activated by a security researcher has been removed. If you havent already applied MS17-010 and blocked inbound SMB traffic, you can still fall victim of this Ransomware.
A day after a ransomware worm infected 75,000 machines in 100 countries, Microsoft is taking the highly unusual step of issuing patches that immunize Windows XP, 8, and Server 2003. These are operating systems the company stopped supporting as many as three years ago.
Microsoft also rolled out a signature that allows its Windows Defender antivirus engine to provide "defense-in-depth" protection. The moves came after attackers on Friday used a recently leaked attack tool developed by the National Security Agency to virally spread ransomware known as "WCry" or "WannaCrypt." Within hours, computer systems around the world were crippled, prompting hospitals to turn away patients while telecoms, banks, and companies such as FedEx were forced to turn off computers for the weekend.
The chaos surprised many security watchers because Microsoft issued an update in March that patched the underlying vulnerability in Windows 7 and most other supported versions of Windows. (Windows 10 was never vulnerable.) Friday's events made it clear that enough unpatched systems exist to cause significant outbreaks that could happen again in the coming days or months. In a blog post published late Friday night, Microsoft officials wrote: