'Heightened risk of exploitation' causes Microsoft to issue 'critical' security updates

Microsoft released a security update June 13 after assessing potential cyberthreats, according to a Microsoft blog post by Eric Doerr, general manager of the company's security response center.

Some of the Microsoft updates were for new its new platforms. However, the company also released updates for its older software, like Windows XP — even though Microsoft stopped supporting software for the Windows XP system in 2014, according to The Telegraph.

Microsoft security engineers decided to publicly release updates for its older platforms after assessing the cyberthreat landscape, according to Mr. Doerr.

"We have taken action to provide additional critical security updates to address vulnerabilities that are at heightened risk of exploitation due to past nation-state activity and disclosures," Mr. Doerr wrote. "We are committed to ensuring our customers are protected against these potential attacks and we recommend those on older platforms, such as Windows XP, prioritize downloading and applying these critical updates."

Despite the recent security updates, Mr. Doerr emphasized Microsoft's primary recommendation is for customers to upgrade their operating systems to the latest platform. "Older systems, even if fully up-to-date, lack the latest security features and advancements," he wrote.

Click here to view the blog post.

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