A month ago, Microsoft took the unprecedented step of issuing security patches for Windows XP, an edition supposedly interred in Support Cemetery more than three years ago.

The decision to help aged personal computers running Windows XP — as well as also-retired Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003 — was intended to slow the spread of the “WannaCry” ransomware, which encrypted files on hundreds of thousands of PCs worldwide. The cyber criminals than tried to extort payments from the machines’ owners in return for unlocking the files.

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