Windows XP: Old Platforms Die Hard, Security Risks Live On
The Wall Street Journal, By Rachael King and Danny Yadron
Some 300 million computers, including many that manage water, electric and sewage treatment plants and ATMs, will soon be left unprotected from new security threats.
Microsoft Corp. will stop providing updates to its Windows XP operating system after April 8, leaving holes in some computers running industrial systems as well as PCs at many government agencies.
Despite the publicity generated by this deadline, more than 10% of computers used in government and corporations world-wide will still use the 12-year-old operating system, according to cybersecurity firm Qualys Inc. Including consumer PCs, the share of desktops running XP is nearly 30%, according to researcher NetApplications. Read more.