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Windows 7: XPocalypse Now: Security experts size up the cyberthreats


08 Apr 2014   #1

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XPocalypse Now: Security experts size up the cyberthreats

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There are no more lifelines. In a few days, Microsoft will pull the plug on Windows XP support for consumers. With no more updates or security patches available (other than some bare-bones malware support), it’s forecast to be open season on the legacy operating system. But just how bad will the “Windows XPocalypse” be? We spoke to several security experts to find out.
The real risk: relentless attack

The end of support may not seem like a big deal. Windows XP has been under almost constant attack from malware and cyber criminals since it was released in 2001. Windows XP users have managed so far to defend themselves with relative success, so what will be different once Microsoft support ends?

Security experts predict a couple of scenarios. The more ominous is that attackers have already developed an arsenal of Windows XP “zero day” exploits, and they’re just waiting until Microsoft support ends to unleash them.

While the deadline makes for good drama, some security folks reject the notion that attackers are lying in wait. “If the ‘apocalypse’ were going to happen, don’t you think it would have already happened?” says Andrew Storms, director of DevOps for CloudPassage. He notes that with so little time for Microsoft to triage an exploit, develop a patch, and properly test it before April 8, it would be just as effective for those cybercriminals to launch their attacks now.
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08 Apr 2014   #2

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I have no idea when that article was written since PCWorld apparently does not timestamp their articles, but over here in California (aka: Land of Earthquakes) XP support will be dying in approximately ~1.5 hours from the time of this post.
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08 Apr 2014   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by King Arthur View Post
I have no idea when that article was written since PCWorld apparently does not timestamp their articles, but over here in California (aka: Land of Earthquakes) XP support will be dying in approximately ~1.5 hours from the time of this post.
Nope.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wind...f-support.aspx

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08 Apr 2014   #4

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Oh, interesting. I was of the understanding that XP supports ends on April 8th, not after the day is out.
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08 Apr 2014   #5

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This the MS countdown here in in eastern Australia at 8 pm local time, Tuesday 8th April 2104

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08 Apr 2014   #6

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Either way, XP Dies today...
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08 Apr 2014   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows Sniper View Post
Either way, XP Dies today...
Apart from most of the worlds ATM machines, Some European Governments (including the UK) and about 30% of the PCs connected to the internet.
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09 Apr 2014   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows Sniper View Post
Either way, XP Dies today...
Apart from most of the worlds ATM machines, Some European Governments (including the UK) and about 30% of the PCs connected to the internet.
Well when you put it that way.

But to be fair that's just like being in hospital on life support. The Doctors have given up after all these years and the family just won't let go.
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