How to Support Windows XP Now That Microsoft Isn't
By Paul Rubens
April 7, 2014 09:54 AM ET
CIO - Millions of PCs running Windows XP face a tsunami of hacker attacks starting tomorrow, when Microsoft ceases support for the aging, still-popular, operating system
After tomorrow, there will be no more security updates, so it's likely that black hats will release a torrent of stockpiled malware to exploit vulnerabilities that Microsoft will no longer patch. "Some hackers are bound to be hanging on to exploits and waiting for support to end, says Chris Sherman, a security analyst at Forrester Research. "If you knew of a vulnerability, why wouldn't you?" Hackers will also be able to examine Microsoft's future Windows Vista and Windows 7 security updates to gain insights into the underlying vulnerabilities they patch and apply that knowledge to exploit similar vulnerabilities that will exist in Windows XP.