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Microsoft Warns Users of Windows XP of Impending Cyber Attacks because of its Withdrawal of Support

V3.co.uk reported on 25th March, 2014 stating that Microsoft has warned die-hard users of Window XP to prepare their systems for an invasion of cyber attacks due to withdrawal of official support. The warning comes just two weeks before the withdrawal of support for XP which ends on 8th April, 2014.

Bgr.com published news on 31st March, 2014 quoting Scott Kinka, CTO of Evolve IP which is a Cloud Services Company, as saying "Every standard desktop-security risk faced by computer will be amplified because there are no fixes being written by Microsoft. This involves every form of possible malware assuming someone is on your PC while you are working putting your password, trade secret and personal information is at risk."

Meanwhile, Microsoft expects kind of attacks to target Windows XP computers after the due date will reflect the stimulus of modern-day cybercriminals. Online criminals will work to take benefit of companies and people running software that no longer has updates obtainable to fix issues.

V3.co.uk published a report on 25th March, 2014 stating a noting of Tim Rains, Director of Microsoft trustworthy Computing Group (TwC), as "once the cut-off occurs, the danger posed by self-replicating malware like the Conficker worm will make it almost impossible to stop the spreading of malware."

Rains explained that purveyors of malware may combine new vulnerabilities targeting Windows XP into malware which tries to multiply. The success of the virus called Conficker to infect systems in business environments illustrates that security firewalls and strong password policies are still not widely used.

Tomsguide.com published a report on 31st March, 2014 quoting Wolfgang Kandek, Chief Technology Officer of Qualys in California (US) as saying "there are three types of users who continue to use XP: those who are not aware of the withdrawal of support, those who do not care and those who use Windows XP-specific software or application."

The software giant suggests that if you are still running XP on your computer and you really don't want to get crushed by malware during the second week of April, 2014, then now is the time you must suck it up and upgrade.

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