Indian cyber-security sleuths have issued an alert for those using the
popular 'Window XP' as operating system in their computers and laptops
and advised "immediate" upgrade of software against hacking attempts.
giant Microsoft had announced that it is going to stop support services
to 'Windows XP' OS from April 8 next year and according to cyber-space
authorities monitoring the Indian internet systems, the decision will
have a direct effect for the all the users working on the same OS.
end of support of Windows XP Operating System means that Microsoft will
not provide security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid
assisted support and any online technical support for the Windows XP. In
the absence of patches and security updates for the Windows XP OS, the
computer systems would be at greater risks and could be easily
compromised by the hackers.
"There would also be compliance issues
due to un- supported and un-patched components in the IT infrastructure
which may result in non-compliance and suspension of certifications by
the certifying and auditing organizations.
The software vendors
and hardware manufacturers will also stop support for Windows XP on
their new versions and models," the Computer Emergency Response
Team-India (CeRT-IN) said in its latest advisory to computer users in
"It is recommended that all the users and organisations
using Window XP OS in their environment should immediately plan for
upgradation to the latest available OS according to their requirement
and test software applications well before April, 2014," it said.
to officials, the maximum of Indian computer and laptop users operate
on Windows platform and after the recent declaration, users should keep
themselves informed about the new and secure OS available in the market.
had initially released Windows XP OS in August 2001. The current
release version of Windows XP is called the Windows XP Service Pack 3.
then, three successor versions of client based OS namely Windows Vista
in November 2006, Windows 7 in July 2009 and Windows 8 in August 2012
were released by Microsoft.
The latest client based OS available from the Microsoft stable is Windows 8.