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Microsoft has warned Windows XP users this week that they are extremely vulnerable to malicious attacks from hackers if they do not upgrade.

Windows XP is End-of-Life March 2014 and still a large percentage of users have not yet upgraded. From 8th April 2014 Windows XP users will no longer receive security updates or hotfixes. This enables hackers to reverse engineer code to find vulnerabilities and attack systems.

“The very first month that Microsoft releases security updates for supported versions of Windows, attackers will reverse engineer those updates, find the vulnerabilities and test Windows XP to see if it shares those vulnerabilities,” said Tim Rains, Microsoft’s director of trustworthy computing, in a blog post.

“If it does, attackers will attempt to develop exploit code that can take advantage of those vulnerabilities on Windows XP. Since a security update will never become available for Windows XP to address these vulnerabilities, Windows XP will essentially have a ‘zero day’ vulnerability forever.” -” after April 8, 2014, organizations that continue to run Windows XP won’t have this advantage over attackers any longer.”

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