No, Government Computers Won't Suddenly Be Vulnerable To Hackers On April 8; They Already Are
from the this-is-reporting? dept
What's incredible, is that for all the FUD being spread around by government officials about "cyberwar," "cyberattacks" and "cybersecurity," you'd think that getting the government's own house in order would be more of a priority. Outgoing NSA boss General Keith Alexander keeps claiming that he needs more access to private networks to protect them from foreign hackers (yeah, right), and yet this report notes that all sorts of classified government material is sitting on Windows XP computers.
That includes thousands of computers on classified military and diplomatic networks, U.S. officials said. Such networks have stronger defenses generally but hold more sensitive material, raising the stakes for breaches if they occur.Given how sophisticated the NSA's abilities are to infiltrate just about any computer out there, as revealed by multiple documents leaked by Ed Snowden, you'd think that the NSA would be a bit more proactive in helping to shore up our own defenses by doing things like no longer using Windows XP.