A computer virus that targeted and successfully infected systems at Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia –over two weeks ago – continues to relent on targeted Windows XP systems.
The Qbot virus is a strain of malware that is known to attack banking systems and capture keystrokes, like a key-logger program. Qbot or Qakbot was first discovered in 2009 and has routinely known to infect Windows machines. Affected versions range from Windows XP to Windows 7.
While it’s easy to dismiss the malware as one to affect legacy systems, zero-day exploits are still rife with Windows XP, even more-so after Microsoft recently discontinued support for the operating system.
It has been widely reported that the Navy is insisting on using Windows XP, but what cannot be talked about enough are the security implications of this.
Windows XP was notoriously insecure even when it was in normal usage, but now that it’s ancient, the details on how to hack into an XP network are easy to get. Worse, the Navy insists on keeping this system even as this is public knowledge. It would take time and money, but an upgrade to either a newer version of Windows or to some Linux or other open-source option would make things vastly more secure for the sections of the Navy that are subjected to this policy.
Now, there will always be those who argue that [...]