Some Of The Pentagon’s Critical Infrastructure Still Runs Windows 95 And 98

SmartAboutThings writes:
The Pentagon is set to complete its Windows 10 transition by the end of this year, but nearly 75% of its control system devices still run Windows XP or other older versions, including Windows 95 and 98. A Pentagon official now wants the bug bounty program of the top U.S. defense agency expanded to scan for vulnerabilities in its critical infrastructure.
DefenseOne raises the possibility of “building and electrical systems, HVAC equipment and other critical infrastructure laden with internet-connected sensors,” with one military program manager saying “A lot of these systems are still Windows 95 or 98, and that’s OK — if they’re not connected to the internet.” Windows Report notes that though Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, “the Defense Department is paying Microsoft to continue providing support for the legacy OS.”


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