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Microsoft Windows XP Source Code Reportedly Leaked Online

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Microsoft Windows XP has its source code allegedly leaked online along with Windows Server 2003. The source code for Microsoft’s 19-year-old operating system was published as a torrent file on a notorious bulletin board website 4chan.

This is the first-time source code for Microsoft’s operating system has been leaked to the public. According to reports, the collection of torrent files having a size of 43GB also has the source code for Windows Server 2003 and many other older operating systems of Microsoft which includes Windows 2000, Windows CE 3, Windows CE 4, Windows CE 5, Windows Embedded 7, Windows Embedded CE, Windows NT 3.5, Windows NT 4, MS-DOS 3.30 and MS-DOS 6.0

The alleged source code for various Windows 10 components that appeared in 2017 and source code for the first operating system of the original Xbox that appeared online in May were also included in the torrent.

Microsoft has not officially responded regarding the leak but several independent security researchers have started analyzing the source code and stated about its legitimacy.

The leaker with the name billgates3, claims to have compiled the collection of leaked Microsoft source code over the course of the last few months.

He also stated that many Microsoft operating system source code files were passed privately between hackers for years.

He has finally decided to share the source code to the public as he thinks that information should be free and available to everyone.

The torrent is also believed to include a media folder (files and videos) related to conspiracy theories about Bill Gates.

Microsoft did have a history of providing its OS source code to governments worldwide through a special Government Security Program (GSP) run by the company to allows governments and organizations to control access to the source code.

Microsoft stopped its support for Windows XP back in 2014, so its source code leak is not a big issue as there are already numerous other unpatched vulnerabilities already.

But operating systems may share code and so vulnerabilities that could be exploited found in the Windows XP source code could still be present in Windows 10. This could let an attacker to target newer versions of Windows operating system which might be a threat to its billions of users.

Priyanka R
Cyber Security Enthusiast, Security Blogger, Technical Editor, Author at Cyber Safe News

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