Windows XP Attacks Will Skyrocket in 2014, Security Company Warns

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Windows XP will soon become hackers’ favorite target, as Microsoft will retire the operating system and thus stop providing patches and security updates to resolve flaws.

Security company Fortinet warns that cybercriminals across the web will actually prefer to attack high-value businesses and individuals, so it’s essential for these two categories to make the move to a newer software or at least take the necessary measures to secure their computers.

At the same time, Fortinet believes that most hackers will actually keep their exploits private and try to sell them once end-of-support comes, in an attempt to monetize the found Windows XP vulnerabilities.

Next year, we predict hackers, already in possession of zero day exploits, will wait until the 8th in order to sell them to the highest bidder. Because of their expected high price tag, these zero days will likely be used to launch targeted attacks against…

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