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How 1980s tunnel vision created the malware mess

Mar 16, 2009, 13:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Hansteen)

[ Thanks to Peter N. M. Hansteen for this link. ]

"During the last few weeks, the national police force, of all thinkable organizations, has seen not one, but two large-scale incidents.

"Use of Microsoft products and sloppy system maintenance are both pervasive enough that similar incidents are likely happening right now elsewhere, somewhere near you too. The news reports about the Norwegian police force's IT problems contained one item that was particularly shocking to IT types like me:

"Apparently large parts of the bureaucracy that is responsible for the confidential and correct processing of criminal matters and all sorts of sensitive personal information associated with the crimes runs essential services on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0.

"That version of the Microsoft product is so old it is officially abandonware..."

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