Microsoft in April 2014 8 officially terminated support Windows XP operating system, although the company in the past 18 months have issued a warning, there are still a lot of companies and organizations continue to run Windows XP operating system, including the British Royal Navy. The Royal Navy's strategic submarine carrying nuclear missiles is running a XP Windows based operating system, but officials say that despite the lack of a patch, everything is 100 safe. Guardian recently published an article, in-depth understanding of the British Royal Navy Trident nuclear submarine programme, and revealed the details, including driving these submarines operating system.
According to the guardian, the nuclear powered submarine, which uses a "for Submarines Windows" operating system, which is based on the XP Windows operating system, because it is cheaper than other operating systems. British Guardian article also admitted that the participation of for Submarines Windows operating system development of people who believe that the use of a Microsoft has stopped supporting the Windows operating system, there is indeed a risk of security.
Basically, is currently the biggest threat to the British royal navy nuclear submarine, the submarine is in communication with the port, a software update, the operating system did not play a patch for the vulnerability can be exploited by cyber criminals broke into the nuclear submarine of the operating system.
However, the British Ministry of defense is not worried that hackers can use the operating system vulnerabilities exist, and in a statement said they pay special attention to prevent this threat. They claim that the submarine operates in an isolated environment, which facilitates their ability to adapt to the network. We assume our responsibility to maintain a reliable nuclear deterrent, and we continue to assess the submarine capabilities to ensure its operational efficiency, including the response to threats from the network and unmanned equipment.
Right now, the world is still running XP Windows desktop computers less than 10, this figure is expected to continue to decline, more and more XP Windows users continue to transfer to the new platform, such as Windows 7, 8.1, or 10.