The Windows XP source code was published for several hours on 4chan in the public domain. This time was enough for some Internet users to download the necessary information about the once popular OS.
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Support for Windows XP ended in 2014. Microsoft developers do not create security updates for this OS at this time. According to statistics, this OS is still used by about 1% of computer owners. As a result, publicly available data will not benefit malware creators. However, Microsoft often uses the same pieces of code when creating new operating systems. Therefore, the sources can be used to develop non-standard assemblies and support various devices, ensure compatibility with current Windows.
Microsoft employees are expected to do their utmost to prevent third parties from using the source code. The executives of the American corporation did not comment on the rumors about the leak of the melons on the Internet.