While the OS has been around for a long time, it’s the first time source code has leaked on the internet. The leaked files also hint that the code has been shared privately for years. The leaked code poses a threat to companies still using these operating systems.
Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP in 2014. The software giant still published an XP patch in 2017 as a response to the massive WannaCry malware attack. The tech firm runs a special Government Security Program (GSP) allowing governments and companies controlled access to source code.
The leaked files are compiled with unreleased set of XP themes that were part of its early development. The leaked theme is similar to Apple’s old Aqua design language from macOS.
According to The Verge, the source code being circulated on the internet is a legitimate one. If the code is legitimate, the users of Windows XP are under a serious online threat. The code files are also leaked on popular file-sharing site Mega.
The latest XP leak isn’t the first time Microsoft is under controversy. A few years ago, at least 1GB of Windows 10 source code was laced online. Microsoft is already fighting series of Xbox-related source code leaks.