Governments face Win XP crisis


A total of 266,231 personal computers at local and prefectural governments running on Microsoft Windows XP won’t be upgraded to a newer version before Microsoft terminates its support for the old operating system next spring, according to the internal affairs ministry.

Microsoft will terminate its support for Windows XP on April 9, meaning it will no longer send out security updates. This will leave the PCs more vulnerable to attacks.

The PCs still running on Win XP account for 13.1 percent of the 2.03 million computers used by local and prefectural governments.

To help prevent leaks of private information, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry is calling on cities and prefectures to refrain from using XP computers until they are upgraded to a newer OS.