Journalists spot Windows XP on brand new $4.5 billion costing aircraft carrier

Posted 27 June 2017 17:40 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Several journalists have spotted Windows XP computers during a tour on the latest British aircraft carrier, the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The ship from the Royal Navy costs around $4.5 billion and the usage of the unsupported Windows XP raises concerns about the safety of the ship.

On several displays in the control room of the ship Windows XP was running, both The Guardian and The Times report.

“When you buy a ship, you don’t buy it today, you bought it 20 years ago,” according to Mark Deller, commander air on the Queen Elizabeth. He also notes that the specifications of the ship are what was good then, but that there’s always spare capacity in mind.

In the near future there will be upgrade and maybe some of them are already performed, according to Deller. The Royal Navy aircraft carrier has been in developed for nearly 20 years.

The ship will also have a team of cyber specialists onboard that the have the capability of defending against hacks, according to Lt Cmdr Nick Leeson, senior warfare officer.

 



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