(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Microsoft officially ended support of its 12 year old operating system on April 8th, leaving organizations who hadn’t converted to a different OS vulnerable to attacks, including the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Since the IRS failed to meet Microsoft’s deadline, the company is left having to pay the tech giant millions of dollars for an extra year of security patches.
According to a report from Computerworld, the agency has upgraded only 47% of its 110,000 computers to Windows 7, leaving around 58,000 computers open to attacks.
The IRS made a statement on Friday assuring users that this issue will have no effect on tax deadlines.
“None of our filing season systems or other major business operating systems for taxpayers use Windows XP,” said an IRS spokesperson. “The IRS emphasizes the situation involving Windows will have no impact on taxpayers, including people filing their tax returns in advance of the April 15 deadline.”
The agency said they are aiming to have all computers upgraded to Windows 7 by the end of 2014.