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Nearly 7% of ANZ PCs face XP-related security exposure: Trend Micro

Nearly 7% of ANZ PCs face XP-related security exposure: Trend Micro

Companies in Australia and New Zealand are well ahead of world pace in moving away from Windows XP – which is widely expected to become a security nightmare once Microsoft discontinues updates for the platform next Monday – but hundreds of thousands of regional PCs are still running the operating system, according to new statistics from Trend Micro.

The company's analysis, which is based on data from its cloud-based Smart Protection Network, found that 32 percent of all PCs in the world are still running the operating system.

By contrast, some 6.5 percent of the PCs in Australia and New Zealand are still running the operating system – which, the company warned in a printable infographic designed to raise awareness about an “unprecedented risk” that threatens others by allowing XP systems to join botnets and attack other systems online.

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