Putin’s "computer secret" exposure: still using Windows XP system.

Source: Moscow Times

  Overseas Network December 18th Recently, an office photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin was exposed. As can be seen from the photo, Putin’s office computer still uses Windows XP system, and this detail has caused heated discussion.

  Comprehensive Moscow Times and Guardian reported on 17th that a news photo released by the Kremlin showed that Windows XP was still installed on the computer desktop of Putin’s office.

  According to the report, Microsoft officially stopped technical support for Windows XP and Office 2003 in April 2014, focusing on the updated operating system, and reminded users that if they continue to use Windows XP, they will be more vulnerable to virus attacks.

  Kremlin spokesman peskov did not publicly explain to the media why the Kremlin has not updated the operating system of Putin’s computer. Foreign media speculated that the Russian government imposed restrictions on foreign software used by officials, which may be the reason why Putin’s computer did not update its system. It is unclear how much threat Putin’s computer uses Windows XP to Kegong’s network security.

  According to the export control documents of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Windows XP has been certified by the Russian Technology and Export Control Bureau, and it is the last Microsoft operating system used by Russian government agencies. Windows 10 is only approved for computers that do not contain state secrets.

  On December 2, Putin signed a law prohibiting the sale of smart phones, computers, etc. without pre-installed software specified by the Russian government. Putin also signed a law on the same day, stipulating that website operators must store Russian user data on data processors in Russia. Legal persons or individuals who violate this regulation and refuse localization will face fines. The law will take effect from July 1, 2020.

  According to the report, Russia plans to let computers of all government agencies and "strategic" companies use domestic operating systems to replace the software of Microsoft and Apple by 2025-2030.

  In addition to computers, the mobile phone used by Putin is also the focus of attention. A number of Russian media have previously exposed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s "secret of mobile phone", saying that Putin has a special mobile phone, which is thicker than ordinary smart phones and has several levels of protection measures, including settings to prevent signal theft and eavesdropping. (Sharla Cheung)