Windows XP source code has been leaked including several other Windows version including Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2000 by an unknown hacker on the 4Chan in the form of a torrent file.
The entire leaked Windows source code file is 43 GB in size and the hacker behind the leak has been collecting and compiling the Windows leaked source code file from past two months.
Most of the big tech companies safeguard their source code file having proprietary rights to them.
The hacker posted screenshots of the leaked Windows source code file and the iconic Bliss Background of the Windows operating system. Also, the hacker posted a zip file that contained the leaked source code of Windows XP or Windows 2003 which has now been spread to all over the internet.
The leaked contents of the source code file include:
- MS-DOS 3.30
- MS-DOS 6.0
- Windows 2000
- Windows CE 3
- Windows CE 4
- Windows CE 5
- Windows Embedded 7
- Windows Embedded CE
- Windows NT 3.5
- Windows NT 4
In addition to the leaked Windows source code, the folder also includes the documents related to conspiracy theories related to Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Why do we need to worry about leaked Windows Source Code file?
Hackers can reverse engineer the leaked source code file and may find exploitable bugs and can target Windows 10 users if any of the parts of leaked code was used. Also, anyone can create his own version of Windows with that will come under copyright breach.
More than 1% of the computers worldwide still depend on Windows XP as their OS. Malware developers can also breach ATMs or Memory based exploits are also possible to abuse the APIs.
However, Microsoft hasn’t commented about the Windows XP source code leak.