Microsoft Windows for Warships OS Compromised
Article by George Norman
On 16 Jan 2009
While things are going swimmingly for Microsoft now that Windows 7 Beta 1 has been officially released to the general public, the same cannot be said for the British Ministry of Defence and their “Windows for Warships” operating system, or SMCS NG (Submarine Command System Next Generation) which was implemented earlier this month. As it turns out, the OS which is mainly based on Windows, was infected by a virus and consequently a number of MoD (Ministry of Defence) systems were shut down, none of them involving navigation systems or weaponry.

The Royal Navy issued this statement: "Since 6 Jan 09 the performance of the MOD IT systems in a number of areas was affected by a virus. Immediate action was taken to isolate the problem to stop the virus from spreading. This meant that some people were without regular IT access (i.e. email, internet). There have been no infections detected on any networks with sensitive information. A solution to prevent re-infection has been tested and implemented. The majority of systems are working normally.”

Advertising

The whole story started earlier this month when the Royal Navy decided it would be a good idea to implement a Windows-based operating system on its submarines (Triumph and Tireless) and warships (Type 23s). The whole move, which one might look at as some additional publicity for Microsoft, was meant to cut cost of up to £22 million in the next 10 years. Here is what Leader of the Ministry of Defence’s Submarine Combat System Group, Capt. Pat O’Neill had to say at the time: “This is a fantastic achievement. From speaking to operators and maintainers, I know how much they like SMCS NG. BAE Systems work is proof that we can get commercial off the shelf technology to sea quickly and support it affordably.”

Specific details are not available, but according to Sophos’ Graham Cluley, the most likely explanation is that this incident is a direct result of human error or poor security management rather than a targeted hacker attack.



Tags: MoD, Microsoft, Windows
About the author: George Norman
George is a news editor.
You can follow him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter

I Hope you LIKE this blog post! Thank you!
What do YOU have to say about this
blog comments powered by Disqus
Popular News
By George Norman on 09 Dec 2016
People on the internet love to use acronyms. Maybe it has something to do with being efficient, maybe the writers know that some readers get scared when they see a lot of text.
By George Norman on 09 Dec 2016
As 2016 comes to an end, Facebook looks back at the topics and videos that captured everyone’s attention throughout the year. Facebook’s annual Year in Review presents the top 10...
Related News
By George Norman on 14 Jul 2016
The wait is over! The PC version of Fallout Shelter that Bethesda announced at E3, has finally been released. This means you’re no longer stuck playing the game on your mobile, you can also play it on your PC.
By George Norman on 07 Oct 2016
Right out of the box, BitTorrent offers a pretty enjoyable user experience. There’s room for improvement though, and all you have to do is turn off a few settings that are enabled by default.
By George Norman on 17 Jun 2016
Yes, cleaning your PC is a time-consuming chore that you don’t really want to do. But it’s something that you absolutely must do, if you want your PC to run smoothly and efficiently.
By George Norman on 26 Sep 2016
The thing that annoys me about Windows Photo Viewer is that the background color isn’t black. Not by default anyway. But with a bit of tinkering, it can easily be changed to black.
Sponsored Links
Hot Software Updates
Top Downloads
Become A Fan!
Link To Us!
Microsoft Windows for Warships OS Compromised
HTML Linking Code