The computers on Britain’s new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier – HMS Queen Elizabeth – seem to be armed with a not-so-state-of-the-art operating system. Journalists inspecting the British Navy’s next flagship spotted that it appears to be running on Windows XP, the very same OS that proved so vulnerable to the recent WannaCry cyberattack.
Naval top brass have been swift to play down the implications of the UK’s most advanced warship carrying technology that would be more at home on the Kon-Tiki, claiming that the new carrier was commissioned twenty years ago – so the IT spec is bound to be a bit out of date. More reassuringly, there’s a good chance the system will be upgraded at some point to something more cutting edge.
Perhaps this is all just a ruse to lull Britain’s enemies into a false sense of security… but we can’t help being reminded of Hunt for Red October and the by now iconic old tech used in the movie.