German agency warns Windows 8 PCs vulnerable to cyber threats
FRANKFURT (REUTERS) - A German government technology agency has warned that new security technology in computers running Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system may actually make PCs more vulnerable to cyber threats, including sabotage.
Germany's Federal Office for Information Security, or BSI, said in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday that federal government agencies and critical infrastructure operators should pay particular attention to the risk.
The warning comes after weeks of public indignation in Germany over leaks related to United States (US) surveillance programmes. The spying scandal has become a headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of a Sept 22 election.
The problem, according to the BSI, is with the use of a computer chip known as the Trusted Platform Module, or TPM 2.0, which is built into Windows 8 computers. TPM 2.0 is designed to better protect PCs by interacting with a variety of security applications.