TrueCrypt’s Web page redirected itself to a SourceForge repository, which carried the following warning...
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The hack, as reported by ZDNet, fools Microsoft into thinking the system is running Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, a variant of XP that's used by ATMs and cash registers. Those systems will keep getting security updates until 2019.
The ban came from China’s Central Government Procurement Center, which posted a brief notice last Friday on new requirements for government tenders.
The date coincides with the company's September Patch Tuesday, which will include a variety of fixes for bugs and vulnerabilities in its software, except, of course, the outdated Windows XP.
There's no indication that this will be a developer preview or a public one, but given that Windows 9 is expected to ship in April 2015, the latter option seems more likely.
It is the software that Microsoft has not patched this month that is probably of greatest interest to attackers.
The finding comes as part of Microsoft’s latest biannual Security Intelligence Report (SIR), released on Wednesday, which studies security issues encountered by more than 800 million computers using its security tools.
You may or may not be able to install Windows 7 on your particular Windows 8 PC. A lot of that depends on the hardware. And, of course, you’ll have to buy a new copy of Windows 7.