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Windows XP service discontinued, user data at risk

Windows XP users could face security risks

Microsoft has carried out long-term plans to end customer support for its Windows XP operating system, and that could leave financial and health-care information stored by businesses vulnerable to hackers.

That's because a majority of those using the 12-year-old operating system are businesses, including big banks, according to Bridget Carey, CNET senior editor.