Windows 10 source code allegedly leaked; legitimacy challenged [Updated]
Original Story: UK-based tech site, The Register, posted an article claiming that 32TB of Windows 10 builds had been leaked online, including source code. That could spell disaster for Windows users, the source code allowing exploits to easily be developed.
According to the same article, the packages were uploaded to the private FTP server of BetaArchive.com.
While we can’t access the server, which requires a membership that is very exclusive to developers, there has been a lot of debate on the forums. An admin spoke up and released the following statement:
First of all let us clear up a few facts. The “Shared Source Kit” folder did exist on the FTP until this article came to light. We have removed it from our FTP and listings pending further review just in case we missed something in our initial release. We currently have no plans to restore it until a full review of its contents is carried out and it is deemed acceptable under our rules.
The folder itself was 1.2GB in size, contained 12 releases each being 100MB. This is far from the claimed “32TB” as stated in The Register’s article, and cannot possibly cover “core source code” as it would be simply too small, not to mention it is against our rules to store such data.
At this time all we can deduct is that The Register refers to the large Windows 10 release we had on March 24th which included a lot of Windows releases provided to us, sourced from various forum members, Windows Insider members, and Microsoft Connect members. All of these we deemed safe for release to BetaArchive as they are all beta releases and defunct builds superseded by newer ones, and they were covered under our rules.
If any of this should change we will remove these builds from the FTP and we will happily comply with any instructions to do so by Microsoft.
With regards to the BBC article about two Britons that have been arrested following an alleged Microsoft hack, we don’t believe there is any connection with this alleged “Windows 10 core source code leak”.
We’ll wait to hear about any developments should Microsoft release a statement.