The German government has warned that Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system's use could make PCs running it makes more prone to cyber attacks.
BSI, Germany's Federal Office for Information Security, in a statement posted on its website said that federal government agencies and other important agencies should be wary of the risks of using this operating system.
The problem is said to be with the use of a computer chip, the Trusted Platform Module, or TPM 2.0, which is built into Windows 8 computers to support Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), according to the BSI.
The BSI further added that the joint implementation of Windows 8 and TPM 2.0 chips could lead to "a loss of control" over both the operating system and hardware.
"As a result, new risks occur for users, especially for federal and critical infrastructure," it added.
"The new mechanisms in use can also be used for sabotage by third parties. These risks need to be addressed."