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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ATMs may be at risk because of the end of Windows XP support

Posted by David Bernstein

As you may or may not know, computers are everywhere whether you realize it or not. They are running things that we don’t even think about such as our cars and TVs. One place where it’s important to have a secure computing environment is inside of ATMs. Since ATMs give us cash at the press of a button, we don’t want them giving our cash to the wrong person.

Many ATMs use Microsoft’s Windows XP as their operating system and Microsoft is going to be stopping support for Windows XP on April 8th of this year. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use Windows XP anymore but it will mean that there will not be any more security patches and support for the operating system itself.

One news site reports that 95% of the world’s ATM machines run on Windows XP and if it’s true this poses a serious security threat. If the operating system of your ATM was not secure, would you want to put in your card and PIN and risk someone getting your information and potentially your money? Microsoft has been pushing Windows XP users and companies to upgrade their computers for some time and many banks are now in the process of upgrading their ATMs to avoid potential security issues. But will they get the job done before it’s too late?

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