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Software ´Armageddon´ Could
Expose ATMs to Hackers

ABC News, by Alex Farnham

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Posted By:MissMolly, 3/19/2014 4:44:14 AM

Be on the lookout for any suspicious activity in your bank accounts starting early next month, a software expert recommends. That´s because on April 8 Microsoft will cease to offer tech support for Windows XP, the system used by 95 percent of the world´s ATMs. In the U.S., says Scott Kinka, chief technology officer for Evolve IP, a provider of such cloud-based services as virtual servers, virtual desktops and disaster recovery, some 200,000 ATMs rely on Windows XP. He calls April 8--the day Microsoft stops supporting the software—an "XP Armageddon." Only 15 percent of financial institutions, says Kinka, are expected

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: wetenschapper, 3/19/2014 7:17:48 AM     (No. 9774726)

Here´s a thought: I if Microsoft were truly concerned about their customers, rather than with extorting payment via planned obsolescence, they could license the XP code to some third party who would be willing to maintain it - or even periodically update it themselves - for a reasonable fee. This won´t happen, however, because continued usability of this stable, reliable operating system would hurt their bottom line when they roll out turkeys like Visa or Windows 8.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ocjim, 3/19/2014 9:08:34 AM     (No. 9774864)

They never upgraded the ATMs to Vista???

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Reply 3 - Posted by: curious1, 3/19/2014 10:18:18 AM     (No. 9774978)

Oh, puhleaseeee...! Losing support doesn´t instantly open the XP system to attack. Though anyone who uses wind-blows for anything critical should have a place in a rubber room reserved with their name.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Doctor P, 3/19/2014 12:51:02 PM     (No. 9775266)

Might be a good time to sell more ATM´s or system upgrades at the minimum

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