Windows XP Support Ends In April
12 months back Microsoft announced that they would be pulling the plug on the Windows XP operating system, though many now have a hard time believing it’s been all that long. With just a few more weeks before the decade old operating system is essentially scrapped, Microsoft has been urging many users to migrate to a newer operating system but there is one sector that can be badly hit by this: ATMs.
More than 95% of all ATMs still run on the Windows XP operating system, and they’re in for some security flaw or the other when support drops. As soon as Microsoft withdraws all support for the Windows XP OS, these ATMs become the most vulnerable systems to hacks and virus attacks. Lack of support means that all ATMs which use Windows XP will stop receiving updates and security patches, thus opening them up to many potential threats.
The official date for end of support is scheduled as April 8, 2014, after which Microsoft will no longer provide any updates or be liable to fix issues. If banks do not jump over to newer operating systems all ATMs are prone to severe virus attacks that could cripple security and leave people’s money for the picking. Banks better take some initiative as this could spell doom for their business and customers.
ATM machines hold real cash so hackers could really have a fun day tinkering about with the ATM’s security and siphon off lots of cash. If this does occur, banks are completely at blame for failing to update security and leaving the public’s hard earned money in the hands of these hijackers. For truly skilled hackers, messing with people’s accounts and getting all the cash they want would be like stealing candy from a baby.
Support For Windows XP Comes To An End
A Microsoft spokesperson commented on the matter saying, “There are certainly large enterprise customers who haven’t finished their migrations yet and are purchasing custom support. The cost will depend on both the specific needs of the customer and what support they already have in place, so it’s different for every customer.”
Leaving aside ATMs individual computers that still operate on Windows XP post the end of support are vulnerable to zero day attacks. To know more about your options contact the Windows support number. Professionals at Windows support number could instruct you on how to transfer to a newer version of the Windows operating system.
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