95% of World’s ATMs Run Windows XP
NCR, the biggest supplier of ATM machines here in the states, says that a whopping 95 percent of the world’s money machines are running Windows XP. Meanwhile, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, roughly 420,000 ATMs call the U.S.A. home, and most of them run XP. Considering that as of April 8 of this year, anything running Windows XP will cease to receive full support from Microsoft, banks and any other business institution that makes ATMs a part of its business, you’d think that these firms would’ve been motivated to upgrade to Windows 7 long before considering Redmond has made the cutoff date plainly public for some time now. However, it is worth noting that Microsoft has recently announced an extension of its anti-malware support to mid-2015.
ATMs whose operators ignore the deadline will continue to function, says Dean Stewart, an executive at Diebold (DBD), which makes ATMs. They’ll just become more vulnerable to malware and other attacks against weaknesses discovered over time in Windows XP. (Customer balances are safe under the standard protections banks offer to ATM users against fraud.) “It’s a very real risk,” Stewart says. “No ATM operator wants to get his name in the paper.”