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Microsoft Is About to Blow Up ATMs All Over the Country

     

Robert Charlton

7:35 pm on Apr 1, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft Is About to Blow Up ATMs All Over the Country
Time Magazine/ Fortune
March 31, 2014

[time.com...]

After April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will end support, including automatic security patches, for its 13-year-old Windows XP operating system. This may sound like an inconvenience primarily for government agencies and aging uncles, but another major set of Windows XP users are the automated teller machines and credit card sales systems that handle billions of dollars of transactions daily.

While major retailers and banks are likely to be well prepared for the end of XP, financial systems based on the software are also in the hands of a far-reaching hodgepodge of independent ATM operators and small businesses. Despite ample warning, industry analysts and insiders agree that high cost and inconvenience will keep plenty of these smaller players running outdated software for many months to come with serious implications for the security of their systems....

bill

4:05 am on Apr 2, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Wow. The folks at Time have really gone for the link-bait with this one...

Most of these ATMs are likely running Windows XP Embedded. You can use Windows XP Embedded to build an image that includes only the Windows components that your device requires. So, if you don't require networking capabilities, you can exclude networking components from the image. Hopefully they're not running full versions of XP on these machines.
 

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