The whole ordeal of ATMs around the world is no secret. Several reports have indicated just how much Windows XP is being in used in the financial world, even after retirement.
Microsoft may have pulled the plug on April 8, but several companies are still rocking Windows XP, even with the very apparent risks involved. Security experts have been warning left and right, urging organizations to upgrade to a newer platform, but this is obviously easier said than done.
Take the case of Mexico here, for instance.
Around 95% of ATMs in the country are said to be running Windows XP, although there are no figures how many of these are running the desktop build of the operating system and how many are on the Embedded version, which is still supported by Microsoft.
But the scary bit here is how these machines are to be upgraded.
In the words of José Manuel González Barragán, the marketing director of Moneta Technologies, a technology and e-banking consultancy firm:
“The problem is that to update traditional ATMs, the person must physically go and install the new software, which permits these people to install any type of malware.”
Quite a headache, if you ask me!
One can make a case that this is the situation the world over. Several companies have already started the upgrade process, but for most, it is a lengthy, complicated and expensive endeavor.