I've seen a number of concerns from security people about the exposure to the rest of the computer community by Microsoft stopping XP security up-to-date updates. However, I thought this one was worth a post as unlike many others on this topic, this points to a specific
population involving the financial world which I'd not seen expressed before other than in generalities. An element that concerns not only the owners of the systems, but their customers, and even others in the world that depend on cash transactions facilitated by ATMs. So, it's a larger affected population than one might initially consider.
The 2014 end-of-support date for WinXP
is on target for April, although Microsoft does claim it will keep security updates available online (but no longer updated) for awhile longer (until 2015
...see edit below).
Among concerns about lack of security updates of for this OS is this article.
(note: Overall, it is estimated something like 20% to 30% of all current
OS installs still
out there are WinXP-based, including population of tablets, phones, desktops, etc). Keep in mind that projections also strongly suggest desktop installs continue to decrease as a percentage of the total OS install population.)
ATM security alert as Microsoft prepares to kill off Windows XP
* Microsoft to cease support for Windows XP on April 8th (2014)
* Experts believe ONLY 95% of ATMs run the software
* Could leave machines vulnerable to hackers
Cashpoints around the world could be left vulnerable to hacker attacks.
Experts say many of the ATMs may have to be dumped (or major (expensive) hardware components replaced
, firmware re-written, etc). Many will require sending company
techs to each physical machine, which means likely at higher-cost when subcontracted personnel can't be used.
(Guess who will have to pay for replacing all those many, many millions of ATMs?-banking customers and taxpayers. Expenses like these are written off of taxes in the actionable year(s), and new capital equipment costs are depreciated over several years...both of which mean increased costs to taxpayers.
ATMs that are modified also will require federal recertification...another expense passed along to customers and taxpayers.
=add second source and slightly more info
"...Microsoft will extend support for its Windows XP security products through July 2015
employees reportedly call Windows 8 ‘the new Vista"