Despite Microsoft repeatedly heralding the end of Windows XP support, analysts say several types of financial systems are vulnerable as their operators will likely keep running the 12-year-old operating system. The problem is that systems such as independent automated teller machines (ATMs) and small businesses’ credit-card-sales systems are likely to continue running XP—for which supported ended on April 8—because of the high cost and inconvenience of upgrading. For upgrades to Windows 7, some retailers could pay $1,700 for a single-store credit-card payment system and ATM vendors could pay between $4,000 to 5,000 per machine. If new ATM hardware is needed, that could cost another $50,000 and $60,000 per device.
The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council has warned retailers about the security risks of continuing to use XP systems but does not require them to upgrade their systems to operate on credit-card networks. Security analysts say malware writers sold new XP exploits that hackers have stockpiled in anticipation of Windows XP’s support ending. (TIME)(ZD Net)