Microsoft says 70% of ATMs in Nigeria are vulnerable




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Over 70 percent of the ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) operated in are vulnerable to the risk of attacks by hackers and illegal activities following the halt of support by to the Windows XP operating system.
Most Nigerian banks have been running ATMs the outdated Windows XP, despite a series of announcements by the global software maker that it would stop supporting the 2001 released system.
As of April 8, halted support for “cyber and technical support for the Windows XP”, a majority of banks still relying the system to run cashing outlets, brewing concerns amongst customers regards a possible to their personal banking information.
While Mr Kabelo Makwane, ’s Country Manager, who represented by Olayinka Oni, the tech giant’s Chief Technology Officer, insisted no extended window will be provided for banks, he revealed that the company is currently engaged in discussions to migrate banks to the latest Windows 8 OS.
“The reality is that all of the ATMs in run Microsoft Windows OS. About 30 percent of that is actually running Windows 7, which is fully supported right . So, that probably leaves 70 percent still running Windows XP.
“But obviously, we are in conversations them on how they can get custom-extended support, while they think through the implementation in getting modern,” Olayinka noted.
Most banks have initiated independent migration to guaranty safety of customers’ information and secure delicate stored data. (VENTURES )