Windows on ATMs?

From Wired:

Automatic teller machines at two banks running Microsoft’s popular Windows software were infected by a computer virus in August... Computer security experts predicted more problems to come as Windows migrates to critical systems consumers rely on.

You have got to be kidding me.  Whose genius idea was it to put a Microsoft operating system on an ATM??

Posted by Anthony on 2 replies


01. Dec 10, 2003 at 06:36pm by andy:

there needs to be a massive petition for that to stop happening.  if i find out MY bank’s atm runs windows, i’m never using it again.

02. Dec 10, 2003 at 09:43pm by Anthony:

I know, right... but the article says that Diebold isn’t disclosing which banks were affected, and considering that the word "Windows" is synonymous with "security nightmare waiting to happen (over and over)," I doubt they’d even disclose which ATMs run Windows in the first place.  Better just do like I do, and keep all your money in your shoe stashed away somewhere that no one knows about.

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