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The Corliss Group Latest Tech Review: Using Windows XP makes European ATMs vulnerable to malware attacks


The Corliss Group Latest Tech Review - For the first time a country in Western Europe reported that malware attacks used by hackers to steal € 1,230,000 (US $ 1,320,000) from ATMs. A major problem is the continued use of Windows XP in ATMs , making them more vulnerable to attack, a report on ATM fraud said.


The report does not specify which country reported malware attacks , says Lachlan Gunn, Executive Director of the European ATM Security Team (EAST), an organization that aims to provide an overview of the development of ATM fraud .


But it is the first time these attacks were reported in Western Europe. Malware attacks on ATMs have been used for some time in other parts of the world, including Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America, says Gunn.


The statistics in the East report were provided by 21 European countries, including France, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Romania and the Netherlands.


The country targeted by malware attacks reported 51 incidents involving malware in 2014. In those cases, criminals used so-called cash out or jackpot things attack where malware is used to take control of ATM cash dispensers feature makes it possible for criminals to draw cash. Gunn expects several Western European countries will report malware attacks in 2015.


"As a significant number of European ATMs continue to use Windows XP operating system, there is concern that many continue to suffer ATM malware not taking the necessary preventive measures," EAST said in the report.


Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April last year. Despite ATM vendors like Wincor Nixdorf warning that the operating system exposes ATM operators significantly higher security and legal risks, migration to new systems is slow.


Suppliers with EAST and European police, working on guidelines to protect their ATM systems against these malware attacks, says Gunn.