Microsoft Ending Technical Support For 95% Of ATMs

STAUNTON, Va. - We hear about all the time and Jordan Leahy experienced it as a victim of the Target security breach.

"It sort of makes me nervous," he said, "we had a credit card account and she used it on that day and when the information leaked it came out and we said 'oh shoot, that was us'."

Now the spotlight is on banks to update software settings at your local ATM in order to keep your information safe.

The issue is that Microsoft is ending its technical security support for more than 200,000 machines which could leave millions of people at risk of getting their personal information stolen if they don't upgrade soon.

According to some reports, banks have until the beginning of April to update their operating systems on ATMs or your information could be stolen, but some experts say that the real danger is your home or office computer.

Michael Tranum, the Vice President of Information Technology at DuPont Community Credit Union, thinks most people shouldn't panic.

"ATMs are on a closed network system meaning they are not connected to the internet, meaning they don't received their updates directly from Microsoft, so the real risk, the real concern surrounding April 8th are our members' computers and other financial institutions' computers who are still running Windows XP," said Tranum.

Either way, experts still suggest that to avoid any kind of issues, banks and credit unions should upgrade to a newer version of Microsoft windows by April 8, which is something that people like Jordan would like happen, so he and others can avoid another mishap.


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