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Re: Windows more secure for ATMs than Linux ..

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____/ Doug Mentohl on Wednesday 18 March 2009 18:16 : \____

> Industry experts also note that momentum is building for Windows because
> of its flexibility in connecting to multiple hardware, systems, and
> applications. And unlike Linux, the Windows OS features systems
> management, security, and software distribution tools within the OS
> kernel, easing integration with a bank’s existing infrastructure while
> obviating the need to purchase additional components, or build them from
> scratch ..
> Windows OS Supports Vendor-Agnostic Application Redeployment .. By
> incorporating the Microsoft Windows OS and Web-based technologies in
> their ATMs, middleware, and back-office systems, banks can more easily
> deliver applications across platforms ..
> 'Diebold has released a security fix for its Opteva automated teller
> machines after cyber criminals apparently broke into the systems at one
> or more businesses in Russia and installed .. Diebold did not say
> exactly how the criminals were able to install the software on the systems'
> software

PINs stolen from Citibank ATMs

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| The alleged thieves made off with about $2 million between October 2007 until
| March of this year. Officials believe they remotely broke into the back-end
| computers that approve cash withdrawals and grabbed the PINs as they were
| being transmitted from the ATMs to the transaction processing computers,
| which increasingly use Windows, the report says.
| [... from the comments ...]
| Windows should not be used, nor shout OS X or Linux if it is running a GUI.
| While Windows can not be striped to a secure level and OS X is a bit of a
| challenge, Linux is very easy to run with a very minimalistic build.
| Check out the NSA version of Linux.


Windows-based cash machines 'easily hacked'

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| ATMs, or automated teller machines, today face the Internet-born threat of
| worms and denial-of-service attacks, as well as being at risk from malicious  
| applications that can harvest customer data or hijack machines.


Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.  


Brazilian banks look to Linux for ATMs

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| Brazilian banking giant Banco do Brasil this year is preparing to start a
| massive migration of one of the world’s biggest ATM fleets to the GNU/Linux
| operating system.


Madness: ATMs Running Windows XP?


Pictures of ATM Machine Running Windows XP Crashing

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| The other day I pulled up to an ATM and it was in the middle of crashing and
| so I was able to shoot these pics during the crash and reboot. The ATM never
| did come up fully so I was unable to get some cash.  


ATM using un-activated Windows

,----[ Quote ]
| Ok, so lets be realistic for a moment here, first off, is 'Hackers Best
| Friend" MS Windows really the optimal choice for an operating system that
| spits out cash?  


ATM with Pirated Windows [with photos]

,----[ Quote ]
| In Russian you can sometimes meet pirated copy of Windows even
| on ATM. It warns that this copy of Windows need activation and
| the work of ATM gets interrupted.



Why not Embedded? ATM's Running XP Professional...

,----[ Quote ]
| This time, I happened to be there when it suddenly BSOD'd and began a
| reboot cycle. Obviously, to BSOD it needs to run Windows, and moments
| later, that was confirmed. But that's not the story here -- believe it or
| not, most ATMs run Windows nowadays, and there's absoloutely nothing
| wrong with that.
| [...]
| There's a million reasons why an ATM should must be RTOS, be it Linux or
| VxWorks or Windows CE, but even if you don't go with RTOS, Windows XP
| Professional most certainly isn't the answer. Especially if it's not even
| SP2.


ATMs hacked using MP3 player

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| A criminal gang in the U.K. was able to steal confidential banking
| data by bugging ATMs with an MP3 player, The Times of London
| reported in its online edition Thursday.


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