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ATM malware, controlled by a text message, spews cash

Jeremy Kirk | March 25, 2014
A group of enterprising cybercriminals have figured out how to get cash from a certain type of ATM -- by text message.

Symantec warned that about 95 percent of ATMs are still running Windows XP, Microsoft's 13-year-old OS. Microsoft is ending regular support for Windows XP on April 8, but is offering extended support for Windows XP embedded systems, used for point-of-sale devices and ATMs, through January 2016.

Still, Symantec warned that "the banking industry is facing a serious risk of cyberattacks aimed at their ATM fleet."


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