The RBI has given clear directives to banks to operate their ATM networks post the machines receiving a Windows update to protect them from a cyber attack impacting systems across the world.
The directive were made by the apex bank in response to the WannaCry ransomware that posed a threat to the computer systems across the world locking up critical data and demanding bitcoins as ransom for its release. ATM machines are seen as being vulnerable since almost all of them run on Windows software.
ATM machines are seen as being vulnerable targets since almost all of them run on Windows software. Also over 60% of the 2.25 lakh ATMs in the country run on the outdated Windows XP.
Microsoft has, however, issued a statement saying that it has developed and released a special update for Windows XP although this particular version of its operating system is no longer serviced by the company.