Windows ATMs raise security concerns

Wednesday, 3 December 2003, 3:36 AM EST

Last week's revelation by Diebold that its automated teller machines (ATMs) operated by two financial services customers were struck by the W32/Nachi worm raises the specter of even wider disruptions from virus and worm outbreaks and highlights a growing security concern that cash machines running Windows XP and interacting with other Windows systems are vulnerable to attack.

The outbreak of Nachi, also known as "Welchia," occurred in August and required the two customers to take down and patch infected ATMs before they could be safely brought back online, said Jim Merrell, director of global product marketing at Diebold, a leading ATM manufacturer, of North Canton, Ohio.

The two financial institutions whose ATMs were affected have not been identified.

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