Editorial: Banks stalling on security upgrade is no surprise
Do we ever get a break from the banks?
Just when we thought the 'IT glitches' and ATM shutdowns of 2013 had been left behind, a new threat to bank systems' safety may be on the way. The danger comes in the form of an IT security deadline that Irish banks are set to miss. From April 8 onwards, software giant Microsoft will no longer provide security support for its Windows XP computer operating system which is still used in the majority of Ireland's 3,000 ATM machines.
The problem is that once this happens, these ATM machines - and any other computers using Windows XP - will have less protection against hackers, viruses and malicious software.