When ATMs were introduced more than 40 years ago, they were considered advanced technology. Today, not so much.
Inside every ATM casing is a computer, and like all such devices, each one runs on an OS. Microsoft’s 12-year-old Windows XP dominates the ATM market, powering more than 95 percent of the world’s machines and a similar percentage in the U.S., according to Robert Johnston, a marketing director at NCR (NCR), the largest ATM supplier in the U.S.
For banks, investing into a massive upgrade of an old computer system would be a waste of money because customers are switching to mobile payments. We can deposit checks, pay bills, and invest with a smartphone. The only thing we can't get from the smartphone is
If the banks don't invest in a rigorous new security system, old ATM networks will become a juicy target for hackers. Like any other parasites, hackers love weak targets: newborns and elderly, a legacy ATM system being the latter. A computer security disaster with a major ATM network will speed up the adoption of digital currencies immensely. A great financial play would be to buy a lot of bitcoins, then hack an ATM system just to scare people into using the new technology.