It’s not just the XPocalypse Threat, Everyone’s OS, Device or Terminal is at Risk

  • By Kathleen Glass

In less than one week since Microsoft ended support for its 12 year old operating system Windows XP, reports of early XP Scams are already flooding the Internet. This end of support is estimated to affect one in four PCs globally and 95% of ATMs globally are running on embedded XP systems.  And though Microsoft for years made it known the end of support for XP would come, many businesses didn’t move to Microsoft’s Windows 8 launched in 2012 or its later 8.1 because its new touch screen enhancements designed mainly for notebooks wasn’t deemed user-friendly by the workforce who is still predominately Windows PC.

Merchants still running Windows XP have an expedited reason to prepare soonest for an upgrade to a supported operating system as The PCI Security Standard (PCI DSS) Requirement 6.2 states all system components and software are protected from known vulnerabilities by installing applicable vendor-supplied security patches. If they don’t act, they risk not remaining on The PCI Security Standards Council’s “In Place” compliant list.

Unfortunately even if you are PCI Compliant these days, advanced malware can still bypass your traditional AV and reach Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals and ATMs – anything on any kind of Windows platform.

We at Wontok recommend the following:

  •  Bring systems as current as possible
  • Keep up with updates and patches
  • Use modern security approaches
  • Combine prevention with detection

At Wontok, our data security solutions are built with the assumption that malware is already inside the network or machine. Therefore, the best way to prevent data theft is to provide a containerized environment to keep each transaction safe which is what our Wontok™ SafeCentral Solutions overs all businesses regardless of Operating System.  Read transcript from Internet Security Media Group [ISMG’s] interview with our CEO to learn more about latest malware trends, how to prevent data breaches and Wontok  SafeCentral Malware Prevention.