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June 01, 2015, 09:17:22 PM
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Well I came across the weirdest thing recently guys and I figured since a lot of you dealt a lot with computer security you'd be able to explain this to me. I went to withdraw money from an ATM today nearby where I live and inevitably it wasn't working but it was acting pretty weird. I wonder one of the security guys or employees had been working on it at the time but there was some weird DOS command prompt stuff up on it and it was restarting itself.

I kid you not, the fucking thing had Windows 98 installed on it and this wasn't even an old ATM either it was brand new, saw the thing flickering it up occasionally as it was clearly doing some kind of operations in the background but I wanted to know if anyone had ever come across this before. It seems pretty ridiculous to me that a fucking ATM was using Windows 98, mind you, this wasn't for a proper bank, it was Sainsburies but even then I was wondering if all bank ATMs acted like this?

I realise this is a pretty specialised thing to ask about but knowing this forum you all might have some answers considering the stuff you get into.
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June 01, 2015, 09:29:56 PM
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I know some ATM's have used XP, so it doesn't surprise me too much that it's running Windows 98. I believe most ATM use some version of Windows. There have been numerous attacks documented in the news over the years.

The reason they may still be running Windows 98 is due to the store not having enough funds in able to upgrade it. I would of thought they cost quite a hefty sum without bringing in much revenue.

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June 01, 2015, 09:35:50 PM
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exactly the same thing happened to me but it was for a big bank in my country and in an airport  Roll Eyes

Yeah, god damn shit the bitch was running win xp !

and the security guy started yelling at me thinking that i was a theif or something hacking into the maching  Grin

I kept in the office till the guy who fixes it came then they released me  Cheesy

Anyway , I had to delay my trip and I wasn't in my city and had to sit for about 10 hrs in the airport waiting  Undecided

All of this cuz of the fucking ATM . Wish I never wanted to withdraw money on that day  Grin


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June 01, 2015, 10:10:31 PM
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I'm not making it up >_< and Windows XP would at least be a better choice on their part than Windows 98, seems like real slackness on their part if they can't be bothered getting Windows 7 installed either.

Thanks for the answer anyway Welsh, I knew there'd be someone who'd know why the hell that was going on.
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June 01, 2015, 10:38:40 PM
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Well i think they use win98 because they know everything about it, if they were to use windows 8 or 10, hackers who know of exploits could hack the system, windows 98 and xp are old so everyone knows everything about them, including the IT guys who make ATMs


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