Monday, March 24, 2014

Microsoft, in the eye of the hurricane for its legal terms and XP

Yes, we know, today is Monday. Mondays are hard. It is tough to get up,  your email inbox is full and there is a whole week ahead. But for many people in charge of ATMs, a much worse Tuesday is about to come.

We are talking about April 8th, date from which Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP, installed on 95% of ATMs worldwide. It is likely that this operating system, which also has present on 40% of desktops computers, will become the favorite target for cybercriminals. Therefore, at this point, banks have two options: to upgrade to another operating system or to pay for extended Microsoft’s support.

In India, however, they are not concerned about this situation, since they argue that their 115,000 cash machines are prepared to use Windows XP Embedded version, which is safer, or upgrade to Windows 7 or Linux. Furthermore, no ATM is connected to the Internet in that country so hackers need to overcome the bank's firewall to access your intranet.

However, “regular” userswill have to decide whether to upgrade their computers or exposed them to the risks of having a non-supported Windows XP. Many of them may already be in danger because they installed pirated software some time. According to a study by the National University of Singapore and IDC for Microsoft, pirated versions contain malware that will mean a cost of $ 25,000 million and 1,200 million hours in solving the problems caused, in 2014.

Cisco, meanwhile, has reported multiple vulnerabilities in several products: Hosted Collaboration Solution (HCS), Cisco WebEx Business Suite, Cisco ASA, Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T (Sup2T) and Cisco AsyncOS Software. Although they developed updates to fix the flaws, those considered medium or low important, will have to be paid by whoever want to install them.

But going back to Microsoft, the software giant acknowledges that it can read emails and browse the conversations that take place through their services without any warrant, according to legal terms of those services. And they did it! It happened during a leak investigation. One of their employees gave a ​​Windows 8 version to French blogger prior the launch. However, Yahoo and Google include similar clauses in their terms of use.

In addition, the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has been leaked some alleged documents which show that Microsoft was paid between $ 100 and $ 200 by FBI for every information request that it processes, up to total figures that reached $ 145,100 in 2013 and $ 281.00 in 2013.
We don’t want to take more of your time in this busy Monday. Have a great week!


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