The end of support for Windows XP is likely to increase the probability of attacks on such a system and may affect ATM operations as well, RBI said.

"The probability of attacks on such a system may increase and it may be difficult to defend such attacks in the absence of Microsoft support," RBI said in a notification addressed to the banks.

Microsoft will stop issuing updates and patches for bugs in its Windows XP operating systems, which was released in 2001, from April 8, 2014.

"As some of your systems, including ATMs, may still be working on Windows XP, you are advised to take immediate steps to implement appropriate systems and controls in this regard," it added.


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