San Diego County Credit Union said it has upgraded its 30,000 ATMs across Southern California in response to Microsoft’s phase out of the venerable Windows XP operating system that runs most ATMs.

An SDCCU ATM in North Park with new lighting. Photo courtesy SDCCU
An SDCCU ATM in North Park with new lighting. Photo courtesy SDCCU

Some 95 percent of the world’s cash machines are powered by Windows XP, according to SDCCU, and industry reports suggest only one-third in the United States have been upgraded to Windows 7.

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on Tuesday, and security experts warn that the lack of future security updates for that operating system could leave many of the country’s ATMs vulnerable to cyberattacks.

As part of the upgrade to Windows 7, SDCCU also upgraded lighting around its ATMs in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties.

 “As a financial institution, it is not only our responsibility to provide sound financial services to customers, but it is our duty to ensure that we do everything we can to provide data security and peace of mind,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Halleck in a statement Wednesday. “Management knew the sunsetting of this software was coming and started the process to upgrade our machines over a year ago and was compliant before the deadline.”

SDCCU is San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution over 262,000 customers.

— From an SDCCU press release

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.