ATMs are 'spitting out' cash after being infected with malware

Danielx64

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It seems like every single week we hear of a new major security breach, or data dump, or record-setting DDoS attack, all of which highlight the important role of cyber security in our online world. Today, a new attack is in the news, though it seems to have been inspired by movies: hackers are attacking ATMs and making them “spit money”.

The BBC is reporting on news from a Russian security company, Group IB, which is warning that attackers have compromised banks’ internal systems. By infecting systems with malware, attackers were able to somehow get control of a large number of ATMs in various parts of Europe and Asia. Once that’s achieved, a coordinated attack is carried out where “money mules” wait next to affected ATMs and quickly abscond with the cash that’s “spat out” by the machine.
And that's why I don't use an ATM :)
 

Jake

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No but it just to show how ATM machines can be taken over/infected with malware.
Better not use a card to get gas or anywhere else then. In fact, better have your Internet disconnected, have your phone service disconnected and find a cave to go hide out in
 

cheat_master30

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ATMs spitting out cash?

Well then, they'd better hope they don't 'mistime' it and have the money come flying out as some random bystander is trying to check their balance or something.

I'm now picturing some average Joe thinking he's won the jackpot.
 
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