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Dangerous Malware Allows Anyone to Empty ATMs—And It’s On Sale!

Dangerous Malware Allows Anyone to Empty ATMs—And It’s On Sale!

October 17, 2017Mohit Kumar
Hacking ATM is now easier than ever before. Usually, hackers exploit hardware and software vulnerabilities to hack ATMs and force them to spit out cash, but now anyone can simply buy a malware to steal millions in cash from ATMs. Hackers are selling ready-made ATM malware on an underground hacking forum that anybody can simply buy for around $5000, researchers at Kaspersky Lab discovered after spotting a forum post advertising the malware, dubbed Cutlet Maker . The forum post provides a brief description and a detailed manual for the malware toolkit designed to target various ATMs models with the help of a vendor API, without interacting with ATM users and their data. Therefore, this malware does not affect bank customers directly; instead, it is intended to trick the bank ATMs from a specific vendor to release cash without authorisation. The manual also mentions an infamous piece of ATM malware, dubbed Tyupkin , which was first analysed in 2014 by Kaspersky Lab and used
Police Arrest 5 Cyber Thieves Who Stole 3.2 Million From ATMs Using Malware

Police Arrest 5 Cyber Thieves Who Stole 3.2 Million From ATMs Using Malware

January 28, 2017Mohit Kumar
Law enforcement authorities from Europe and Russia have arrested five members of an international cyber criminal gang for stealing $3.2 million cash from ATMs using malware. Three of the suspects, Andrejs Peregudovs (41), of Latvia, Niklae Penkov (34) of Moldova, and Mihail Colibaba (30) of Romania, were arrested in Taiwan by the Taiwanese Criminal Investigation Bureau last summer, have already been sentenced to 5 years in prison for their role in a massive ATM heist operation, involving 22 individuals from 6 countries. The European-based cyber criminal gang used a variety of different hacking techniques to infect ATMs with malware and force them to dispense cash. According to Europol that began its investigation in early 2016, the gang used spear-phishing emails containing malicious attachments to target bank employees and penetrate the bank's internal networks. From there, the cyber crooks then located and hacked into the network of ATMs from the inside, and used a m
Massive ATM Hack Hits 3.2 Million Indian Debit Cards — Change Your PIN Now!

Massive ATM Hack Hits 3.2 Million Indian Debit Cards — Change Your PIN Now!

October 20, 2016Swati Khandelwal
India is undergoing the biggest data breaches to date with as many as 3.2 Million debit card details reportedly stolen from multiple banks and financial platforms. The massive financial breach has hit India's biggest banks including State Bank of India (SBI), HDFC Bank, Yes Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis, and customers are advised to change their ATM PIN immediately. Hackers allegedly used malware to compromise the Hitachi Payment Services platform — which is used to power country's ATM, point-of-sale (PoS) machines and other financial transactions — and stole details of 3.2 Million debit cards, reports The Economic Times. Of 3.2 Million debit cards, 2.6 Million are powered by Visa or Mastercard and rest 600,000 work on top of India’s own RuPay platform. Hacked Debit Cards Reportedly Used in China It is not yet clear who is behind the cyber attack, but the report adds that a number of affected customers have observed unauthorized transactions made by their cards in v
Hackers Can Steal Your ATM PIN from Your Smartwatch Or Fitness Tracker

Hackers Can Steal Your ATM PIN from Your Smartwatch Or Fitness Tracker

July 08, 2016Swati Khandelwal
As your day-to-day apparel and accessories are turning into networked mobile electronic devices that attach to your body like smartwatch or fitness band, the threat to our personal data these devices collect has risen exponentially. A recent study from Binghamton University also suggests your smartwatch or fitness tracker is not as secure as you think – and it could be used to steal your ATM PIN code. The risk lies in the motion sensors used by these wearable devices. The sensors also collect information about your hand movements among other data, making it possible for "attackers to reproduce the trajectories" of your hand and "recover secret key entries." In the paper, titled " Friend or Foe?: Your Wearable Devices Reveal Your Personal PIN," computer scientists from the Stevens Institute of Technology and Binghamton University used a computer algorithm that can guess your password and PIN with about 80% success rate on the first attempt, and
Russian ATM Hackers Steal $4 Million in Cash with 'Reverse ATM Hack' Technique

Russian ATM Hackers Steal $4 Million in Cash with 'Reverse ATM Hack' Technique

November 25, 2015Mohit Kumar
Russian hackers have discovered a novel technique to rip off Millions of dollars from banks and ATMs. Criminals in Russia used a technique, called “ Reverse ATM Attack ,” and stole 252 Million Rubles ( US$3.8 Million ) from at least five different banks, according to the information obtained by Russian digital intelligence firm Group-IB . What is Reverse ATM Attack? According to the intelligence firm, an attacker would deposit sums of 5,000, 10,000 and 30,000 Rubles into legitimate bank accounts using ATMs, and immediately withdraw the same amounts right away with a printed receipt of the payment transaction. The details included in the receipt, containing a payment reference number and the amount withdrawn, would then be transferred to a partner hacker, who had remote access to the infected POS terminals, usually located outside of Russia. Also Read: German Bank ATMs vulnerable to Hackers The partner hacker would then use these details to perform a reversal
Report: German Bank ATMs vulnerable to Hackers

Report: German Bank ATMs vulnerable to Hackers

November 02, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Avoiding Credit Card Fraud is simply easy as long as you use cash. But, what if you even get hacked while withdrawing cash from an ATM? If you are living in Germany or traveling there, then think twice before using your payment cards in the ATMs. Here’s why: A Security researcher in Germany has managed to hack ATM and self-service terminal from Sparkasse Bank that allowed him to reveal the sensitive details from the payment card inserted into the machine. Benjamin Kunz-Mejri , CEO of Germany-based security firm Vulnerability Lab , discovered a vulnerability while using a Sparkasse terminal that suddenly ejected his card, and changed status to " temporarily not available. " Meanwhile, the machine automatically started performing software update process in the background. However, Benjamin used a special keyboard combination to trick the ATM into another mode. Benjamin’s trick forced ATM system to put update process console (cmd) in the foreground
Beware of Skimming Devices Installed on the ATM Vestibule Doors

Beware of Skimming Devices Installed on the ATM Vestibule Doors

March 19, 2015Wang Wei
Despite anti-skimmer ATM Lobby access control system available in the market, we have seen a number of incidents in recent years where criminals used card skimmers at ATM doors. Few years back, cyber criminals started using card skimmers on the door of the ATM vestibule , where customers have to slide their credit or debit cards to gain access to the ATM. The typical ATM Skimming devices are used by fraudsters capture both magnetic stripe data contained on the back of a debit or credit card as well as the PIN number that is entered by the customer when using the ATM. In recent case discussed by Brian, cyber criminal installed the card skimming device on the ATM Lobby Card Access Control and a pinhole hidden camera pointed at the ATM's keyboard. Basically, it's an ATM skimmer that requires no modification to the ATM. The card skimmer hidden on the ATM door records the debit and credit card information , and the pinhole camera records the PIN number the
Tyupkin Malware Hacking ATM Machines Worldwide

Tyupkin Malware Hacking ATM Machines Worldwide

October 08, 2014Mohit Kumar
Money is always a perfect motivation for cyber criminals who tries different tricks to solely target users with card skimmers that steal debit card numbers, but now the criminals are using specialized malware that targets ATM (Automated Teller Machine) systems to withdraw cash even without the need of a card. The new backdoor program, dubbed as “ Tyupkin ,” requires physical access to the ATM system running 32-bit Windows platforms and booting it off of a CD in order to install the malware. According to the researchers, the threat has continued to evolve in recent months, infecting ATMs in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. There are no details relating to the criminal gang behind the attacks, but they have already stolen "millions of dollars" from ATMs worldwide using the sophisticated malware, security firms Kaspersky and Interpol, who are working together in an attempt to foil the criminal gang, said in a joint statement released on Tuesday. " Over t
Ninth Grade Students Hack into ATM Machine during School Lunch Break

Ninth Grade Students Hack into ATM Machine during School Lunch Break

June 12, 2014Swati Khandelwal
When I was in school, I used to play outdoor games like basketball and badminton. When I was in college, I started taking more interest in playing computer games rather going out. But nowadays, children have completely changed their hobbies to programming, hacking, bug bounties in such a ways that just in half an hour of lunch break between classes they hacked ATM machine . A pair of ninth grade students, Caleb Turon and Matthew Hewlett , both 14 year old broke into a Bank of Montreal ATM during their lunch hours between classes by following an old ATM operators manual found online. The duo used the online manual to access the operator mode of the ATM machine in Winnipeg. They didn’t use the accessed data to steal any amount from the ATM, rather they simply broke into the ATM machine and printed off information including users’ transaction data, surcharge profits and the total cash held in the unit. HOW THEY HACKED INTO ATM MACHINE? Turon and Hewlett were not expectin
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