The US Secret Services has detect a hack that lets criminals empty ATMs in a matter of minutes
Under the name of Jackpotting hides a new form of piracy in ATMs that is spreading in the US.
The news was given by Reuters this weekend. Several of the main ATM manufacturers in the United States issued alerts about a practice that hacked their systems, but without affecting any particular client.
Apparently, the attacks were detected for the first time through the security blog Krebs on Security , which noted that the method began in Europe and Asia, eventually moving to the United States. Jackpotting is not a simple method to carry out, but for those who manage to enter the systems the reward can be very large.
This requires that hackers gain access to the internal device of each ATM, when they deploy ” malware or specialized electronic systems to control the operations of the ATM”, the security blog has also gotten a confidential Secret Service memo that says the following:
ATMs located in pharmacies, large retail outlets and self-service ATMs, are usually the first target. During the previous attacks, the scammers dressed as ATM technicians and connected a laptop to the ATM operating system along with a mobile device to the target ATM.
According to this Secret Service warning, attackers generally use an endoscope to locate an internal component of the ATM where they can connect the laptop and run malware.
Then they get in touch with other attackers who execute the orders so that the machine begins to dispense cash, sometimes ” at a rate of 40 bills every 23 seconds, ” the reports say.