USB drives now being used to steal money from ATMs

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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A team of anonymous hackers at the Chaos Communication Congress have demonstrated a new method that hackers are using to steal money from ATMs. As shown in the presentation, thieves are now physically cutting into ATMs to plug in USB...

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m4a4

TS Evangelist
Those machines are old enough now. It is not all that surprising that someone hacked into old tech...
 

misor

TS Evangelist
The thieves punched a hole in the atm, connected a usb device, withdraw as much money as they can, plugged the hole for future re-use.
WOW.

"Whenever the criminal types in a 12-digit code, a custom interface is launched that shows how much cash is in the machine, sorted by denomination. Naturally, they also have the option to dispense money at will."

in the Philippines, the robbers would wait until the owners withdrew money from ATMs or alternatively, rob the owners and make them divulge the PINs.
fortunately, most banks would only allow a maximum withdrawal of 20000 pesos per day (~455$ at 1$ to 44 pesos) when withdrawing from an ATM machine.
 

veLa

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As long as it isn't money from people's bank accounts I completely support these guys.
 

ET3D

TechSpot Paladin
Hardly, the corporate banking system has been abusing people for years. It's about time they got a taste of their own medicine.
And you really think that if banks get hurt that won't affect their customers?
 
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And you really think that if banks get hurt that won't affect their customers?
Cash loses aren't hurting banks, Banks are allowed to replace stolen denomination at no cost. What incommode banks is when safes are emptied or employees gunned down, looks bad.
 

tipstir

TS Ambassador
Need to go back to the locked in ATM. You would use ATM card to gain access to the room. Then with all video cams recording you. Make your transaction. These open ATM box just makes it to easy for them to get into.
 

dennis777

TS Enthusiast
I think the last one I saw was on tv when a group of people force open the ATM machine and the guard cant do anything about it.

The thieves punched a hole in the atm, connected a usb device, withdraw as much money as they can, plugged the hole for future re-use.
WOW.

"Whenever the criminal types in a 12-digit code, a custom interface is launched that shows how much cash is in the machine, sorted by denomination. Naturally, they also have the option to dispense money at will."

in the Philippines, the robbers would wait until the owners withdrew money from ATMs or alternatively, rob the owners and make them divulge the PINs.
fortunately, most banks would only allow a maximum withdrawal of 20000 pesos per day (~455$ at 1$ to 44 pesos) when withdrawing from an ATM machine.
 
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Guest

"No sense in risking getting caught for $1 bills, right?"

ATM in the euro currency zone are packed with euros only. The lowest euro denomination on paper is the 5 euro banknote. ATMs most comminly use 10 euro and 20 euro notes though.

To be honest I have never seen an ATM in Europe dispense US dollars, but then again I haven't been everywhere.
 

jester376

TS Booster
The thieves punched a hole in the atm, connected a usb device, withdraw as much money as they can, plugged the hole for future re-use.
WOW.

"Whenever the criminal types in a 12-digit code, a custom interface is launched that shows how much cash is in the machine, sorted by denomination. Naturally, they also have the option to dispense money at will."

in the Philippines, the robbers would wait until the owners withdrew money from ATMs or alternatively, rob the owners and make them divulge the PINs.
fortunately, most banks would only allow a maximum withdrawal of 20000 pesos per day (~455$ at 1$ to 44 pesos) when withdrawing from an ATM machine.
They werent refering to a pin number for bank accounts. The pin number in this case is a pin number the hacking software requires to proceed with the hack. The mastermind behind the software did it deliberately to keep the group from going rogue with the software.
 

misor

TS Evangelist
They werent refering to a pin number for bank accounts. The pin number in this case is a pin number the hacking software requires to proceed with the hack. The mastermind behind the software did it deliberately to keep the group from going rogue with the software.
you misread my reply.

as I said, robbers from the Philippines would rob ATM card holders, make them divulge the ATM card PINs and afterwards, the robbers would withdraw the money from the ATM machine. (as opposed to the robbers in the article who "punched" a hole in the ATM machine, used a usb device, and made the withdrawals)

nowhere did I say anything about PINs for bank accounts nor imply anything about it