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Jackpot ATM hack gives massive payouts

The US Secret Service is warning of an ATM attack that lets perpetrators withdraw large sums of money. According to Krebs on Security[1], the attack – called a jackpot hack – forces an ATM to dish out large sums of cash. Diebold’s front-loading Opteva ATMs are the primary target, and attackers often dress as technicians to conduct the attacks, stated the report.

The attack uses a laptop with a mirror image of the ATM’s operating system, along with a malware program. The mirrored OS is paired with the ATM after a “reset” button inside the machine is found and pressed. A keyboard is then attached to the ATM and its funds are withdrawn.

The Secret Service warned that ATMs still using Windows XP were easy targets.

Now read: Malwarebytes update spikes memory usage[2]

References

  1. ^ Krebs on Security (krebsonsecurity.com)
  2. ^ Malwarebytes update spikes memory usage (mybroadband.co.za)

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