In need of extra cash? Who isn't, right? If you're a smart hacker, you
may be able to make a small fortune by simply tricking an ATM or two
into spitting out money for you. We know that sounds crazy, and it
certainly is, but it's true nonetheless. At the annual Black Hat
conference -- where hackers and security experts gather to make public
certain loopholes in order to encourage companies to fix them -- Barnaby
Jack was able to demonstrate how he could trick an ATM into spitting
out all of its cash, and more.
spent two full years perfecting the ruse, which applied to
the ATMs found often in front of convenience stores. The goal was to
find a way to take control of the ATM by "exploiting weaknesses in the
computers that run the machines," but unlike malicious hackers, his goal
was to make this information public so that companies making them would
take notice and close up these holes for thieves to exploit.
His demonstration was one of the most widely viewed at the show, mostly
because it affects a wide variety of ATMs and has the potential to
really cause a lot of havoc. This is definitely an easy way to snatch
cash -- far easier than robbing a bank -- and if this information fell
into the wrong hands, it could really spell trouble. He was supposed to
showcase this last year, but out of a fear that ATM makers couldn't
close the loopholes in time, he delayed it until this year and spent the
last 12 months finding even more holes.
He noticed that "the physical keys that came with his machines were the
same for all ATMs
of that type made by that manufacturer," so there's an easy way to get
inside right there. Once you're in, he used the key to "unlock a
compartment in the ATM that had standard USB slots. He inserted
a program he had written into one of them, commanding the ATM to dump
its vaults. — He hacked into the machines by exploiting weaknesses in
the way ATM makers communicate with the machines over the Internet."
Follow the link below for the full report; it's definitely an