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ATM makers warn of 'jackpotting' hacks on US machines

ATM makers warn of 'jackpotting' hacks on US machines

The Secret Service notice, according to Krebs, said hackers have targeted stand-alone ATMS "routinely located in pharmacies, big box retailers, and drive-thru ATMs".

The companies have not identified any victim so far or have not disclosed the cash lost as most of the times police tend to keep the data confidential.

An anonymous source told Krebs on Security that the Secret Service has warned of a series of such attacks over the past week and a half, and has noted evidence of plans for future attacks across the US.

Diebold's front-loading Opteva ATMs are the primary target, and attackers often dress as technicians to conduct the attacks, stated the report.

Diebold Nixdorf said United States authorities had warned it that hackers were targeting one of its ATM models called Opteva, which went out of production several years ago. Once the machine is infected, the hackers can control the operations of the ATM, including the ability for them to make the machine spit out cash, hence the name "Jackpotting", as in winning a jackpot Las Vegas casino-style.

The US Secret Service is warning of an ATM attack that lets perpetrators withdraw large sums of money.

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NCR said that the cases were the first confirmed jackpotting losses in the US. NCR said its equipment had not been targeted in the recent attack, but it was still a concern for the entire ATM industry.

'This should be treated by all ATM deployers as a call to action to take appropriate steps to protect their ATMs against these forms of attack, ' the company said.

It is still unclear who are behind the recent spate of attacks in the USA or the type of malware possibly used in these cases.

Reuters was unable to obtain a copy of the Secret Service report and an agency representative declined comment.

In 2016, a hacker group named Cobalt targeted a number of countries in Europe using similar attacks along with ATMs in Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia and others, according to Russian cybersecurity firm Group IB.

"This type of attack does not require development of expensive advanced software - a significant amount of the tools used are widely available on the deep web".


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