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'Jackpotting' scheme at ATMs now happening in US

30 January 2018, 01:14 | Vera Richards

World's largest ATM makers reveal hackers are targeting US machines and forcing them to spit out cash in scheme known as 'jackpotting'

Cyberattackers target US ATM machines

Fraudsters pose as ATM technicians, even wearing uniforms and access the teller machine.

Over the past few years, jackpotting has been a rising threat across the globe, particularly in Europe and Asia.

The attack uses a laptop with a mirror image of the ATM's operating system, along with a malware program.

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ATM manufacturers are warning about "jackpotting", in which hackers are breaking into machines and installing malicious software and hardware to make them spit out cash.

"That's where you get the term jackpotting from because it is basically like a slot machine that you hit the jackpot - you are basically taking all of the money out of the ATM", supervisory special agent Matt O'Neill told ABC News. A company spokesman declined further comment, but offered a copy of the alert, which noted that the attacks were first reported in Mexico and target one of its out-of-production models.

According to a January 26 customer advisory from NCR, the company had received reports from the Secret Service and other sources about these types of attacks against US-based ATMs. The compromised ATMs can dispense up to 40 bills every 23 seconds- tens of thousands of dollars from a single ATM.

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NCR said in a Friday alert that the cases were the first confirmed "jackpotting" losses in the USA and added that its equipment had not been targeted in the recent attacks. "This represents the first confirmed cases of losses due to logical attacks in the US".

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

They open it using a generic key that the Secret Service says is readily available for purchase on the internet. "This should be treated by all ATM deployers as a call to action", NCR warns.

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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.



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