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Two Suspects Charged over ATM Jackpotting


Two men will face trial for alleged involvement in one recent "jackpotting" case wherein a number of ATM machines were compromised within Rhode Island and Connecticut.


Spanish citizen and 31-yr-old Alex Alberto Fajin-Diaz along with Springfield, Massachusetts-based and 21-yr-old Argenys Rodriguez was arrested 27th January at the time they were close by one compromised automatic teller machine with the equipments required for hacking it so that the ATM could be made to spit cash. In case proved guilty, both the accused might have to serve jail for a maximum of thirty years.


ATM "jackpotting" as the hacking technique is called, of late, spread to USA following the problem affecting Europe and Asia over many years. 'Krebs on Security' the well known security blog was the foremost to report during Jan. about the United States Security Service informing banks of hackers deploying software and hardware onto American ATMs which made the machines work like mechanized jackpot slots.


Whilst other countries have been experiencing jackpotting attacks, these have just arrived within USA. U.S Secret Service recently alerted ATM operators, cautioning of crooks utilizing Ploutus.D malware to attack standalone ATMs. Bankinfosecurity.com posted this, February 6, 2018.


While saying he wasn't involved in any malware attack, Rodriguez told cops that the automatic teller machine was giving out notes so they collected them to carry in their car. In spite of the arrests, according to American prosecutors, there are plenty of other groups stealing this kind of cash while roaming about freely.


According to U.S. Secret Service, starting December, reports have been coming in about ATM jackpotting assaults taking place within regions of New York, Washington and Miami. In February, an agent of the Secret Service in an interview to Reuters said one coordinated team of assaulters, possibly linked with global organized crime gangs, was responsible for stealing over $1m through jackpotting assaults targeted at ATMs across USA.


Although the agency's memo stated that most of the assaults had aimed at stand-alone ATMs installed at drive-through ATMs, big-box retailers and pharmacies which operated with obsolete software, there had as well occurred successful assaults against ATMs operating up-to-date software.

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