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USA too now Encountering ‘Jackpotting’ Hacks of their ATMs


A method of hacking into ATMs (automatic teller machine) earlier observed within Mexico, Europe and Asia is now being deployed in USA, such that the Secret Service has cautioned various institutions of finance for being watchful.


Brian Krebs after obtaining Secret Service's memo on January 27 describes thoroughly the "jackpotting" technique of compromising ATMs wherein hackers are right in front of the machine which they contaminate with certain malicious program called Ploutus.D. Upon infecting the machine, hackers take over its operations, especially making it give out cash which thus generates the term "jackpotting" like during a win of jackpot at a Las Vegas casino.


On January 26, NCR alerted that it happened to be the foremost instances of confirmed "jackpotting" thefts within USA. It stated that its equipments hadn't come under the recent assaults; however, the whole system of ATM continued to be a matter of concern. Scmp.com posted this, January 28, 2018.


NCR's alert mentioned that all installers of ATM should treat the thefts like a reminder for adopting suitable measures towards safeguarding their ATMs vis-à-vis the kind of assaults. Within another alert dated January 26, Diebold Nixdorf stated that United States officials had cautioned the firm about hacking attacks aiming at one particular ATM model among the several it maintained. The model called Opteva wasn't any longer being produced since years now.


One confidential memo by Secret Service distributed among banks and which Brian Krebs, a journalist by profession, obtained stated that hackers occasionally put on the dress of ATM technicians in attempts to gain physical reach of the poorly protected machines.


The memo further stated that in earlier assaults, imposters in ATM technicians' dress appended one laptop having the automatic teller machine OS' mirror image together with one mobile phone onto the target machine.


The problem certainly is of ATM operators failing in diligence alternatively finding it real difficult to give good reason for operating systems' updates. There aren't also very many chances that organizations would maintain their ATMs updated or even have them substituted with models that are better secured else add advanced defenses to the existing machines.

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