Hacker Turns ATM Machines into Magical Money Tree

Black-Hat-ConferenceWhen I was a kid, I used to wish that everyone had a magical money spewing tree. In the mind of a dreamy little kid that would have been the perfect solution to poverty. Even better, kids could then be kids, instead of having to understand why diamond is hard and graphite is soft. On Wednesday, Barnaby Jack, a security researcher, demonstrated how anyone could get their own magical money spewing machine. And frankly, it’s downright scary.

In a session titled “Jackpotting Automated Teller Machines Redux”, Jack demonstrated to attendees at the Black Hat security conference, how easy it is to hack modern day ATM machines to make them do your bidding. Although ATM Machines are secure physically, their digital underbelly has simply not managed to keep up with the times. Most of them are powered by ancient software that have primitive security measures.

In one instance, Jack simply used a master key available online, while on the other instance he remotely hacked into the system. Although, his demonstration was focused on machines manufactured by Triton and Tranax, Jack believes that he can manipulate practically any ATM installation.

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Pallab De

Pallab De is a blogger from India who has a soft spot for anything techie. He loves trying out new software and spends most of his day breaking and fixing his PC. Pallab loves participating in the social web; he has been active in technology forums since he was a teenager and is an active user of both twitter (@indyan) and facebook .

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    When Jack has this kind of power, he must already get paid quite well at his daytime job. It also makes you wonder how many people are currently taking advantage of this weak ATM security.