[Video] Watch How This ATM Was Hacked To Dispense Free Money


Despite warnings from Microsoft that Windows XP is no longer supported and security updates are no longer pushed to it, many ATM boxes, virtually everywhere, still run on Windows XP.

A security researcher has shown in a video how a hacker can punch an ATM, hook up a cable, and infect the ATM machine with malware to get free money.

Recently, there have been many reports and issues of ATM machines being invaded. Banks have been taking care of each of the schemes but in fact, most ATM boxes continue to work with the outdated Windows XP system, making them highly vulnerable to attack.

In this demonstration by Positive Technologies, all the hacker needs to do is to drill a small hole in the machine with an inch drill, remove a USB cable and physically infect the ATM machine with malware.

Though it's not the most delicate of the attacks, it is practical, according to Leigh-Anne Galloway, a security expert at Positive Technologies.

After a few minutes, with the hack already perpetrated, the machine makes that familiar sound of an electronic box counting the money to be delivered to the client. Later after few seconds, the machine “spit” an amount of £20.

Of course nowadays, and with access to the machine that has several other valences, the malware can be used to collect credit and debit card information as well, and can spread throughout an ATM network, Galloway said.

Always look for an ATM machine that has a surveillance camera and preferably within the banking institutions, at the airport or near the hotel where you will be staying.

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