Cyber Thieves Used USB Sticks to Infect ATMs, Withdraw Large Amounts of Cash

Cyber thieves cut and drilled their way into European cash machines in order to infect them with malware this year, security researchers say.

Criminals cut holes into the machines to plug in USB drives that installed their code onto the ATMs, then patched the holes up to hide the evidence of the hack, the BBC reported Monday.

The thieves would return to the cash machine at a time of their choosing and type in a 12-digit code that launched a special interface and allowed them to withdraw cash from the infected machine.

The hacked interface displayed the amount of money available in each denomination of bill, allowing the attackers to focus on the highest value banknotes to minimize the amount of time they were exposed.

via Thieves used USB sticks to infect ATMs, withdraw large amounts of cash.

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