Malware Attack Against ATM Machines

Recently, a Bank of America IT employee was charged with installing malware on one of their ATM machines in North Carolina. The malicious software allowed him to withdrawn thousands of dollars. But this is not the first time malware attacks against ATMs have been reported. According to a Wired.com article:

The charges were filed the same day that credit card company Visa warned the banking industry that Eastern European ATM malware recently showed up in America for the first time.

That code, initially spotted last year on some 20 ATMs in Russia and Ukraine, was designed primarily to capture PINs and bank card magstripe data, but also allowed thieves to instruct the machine to eject whatever cash was still in it. At the time, security firm Trustwave warned that the malware was likely headed for ATMs in the United States.

The code used in the North Carolina apparently was not the same used in the European attacks. See the wired.com article for more information.

~ by D. Dieterle on April 9, 2010.

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