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ATM Fraud & Security Digest - August 2011 E-mail
Written by Douglas Russell   
Monday, 12 September 2011 15:20

Card Trapping / Cash Trapping / Stuck Key Fraud / Leaving Transaction Live

In India, match sticks were used to prevent consumers completing transactions which were subsequently performed by the perpetrator. Card trapping and Cash trapping were widely detected in Europe during August.

Transaction Reversal Fraud / Data Compromise / Denomination Fraud

A US provider of pre-paid cards was compromised to the extent that the withdrawal limits on the cards were modified. Fraud spend was reported in various countries, including Greece, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. Transaction Reversal Fraud was reported in Europe during August. Victims in Saudi Arabia received less money than they were debited for following denomination fraud perpetrated by an insider.

ATM Skimming / Skimming / EFTPOS Compromise

ATM skimming arrests in the US included suspected members of an Armenian crime gang. A Romanian suspect received a reduced prison sentence followed by deportation from the US after cooperating with authorities.  A wire tap (bug) and modified terminal were discovered in an Australian bank which were reportedly able to compromise card and PIN data. Also in Australia, a Malaysian suspect linked to ATM skimming and EFTPOS compromise was arrested. Various ATM skimming devices were recovered in Europe during August.

Ram Raid Attacks / Theft of ATM / Smash-and-Grab

The theft of an ATM in Indonesia led to arrests. Police followed a vehicle that had failed to stop and subsequently observed the suspects removing an ATM from their vehicle. Police in India recovered a large quantity of cash and other evidence following the theft of an ATM. A suspect linked to a number of ATM attacks on both sides of the Irish border was extradited to Belgium in relation to similar offences. US incidents included various ram raid attacks. One incident, which was initially reported as a vehicle accident turned into an ATM theft investigation. Ink-stained bank notes linked to the theft of an ATM in Canada were discovered in note-to-coin cashing machines in August. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) arrested five suspects linked to a failed theft of an ATM.

Safe Cutting / Safe Breaking / Theft from ATM

In Colombia, armed robbers overpowered the owner of a building adjacent to a bank, cut through the wall to the bank and breached the ATMs security enclosure. In the US a portable grinder was used to attack at least two ATMs.

Explosive Attacks

Police in Australia recovered an oxy-acetylene (explosive gas) tank following an explosion at an ATM. ATM bombings continued in South Africa throughout August and again resulted in the deaths of police officers.

Solution in Focus

ATM malware, once a theoretical threat, has now been detected in various countries. The checker ATM Security software solution from GMV helps to both protect the ATM from running malware such as viruses, Trojan horses and worms and helps achieve compliance with PCI. Each ATM protected by checker ATM Security has an Access Control List (ACL) giving an exhaustive definition of the processes, system resources (files and libraries) and permitted communications. Any other element not appearing on this list would be automatically blocked. More information about checker ATM Security is available on the GMV web site

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