• Thieves now use “Shimmers” to grab Chip/PIN card data

    Thieves now use “Shimmers” to grab Chip/PIN card data

    Just when you thought it was safe to slip your card in a slot ATM skimmers have gotten just a bit smarter. New devices called Shimmers can now read your card number and, in certain instances, access your card’s chip. While the technique isn’t new – Shimmers began appearing in 2015 – they are still a huge security hole and far more dangerous than standard… Read More

  • ATM skimmer caught in the wild by a real security engineer

    ATM skimmer caught in the wild by a real security engineer

    Whoda thunk it? Tourist/cybersecurity expert Benjamin Tedesco was hanging out in Vienna when he walked up to an ATM. Because he trusts no one he decided to give the reader a little tug and came away with a working skimmer designed to look exactly like the card slot on the original machine. “It pays to be paranoid,” he said — and he’s right. Tedesco pulled off the… Read More

  • New ATM “Shimmer” Fits Invisibly Inside The Card Slot

    New ATM “Shimmer” Fits Invisibly Inside The Card Slot

    The wily ATM hackers are at it again with a new form of card data gathering system, a “shimmer.” These super-thin card readers slide right into the card slot and are technically invisible unless you go poking around inside the ATM. This shimmer was found in Mexico and it is unclear if it was connected to a PIN pad camera or other hardware. What’s special about this unit is… Read More

  • A Journey To Intelligent Design Crunch Network

    A Journey To Intelligent Design

    If you’re looking for zeitgeist Biblical metaphors for the tech sector, you can’t do much better than the Tower of Babel. Human civilization a hundred years after the Flood; monolingual and gathered in a city called Babel. They become possessed with the mission of building a tower to the heavens. Which they begin… Read More

  • Robocoin, The Bitcoin ATM, Adds A Way To Send Cash Overseas

    Robocoin, The Bitcoin ATM, Adds A Way To Send Cash Overseas

    Remittances – sending cash overseas – has always been bitcoin‘s killer app. Now the guys at Robocoin have made it more killer. Their new product, called Romit, is basically a way to send cash through a Robocoin ATM to another ATM or merchant account at fees far lower than other remittance providers. Robocoin runs 20 ATMs around the world including systems in Hong Kong… Read More

  • Skimmers Are Now Grabbing Your Credit Card Data At The Door

    Skimmers Are Now Grabbing Your Credit Card Data At The Door

    Just when you thought you were safe, the card skimmers are at it again. This time they’re placing their card readers inside the door locks that require you to dip your card before you can enter an ATM vestibule. According to Brian Krebs, the scammers hide the readers inside the comparatively unnoticed locks and then add a small hidden camera around the ATM. They grab your card data via… Read More

  • You Get A Bitcoin ATM, And YOU Get A Bitcoin ATM…

    You Get A Bitcoin ATM, And YOU Get A Bitcoin ATM…

    As news that 400 Bitcoin ATMs may soon be gracing the byways and highways of Dubai, it’s interesting to note the rise in actual cryptoATM activity in recent months and what exactly is happening in this space. Read More

  • Financial Firms Looking To Linux, Windows 7 As XP Support Dries Up

    Financial Firms Looking To Linux, Windows 7 As XP Support Dries Up

    In an unsurprising move, ATM operators and other financial organizations are beginning to look to Linux as a replacement for their outdated Windows XP installations. That these organizations are deciding to move from XP only now is a testament to the staying power of the OS and a certain conservatism in financial circles. Read More

  • Up Close With A 3D-Printed Card Skimmer

    Up Close With A 3D-Printed Card Skimmer

    I’ve recently fallen into the habit of pulling and tugging at ATM slots before I slide my card through because I fear that someone nefarious has stuck one of these 3D-printed card skimmers over the opening. This skimmer, found in California, was 3D-printed to resemble the real Chase ATM slot almost perfectly. Wildly enough, there’s a pinhole camera connected to a full PCB hidden… Read More

  • What ATM Skimmers Look Like

    KrebsOnSecurity has a fascinating look at ATM skimmers. After approaching a Russian skimmer “salesperson,” Brian Krebs asked about the latest and greatest in skimmer technology. His recommendation? A GSM-based SMS transfer system that blows out the contents of your card’s magnetic stripe whenever you swipe it. Because it’s inexpensive to build and install, you can… Read More

  • Report: ATM Skimmer Attacks On The Rise

    There’s nothing particularly “new” about the use of ATM skimmers, but a recent report from the European ATM Security Team (EAST) has reminded us all of the dangers. What evildoers do is construct a skimmer out of common materials, including a magnetic reader and somewhere to store the resulting data. Back in the day you’d use a tape recorder, but nowadays you can affix… Read More

  • Lego robot authenticators to seize control of ATMs worldwide

    Some researcher types thought it would be a good idea to beef up ATM security, and they apparently also thought that big rainbow-colored buttons and a secret trackball signal were the most usable solution. It’s kind of 50’s future-chic, like a navigation system for a poorly designed UFO. Plus it’s legos on the inside. They say it works and that it’s more secure than a… Read More

  • The ATM Turns 40 Today

    Today, we must pay homage to a device we take for granted on a daily basis. The Automatic Teller Machine turns 40 years old today and did you know that it started out across the pond before making its way to the US? Creator Shepherd Barron got the idea while sitting in a bathtub, idly pondering how he could get his own cash anywhere in the world or UK. He got the idea of the ATM from a… Read More

  • Using Google to Take Over ATMs Is Easier Than It Sounds

    We’d never advocate going out and stealing money from ATMs (edit: But I don’t have a problem with it. – Blake), but we would warn ATM manufacturers that, armed with Google and a little patience and ingenuity, it’s fairly easy to do, especially if the machine is the fairly common Tanax Mini-Bank 1500. You might recall the story of the man last week in Virginia Beach, VA… Read More