Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Malicious ATM Catches Hackers


LAS VEGAS — There’s no honor among thieves, nor apparently among hackers.

A malicious ATM kiosk was positioned in the conference center of the Riviera Hotel Casino capturing data from an unknown number of hackers attending the DefCon hacker conference before someone noticed something suspicious about the kiosk.

An organizer for the conference said security authorities seized the device. It’s not known how long the ATM was in the hotel or whether it was placed there by a DefCon attendee to catch his fellow hackers or simply by an outside criminal group trying to target conference attendees. Witnesses say the kiosk was well-placed to avoid surveillance cameras.


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