Thursday, June 25, 2015

Easy Access Fuels ATM Attacks - ATM 'Eavesdropping' Alert Highlights New Risks

Global ATM manufacturer NCR Corp. issued an alert this week about card reader eavesdropping attacks, which were first identified in Europe last year and are now spreading, potentially posing a risk in the U.S.

These attacks involve accessing or opening the top of an ATM's enclosure, where the card reader is housed, and attaching a so-called wiretapping or eavesdropping device to the reader. The attackers' device captures card data as it is transmitted from the card reader to the ATM.

Earlier attacks, which were targeting through-the-wall ATMs typically installed right outside a bank branch, involved drilling a hole or cutting into the ATM's enclosure to insert and attach the device to the card reader.

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