First ‘Jackpotting’ Attacks Hit U.S. ATMs

ATM “jackpotting” attacks, also known as “logical attacks”, which have long been an issue for banks in Europe and Asia, are now being seen targeting ATMs in the United States.  The goal of these attacks is to force the machine to dispense large volumes of cash on demand.  To carry out the attack, crooks must gain physical access to the ATM to use specialized electronics and / or malware to control the operations of the ATM.  Banks should consider all points where ATMs could be vulnerable to physical attack, such as USB and network ports, and appropriate safeguards should be implemented.  All ATMs should also run supported operating systems.  

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