Se­cret Ser­vice warns fi­nan­cial com­pa­nies of ATM cy­ber­at­tacks

Ripon Bulletin - - Local / State -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Se­cret Ser­vice is warn­ing fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions about a type of cy­ber­at­tack known as jack­pot­ting.

Se­cret Ser­vice of­fi­cials say the crime in­volves in­stalling ma­li­cious soft­ware or hard­ware at ATMs that force the ma­chines to re­lease large quan­ti­ties of cash on de­mand.

They say crim­i­nals have been able to find vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties in fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions that op­er­ate ATMs, typ­i­cally stand-alone ma­chines lo­cated in phar­ma­cies, big-box re­tail­ers and driv­ethrus.

The Se­cret Ser­vice says the crim­i­nals range from in­di­vid­ual ac­tors to in­ter­na­tional or­ga­nized crime syn­di­cates.

The Se­cret Ser­vice says au­thor­i­ties have re­cently ob­tained cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion about planned jack­pot­ting at­tacks in the U.S. and have alerted law en­force­ment and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions.

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