FBI Warning: Global ATM Machines Will Be Attacked By Large-scale Hackers

- Oct 12, 2018-

According to the British "Daily Mail" reported on August 13, hackers can use malware to control ATMs through the "first prize" program, which can steal millions of dollars from within a few days. Small banks have a low safety factor and are said to be the most vulnerable.


US intelligence agencies warned banks that the global ATM machine will face serious hacker threats in the next few days. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a confidential alert on the 10th to warn cybercriminals that they are planning to implement a global "debt conspiracy" to use malware to control ATMs and steal millions of dollars. Among them, the small banking security system is not so complicated and is considered to be the most vulnerable to "top prize" technology attacks.


The FBI warned: "The FBI has received unclear reports that cybercriminals plan to implement global ATM withdrawals in the next few days, which may be related to unknown card issuer violations."


Krebs On Security, a well-known security website, reports that criminals can make "fraudulent copies" of bank cards by installing data on reusable magnetic stripe cards.


Hacking attacks can affect banks around the world, including Barclays Bank and HSBC, which have huge overseas interest rates. These banks are considered to be aware of the dangers of “top prize” technology. According to reports, earlier this year, a hacker gang stole more than $1 million by attacking US ATMs. From the Gulf Coast to New England, there have been many thefts in the United States, in which hackers attacked ATMs and quickly spit out large amounts of cash. Officials said in January that the series of attacks was the first large-scale jackpot event in the United States.

In January, the bank received a reminder from the US Secret Service that ATMs running Windows XP were more vulnerable and encouraged ATM operators to update their systems to Windows 7 to prevent attacks.


Before hackers stole bank card numbers and online banking vouchers, they are now turning their attention to a more profitable banking network. Not only do they have access to ATM machines, they also have access to electronic payment networks. Cybercriminals attacked ATMs remotely in more than a dozen countries in Europe in 2016.