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Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week


It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

Android randomness, Sniffer dustbins, Unpatch Wednesday, ATM skimming - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


How does a bug in Android put your Bitcoins at risk? Why did the City of London bin its bins? What was Unpatch Wednesday? What to do with a 3D printer after you've made your own gun?

Find out in 60 seconds!

Aussie ATM criminals embrace 3D printers for cashpoint crimes


As you can probably imagine, it didn't take long for controversial uses to emerge for 3D printers, and one of the most newsworthy was the idea of "printing" parts for firearms.

Now, crooks in Sydney are printing their own ATM skimming devices...

The day I caught an ATM card catcher

The day i caught an ATM card catcher

Ever found a card catcher in your local cash machine? A few years ago I did.

They’re surprisingly easy to dismantle - but in my case, a little more thought should have been applied to the possible consequences.

Naked Security discusses cybercrime on BBC Radio 5 Live's "Outriders" show...


Ever wondered how cybercriminals turn electronic trickery into cold, hard cash? What sort of person gets drawn into this sort of crime? Who bears the cost? And how do the cops arrest the perpetrators when they might be dozens of network hops away?

"Casher crew" from global $45m cyberheist busted in New York - 1 dead, 7 face trial

When you think of cybercrime, you probably imagine a hacker sitting far from his victims, breaking in digitally from a distance.

But when it comes to cashing out the proceeds of your crime, it's a question of "Go where the money is...and go there often."

UK cybercriminal convicted over 9000 skimmed ATM cards

UK cybercriminal convicted over 9000 skimmed ATM cards

Avon and Somerset Police just secured a conviction against a UK-based cybercriminal busted with data from 9000 skimmed ATM cards.

If you've ever wondered whether skimming makes much money for the crooks, that detail alone should settle the matter...

"Grab hold and give it a wiggle" - security advice for Black Friday and December


Much of the world is about to enter its busiest retail period. With any retail surge you can expect a corresponding surge in cybercriminality.

So the latest warning from our friends at the Queensland Police Service in Australia is well-timed: watch that cash machine!

A picked pocket in Mallorca reveals chink in chip-and-PIN security

A picked pocket in Mallorca reveals widespread hole in chip-and-PIN security

Researchers at Cambridge University are warning that a issue common to ATMs and point-of-sale terminals could enable attackers to clone secure EMV Chip and PIN cards.

Woman gets 2.5 years in prison for managing ATM-sucking gang of fraudsters

Woman gets 2.5 years in prison for managing ATM-sucking gang of fraudsters

Over $9 million was stolen from cash machines in 280 cities around the world in less than 12 hours, using a mixture of a gang of low-level operatives and high-tech hacking.

Do you know enough about ATM skimming? Learn more from Fiscal the Fraud Fighting Ferret!

Do you know enough about ATM skimming? Learn more from Fiscal the Fraud Fighting Ferret!

Here's an explanation of why and how to be on your guard when you're getting cash from an ATM.

It doesn't assume you're a computer expert, it doesn't talk down to you, it's easy to follow, and it's narrated by Fiscal, the Fraud Fighting Ferret!

Stealing ATM PINs with thermal cameras


Researchers at the USENIX Security Symposium last week presented their paper "Heat of the Moment: Characterizing the Efficacy of Thermal Camera-Based Attacks", showing how the use of infrared imaging could be used to capture people's ATM PINs.

Russian hacker avoids jail after $9 million RBS WorldPay ATM heist


A hacker involved in the "most sophisticated and organised computer fraud attack ever" has avoided a jail sentence.

Is Russia being tough enough on cybercriminals?

Hacker behind $9 million RBS WorldPay ATM heist avoids Russian jail


Russian prosecutors have served a hacker with a six year suspended sentence after he admitted his involvement in a worldwide hack that withdrew $9 million from ATM cash machines. 29-year-old Viktor Pleshchuk, of St. Petersburg, Russia, received a reduced sentence, Read more…

Bank of America insider to admit planting malware on ATMs

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A worker at Bank of America is expected to plead guilty tomorrow to charges that he installed malware onto his employer's ATM cash machines that allowed him to withdraw cash without being noticed. According to prosecutors, 37-year-old Rodney Reed Caverley Read more…

Russians cooperate with FBI, arrest 3

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The Financial Times reported this morning that the Russian FSB (the reincarnation of the KGB) detained three suspects in last year's RBS Worldpay payroll debit card scam. There were four major players, one of whom discovered the flaw in RBS's Read more…

Pizza boy turned ATM hacker stole nearly $30,000

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An Australian computer enthusiast who stole 30,000 Australian dollars (approximately US $28,000) from cash machines, using information he found on the internet to hack into ATMs, has escaped a two year jail sentence. According to media reports, Brian Sommer appeared Read more…

Pepper spray-armed ATM misfires

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According to media reports, a bank in Cape Town, South Africa, has equipped its cash machines with pepper spray to deter criminals from tampering and stealing money. Absa Bank has installed the disorientating pepper spray in 11 of its ATMs, Read more…

More details on the Diebold ATM Trojan horse case

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Yesterday, Vanja Svajcer of SophosLabs described how he had discovered malware which appeared to be designed to steal information from users of Diebold ATM cash machines. I also published some discussion here on the Clu-blog about how the Trojan horses Read more…

Is there malware lurking in your ATM?

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Sophos Principal Virus Research Vanja Svacjer has posted a fascinating blog today about his discovery of malware which appears to target Diebold cash machines. You can read the full details in Vanja's blog post, but I thought it might be Read more…