There is a scene in ‘Terminator 2 - Judgment Day’ in which a young John Connor ‘Jackpots’ an ATM using a card connected to a small computer. The handheld device used in the classic 90s film was an Atari Portfolio and the year is supposed to be 1997. The movie Terminator 2 was made in 1991.
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Fast forward to 2017 and that same technology gets presented during a Black Hat IT conference over the summer when a technology group called IOActive accepted an ATM makers challenge who said his machine couldn’t get hacked.
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Lastly, we arrive in January 2018 and that technology has now (unfortunately) made its way to criminal gangs. For this reason, IT-security expert Brian Krebs warns everyone stateside that the US is about to get hit.
The malware, which is known as "Ploutus.D" allows hackers to remotely instruct the ATM to spit out cash.
Mr Krebs wrote: “Up until now, such attacks have somehow eluded US ATM operators. But all that changed this week after the U.S. Secret Service quietly began warning financial institutions that jackpotting attacks have now been spotted targeting cash machines here in the United States."
“The Secret Service notice said hackers have targeted stand-alone ATMs routinely located in pharmacies, big box retailers, and drive-thru ATMs."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">📢 ATM<br>Federal law enforcement closing in on ATM "jackpotting" thieves <a href="https://t.co/mHY6Md7PCF">https://t.co/mHY6Md7PCF</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KRTpro?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KRTpro</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Crime?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Crime</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ATM?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ATM</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jackpotting?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Jackpotting</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FBI?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FBI</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/FBI?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FBI</a></p>— KRTpro News (@KRTpro_News) <a href="https://twitter.com/KRTpro_News/status/957916227321585664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 29, 2018</a></blockquote>
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New Service Reuters confirmed over the weekend that alerts were sent out to customers of both NCR and ATM maker Diebold Nixdorf. Neither of those two companies have been willing to identify any victims or reveal how much money has been lost so far.