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[ISN] ATMs Reprogrammed to Cough Up Extra Cash

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Fri Feb 18 2011 - 09:31:26 GMT

By Charlie Wojciehowski
NBC Chicago
Feb 17, 2011

They were brazen robberies in hotels just off Michigan Avenue. But in
most cases, nobody knew they were happening because the thieves weren’t
targeting guests, they were targeting ATM machines.

Authorities said Thursday that more than $140,000 has been stolen since
December of 2010 from private cash machines installed by Maryland-based
ATM Systems.

The thieves used special codes to reprogram the machines to spit out
more money than they should during a single transaction.

"When you asked for a hundred, instead of five twenties, it gave you a
hundred twenties," explained George McDade, the Chairman of Cook County
Crime Stoppers.

After their fraudulent transactions, McDade said the robbers would
return the machines to their normal state.


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