ATM jackpotting isn’t new. Back in 2010, a security researcher named Barnaby Jack took to the stage at a Black Hat security conference to demonstrate this ATM exploitation, making two ATMs dispense fake paper currency. It would be 8 years later when the first ATM jackpotting attack would occur in the United States. Now, this form of ATM attack is on the rise. So, what exactly is jackpotting and what can you do to protect your ATM investment?
What is ATM Jackpotting?
With ATM Jackpotting, thieves typically target stand-alone or retail ATMs in locations that help them avoid a bank’s security. They will often dress as a service technician and access the ATM using force or keys that are purchased easily on the internet. Once they have gained access, the criminal can connect to the ATM and install malware that enables theft of the cash reserves. They will often have an accomplice that will visit the ATM once they have left to collect the cash.
How do I protect my ATM from jackpotting?
While cyber criminals continue to look for vulnerabilities, there are several things that an ATM owner can do to help mitigate their risk. These low-cost, simple practices can help avoid being left vulnerable to cyber jackpotting attacks.
These thieves are on the lookout for ATMs that allow them to get in and gain access without detection. Unfortunately, many retail establishments will leave their ATM in a dark area in the back of the store or restaurant. It is important to place your ATM in a well-lit area that is easily monitored by staff and security cameras. Be sure to place security cameras with angles that provide a clear view of both the back and the front of the machine.
ATM manufacturers release regular software updates and related modifications that ensure ATMs stay ahead of potential risks and emerging threats. Old, outdated ATM software leaves your machine open to a variety of issues, jackpotting included. It is important that you install software updates as soon as possible after release.
Know your technicians
Familiarize yourself with the company responsible for the maintenance, replenishment and updating of your ATMs. Get to know their vehicles, uniforms, and your assigned technicians. Do not be afraid to ask for identification. Your ATM management company should be forthcoming and communicative so that you can stay informed of any changes in schedule or assignments.
Contact Edge One to Protect Your ATM Assets
The Edge One team can provide you with a free risk assessment to determine any vulnerabilities that may be present. Our team of professionals will provide a plan of action to ensure your ATMs are up to date, safe, and secure. For more information, Contact the team at Edge One at 800-423-3343(EDGE).