by Mike Masnick
Wed, Sep 24th 2008 1:11pm
Almost exactly two years ago, a story made the rounds of how easy it was to reprogram ATMs to believe it had a different denomination. Thus, if it actually had $20 bills, you could convince it that it really had $1 or $5 bills. Then when you took out money from the machine, you would get the $20 bills, making a tidy profit. The reason this hack was so easy was that many ATM owners simply left the default passwords on the machines -- and those passwords were easily found online. Last year, we noted that, despite the publicity around this easy hack, many ATM owners still had not changed the default password. Apparently, that's still the case, as two men have been arrested for using the hack to steal thousands of dollars. Still, it's worth noting that the only reason they seem to have been caught was they hit the same store multiple times (and, apparently, the owner of that store still hadn't changed the default password).
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