(Ludovic Bertron)

ATM Debit Card Data Theft Is Up As Much As 317%

While retailers and payment networks work to cut down on data breaches in stores and online, it looks like fraudsters are relying more on stealing your card info at the ATM, as recent months have seen an unprecedented spike in the number of debit card data thefts from both non-bank and in-bank ATMs. [More]

Banks Blame Each Other For Erroneous $10 Million Account Balance

Banks Blame Each Other For Erroneous $10 Million Account Balance

When a woman in Australia checked her bank account balance earlier this week, she was surprised to see that she had $10 million available in her account. (That’s worth about $7.8 million US dollars, if you’re wondering.) She wondered whether it was an error or a prank, so she called her bank instead of running off on an international spending spree. The bank told her that it was no error: she was an unwitting millionaire. [More]

(Todd Kravos)

Report: Gang Of Criminals Hacking Bank ATMs Has Stolen Up To $1B

Some of the world’s banks likely had a crummy Valentine’s Day after a new report from a computer-security firm came out this weekend, saying that a group of criminals has stolen millions of dollars since late 2013 from financial institutions in Russia, Eastern Europe and the United States. And it doesn’t seem like they’re done yet. [More]

Customers Rush To Use Grocery Store ATM Paying Out Double Cash

Customers Rush To Use Grocery Store ATM Paying Out Double Cash

Customers at a Morrisons grocery store in the United Kingdom received an exciting surprise if they went to take some money out of the store’s cash machine: it was paying out double. No, this is not a thing that was actually supposed to happen, but customers rushed to the store to take out some extra money…even though it would be fairly easy for the ATM owner and their banks to determine who had taken out more cash than they were entitled to. [More]

(David H)

Bank Of America Closing Some Drive-Up Windows In Response To Changing Consumer Banking Habits

If your next trip to the bank involved going to the drive-thru, you might find no one there to greet you. That could certainly be the case if you put your financial needs in the hands of Bank of America, which has plans to close some of its drive-thru windows this year. [More]

Crooks Extract Cash From ATM Using USB Port, Smartphone

Crooks Extract Cash From ATM Using USB Port, Smartphone

ATMs are giant boxes filled with cash that sit on every street corner. Of course crooks will try to gain access to the money inside, using everything from forklifts to explosives. Here’s one method that you my not have anticipated, though: some savvy crooks gained access to an ATM’s ports and connected a mobile phone to it, planning to make it spit out cash. [More]

Thief’s Attempt To Blast ATM Open Literally Backfires

Thief’s Attempt To Blast ATM Open Literally Backfires

Recently here at Consumerist, we’ve reviewed some very unsuccessful ways to open up ATMs and get at the money inside. Smashing the machine with a forklift, for example, is not a useful method. Neither is pouring acid on it. Now we have a new addition to the list: you also cannot gain access to money inside a cash machine with an explosive. [More]

New Frontiers In ATM Skimmer Technology: Wiretapping

New Frontiers In ATM Skimmer Technology: Wiretapping

We have a morbid fascination with ATM skimmers here at Consumerist, as anyone with a bank account probably should. The technology has made a lot of progress, from molded overlays for card slots and PIN pads to invisible Bluetooth devices that beam payment information to the bad guys until their batteries die. Now there’s a new type of skimmer spotted on real ATMs, but impossible for customers to detect: wiretaps. [More]

(Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

Thief Steals Forklift, Tries To Break Into ATM With It

Some people would steal an industrial forklift from a construction site, and that would be the extent of their crimes. Forklifts are expensive, after all. Just sell the forklift and call it a (criminal) work day. Yet one criminal in Florida aspired to more. He or she apparently stole the forklift, then turned it to a greater purpose: stealing an ATM from a bank. [More]

One example of a skimming device that's been ripped from an ATM. Diebold thinks that changing the orientation of a machine's card reader will help stop skimming. (photo: Aaron Poffenberger)

Can ATM Operators Beat Skimmers By Simply Rotating Card Readers 90 Degrees?

For decades, we’ve been sliding our credit and debit cards into ATMs with the shorter side of the card entering the reader. All this while, ID thieves have been improving their card-skimming devices to fit this well-established mold. The skimmers have gotten smaller, sleeker, and smarter, to the point where even a trained eye might be fooled. So what’s the best way to upend all those years of hard work by the bad guys? According to ATM biggie Diebold, it’s just as simple as turning the reader 90 degrees. [More]

Criminals Stuff Macau ATMs With Malware, Extract Customers’ Money

Criminals Stuff Macau ATMs With Malware, Extract Customers’ Money

Did you think that tiny Bluetooth ATM skimmers were a terrifying prospect? Two men in Macau are accused of using long strips that look like circuit boards to infect ATMs and digitally extract customers’ card numbers and PINs. [More]

Banks Turning To Interactive ATMs To Reconnect Customers With Tellers

Banks Turning To Interactive ATMs To Reconnect Customers With Tellers

Depositing a check, transferring funds between bank accounts and withdrawing cash used to entail a drive to the bank and sometimes a long wait in line to see a teller. Today, with the advent of mobile banking consumers rarely have to come face-to-face with another human being. But the newest development in banking aims to reconnect consumers with the teller, kind of. [More]

Man Keeps Asking ATM For More Money, It Obliges With $37K His Account Didn’t Have

Man Keeps Asking ATM For More Money, It Obliges With $37K His Account Didn’t Have

In what I can only imagine is the most exciting thing to happen since the game room vending machine at the lodge where we held family reunions started spewing free candy, a man with only a few hundred bucks in his bank account was able to withdraw $37,000 from a very obliging ATM. [More]

Banks Warned About Massive ATM Frauds, Attacks On Websites

Banks Warned About Massive ATM Frauds, Attacks On Websites

It’s hard to feel bad for the banking business, but financial institutions can take a huge hit when consumers are the victims of large-scale fraud or ID theft. Replacing debit and credit cards, issuing refunds, investigating sketchy transactions can all add up — and of course that cost ultimately gets passed on to customers. This is why federal regulators are putting banks on alert to be mindful of increasingly popular ATM fraud and to be prepared for attacks on their websites. [More]

(Symantec)

New Malware Activated By Text Message Makes ATMs Start Spitting Cash

Let’s not pretend that the sight of an ATM spewing cash out of its mouth like it hit the oil can just a little too hard last night isn’t something we’ve all dreamed of, though knowing full well that we’d never steal in real life. But it’s far from a dream for cybercriminals who have figured out how to trigger malware infections that get ATMs to spit cash just by sending a text message. [More]

Only A Third Of Bank ATMs Using Windows XP Have Upgraded Ahead Of April 8 Deadline

Only A Third Of Bank ATMs Using Windows XP Have Upgraded Ahead Of April 8 Deadline

Banks all over the world have known since 2007 that Microsoft would stop support for ATMs running Windows XP on April 8 of this year, but with that deadline looming, only one-third of those 2.2 million machines have upgraded their outdated software. [More]

(Bob Reck)

Some sort-of-good news for anyone still using Windows XP, including 95% of all ATMs in the world: Microsoft will still provide antimalware signatures for the operating system through July 15, 2015. That’s not the same as software patches, but does help consumer and business security programs identify malware on the system. The original end of support date of April 8, 2014 still stands. ATMs aren’t going to stop working or explode, but will be more vulnerable to malware and other badness. [Microsoft]

(Fox Orlando)

Thieves Smash Chase Branch, Drive Off With Entire ATM

“Needless to say, you’re not going to be able to use this ATM this morning,” observed a TV reporter standing in front of the Orlando, Florida Chase branch where an automated teller machine was ripped from the building. No. No, you’re not. [More]