ATM Hacking Has Gotten So Easy, the Malware’s a Game
A new report by Kaspersky Lab describes WinPot, a new malware strain designed for “ATM jackpotting” attacks, in which cyber criminals get ATMs to spit out cash. The striking thing about WinPot is that the interface is designed to look similar to a slot machine, as if to underline that plundering cash machines has become a game for some crooks.
WinPot affects what the report calls a “popular” brand of cash machines. In order to install WinPot on an ATM, a criminal can cut a hole in the machine to get access to a serial port. After that, getting to the cash is child’s play for a skilled attacker. WinPot has been around since at least March of last year, but the latest version of the malware is endowed with new features that make it possible to automate the attack, which means that it now takes less time to pull off a successful jackpotting attack.