>> It's the latest lucrative target for hackers, cash machines. Two of the largest ATM makers have sent out letters to customers, alerting them of a scheme called jackpotting, in which cybercriminals carry off major heists by rigging ATMs to spit out large amounts of cash. The two companies, Diebold Nixdorf, and NCR, did not identify any victims or say how much money had been lost.
But confirmed jackpotting has taken place in the United States after beginning last year in Mexico. A confidential Secret Service alert sent to banks said the hackers targeted stand alone ATMs, typically located in pharmacies, big box retailers, and drive thru ATMs, according to security news website crebs. Diebold Nixdorf's alert said that hackers pull off jackpotting by gaining physical access to an ATM, replacing the hard drive, and using a small camera, like an industrial endoscope, to press an internal button that resets the device.
Reuters was unable to obtain a copy of the Secret Service report, and an agency representative declined to comment.