Thursday, 4 June 2009

Data-sniffing trojans burrow into Eastern European ATMs

Source: The Register

Analysts from SpiderLabs, the research arm of security firm Trustwave, have been tracking the development of a specialised malware tool designed for installation on ATMs running the Windows XP operating system, describing it as highly capable, and written with professional standards. The malware contains a data logger to track user card and PIN data, which can then be retrieved by inserting a control card into the ATM, bringing up a menu which allows the data to be printed via the ATM receipt printer. The control cards also enable functions to extract cash, remove log files, and so on. Physical access to the machine is required to install the malware, and reports of its use have been limited to Eastern Europe so far.

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