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CASH! CASH! Hacking ATM Machines with Just a Text Message

Mohit Kumar
As we reported earlier, Microsoft will stop supporting the Windows XP operating system after 8th April, apparently 95% of the world’s 3 million ATM machines are run on it. Microsoft’s decision to withdraw support for Windows XP poses critical security threat to the economic infrastructure worldwide.

Security researchers at Antivirus firm Symantec claimed that hackers can exploit a weakness in Windows XP based ATMs, that allow them to withdraw cash simply by sending an SMS to compromised ATMs.
What was interesting about this variant of Ploutus was that it allowed cybercriminals to simply send an SMS to the compromised ATM, then walk up and collect the dispensed cash. It may seem incredible, but this technique is being used in a number of places across the world at this time.” researchers said.
HARDWIRED Malware for ATMs

According to researchers – In 2013, they detected a malware named Backdoor.Ploutus, installed on ATMs in Mexico, which is designed to rob a certain type of standalone ATM with just the text messages.
To install the malware into ATMs machines, hacker must connect the ATM to a mobile phone via USB tethering and then to initiate a shared Internet connection, which then can be used to send specific SMS commands to the phone attached or hardwired inside the ATM.
Since the phone is connected to the ATM through the USB port, the phone also draws power from the connection, which charges the phone battery. As a result, the phone will remain powered up indefinitely.

  • Connect a mobile phone to the machine with a USB cable and install Ploutus Malware.
  • The attacker sends two SMS messages to the mobile phone inside the ATM.
    • SMS 1 contains a valid activation ID to activate the malware
    • SMS 2 contains a valid dispense command to get the money out
  • Mobile attached inside the ATM detects valid incoming SMS messages and forwards them to the ATM as a TCP or UDP packet.
  • Network packet monitor (NPM) module coded in the malware receives the TCP/UDP packet and if it contains a valid command, it will execute Ploutus
  • Amount for Cash withdrawal is pre-configured inside the malware
  • Finally, the hacker can collect cash from the hacked ATM machine.
Researchers have detected few more advanced variants of this malware, some attempts to steal customer card and PIN data, while others attempt man-in-the-middle attacks.
This malware is now spreading to other countries, so you are recommended to pay extra attention and remain cautious while using an ATM.

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  1. Goodnews!!!
    You can hack and break into any UPGRADED ATM MACHINE OR BANK ACCOUNT any where in the world with just a software with a code.


    Pour a candle wax or your silver fliud on the black panel line behind your atm card,and the CODED SOFTWARE PIN from me. It works anywhere in the world. But there are different coded pin for different cards. Example: mastercard,visa,etc all have a different code to use, so just name your card and I will give you the coded PIN to use,irrespective of your country.

    Firstly, make sure u don’t have any cash in your ATM CARD, and make sure the ATM machine is loaded with money. Once you. push in your candle waxed card into the machine, then you put in the CODED PIN from me, your card automatically remains DEFAULT, do not check balance, just proceed with withdrawals. But there is limit to daily withdrawals. You can only withdraw €500 or less daily. Any attempt to withdraw more will terminate and cancel your transactions. .

    Firstly, you need to hide your IP(location) on your pc. Then you download the CODED SOFTWARE, install it, launch it and enter every information required on start. After this, logon to the control panel and click on transfer funds, then you will be brought to a page where you will enter the details of the bank account you want to hack. Details like account name, account number, name of bank, country and zipcode. After entering the informations, click submit and the person’s bank account balance will display, then enter the amount you want and click send to card, the money will be sent to your prepaid debit CARD. Then go to any atm machine and withdraw the money.
    NOTE: I advice that you should not use your correct house address on your mastercard billing details to avoid probs for yourself.


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