Secret Service warns of uptick in ATM jackpotting attempts

The US Secret Service is reporting there has been a increase in ATM jackpotting over the last six months. Traditional malware, black box and man-in-the-middle attacks have been reported in California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North and South Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington.

The attacks are believed to be the work of seven criminal groups and have occurred across multiple ATM brands. According to the Secret Service alert, “the subjects were observed opening and accessing the ATMs using magnets and generic keys designed to unlock an ATM’s exterior.”

ATM security best practices

ATM USA is recommending financial institutions, retailers and independent ATM deployers follow Best Practices to protect ATMs and the cash inside.

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