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Remote malware – hackers’ newest trend in ATM attacks

Trend Micro (a top cyber security software solutions company) along with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) have recently released a whitepaper explaining how new types of ATM thefts have started to emerge. These are happening particularly because many ATM networks don’t use updated software, thus don’t receive the latest security updates, which makes them extremely vulnerable when faced with digital frauds.

Hackers initiate the attack from the ATM network

Apparently, the new scheme no longer relies on cyber criminals physically standing in front of an ATM and using skimming devices, but attacking the ATM from inside, through their network. One of the easiest ways to infiltrate the ATM network is by sending phishing e-mails to bank employees; once they introduce a malicious code into the e-mail system, they capture valuable information about the employees’ daily tasks and they can also trace vulnerabilities of the ATM network.

The next and final step is to install malware on the ATM server. Mainly, the hackers use a code that generates a secret-key for each session. When a bank customer uses the same key, the code allows the hacker to empty the ATM.

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Why Android Malware is worse than you thought

The future will not only be about thinner, faster, and bendable smartphones, but it will definitely also be about security and bigger online threats.

Let’s imagine a scenario where you don’t need to take photos anymore because Google will simply choose the best pictures from a live stream of the day’s events just to make your life easier.

Soon you won’t even need to decide what to eat, your Android phone will know exactly what you need and what you like, showing you the most suitable foods for your age. So long decision paralysis, right?

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But there’s so much hype around the future of Android that we forget to see the obvious threats, the alarmingly increasing number of Android malware, and the criminal activities carried out on smartphones.

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