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Hacker plays Angry Birds on ATM

22 February 2013  |  20269 views  |  2 ATM

Russian security researchers appear to have hacked a cash machine and used it to play a game of Angry Birds.

In a video, first picked up by SC Magazine, posted on YouTube by Positive Technologies' Dmitry Evteev, a man is seen carrying out a normal transaction at an ATM.

Then, with a few taps of the touchscreen he seems to be able to instruct the machine to print off a series of PANs (primary account numbers) which could be of use to crooks.

However, the hacker seems more intent on fun than theft, and with a few more taps on the screen pulls up a game of Angry Birds and begins training his eye on some bad piggies.

This is not the first time that Russians have combined Angry Birds with money; last year the game's developer Rovio teamed up with Promsvyazbank on a popular branded debit card.

Comments: (2)

Dave Barnes
Dave Barnes - . - Edinburgh | 25 February, 2013, 10:08

Interesting, though obviously fake.

ATMs are PCs, so with a test ATM machine you can run pretty much any program you like. And a touch enabled PC plays Angry Birds pretty well.

The list of PANs are also fake, this sort of information is just not held on an ATM, for this very reason. It looks good, but the information is just not there to work with.

However, it does highlight the real security issue with these "secure" machines. It only takes one point of faulure in the process through manufacturer, reseller, bank, software vendor etc. for it all to come tumbling down. Not exactly unknown.

 

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A Finextra member | 25 February, 2013, 10:58

On top of what David rightly says, I cannot help to notice this very unwise hacker, who carries a hood, but... whose face clearly is reflected several times in the ATM's screen!

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