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White hat ATM hacker Barnaby Jack dies

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Barnaby Jack, a well-known white hat hacker perhaps most famous for making ATMs spew out cash, has died.

New Zealand-born Jack, 35, was found dead in San Francisco last week, police and his employer, security firm IOActive, confirmed to Reuters.

Jack had been due to give a presentation on 'Implantable Medical Devices: Hacking Humans,' at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas this week, where he planned to demonstrate hacks on pacemakers and implanted defibrillators.

At the same conference in 2010 he showed off two ATM hacks. To 'jackpot' a Triton machine he used a key available for sale online to open it up and install a USB containing malware which forced it to spew out all its notes.

A Tranax ATM was hacked through a vulnerability in its remote monitoring system which enabled him to exploit software that uses the Internet or phone lines to take control of it. He then uploaded code forcing the machine to spit out all of its cash and letting him view administrative passwords and account PINs.

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