News ATM maker Diebold Nixdorf has discovered a new form of attack in Eastern Europe


Jun 28, 2020
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Diebold Nixdorf experts have warned of a new variation of the black box attacks on ATMs, which began to be used by attackers in Belgium.

Black box attacks are a form of jackpotting attacks in which cybercriminals literally force an ATM to spit out money.

Such an attack can be carried out using malware installed in an ATM, or using a black box. This term usually refers to a laptop or a device based on a single-board microcomputer, which is used to connect to the internal components of the ATM (for access to ports, wiring, etc. criminals usually disassemble the case or cut a hole in it). By connecting to the machine, the attackers simply give the ATM command to “release” cash from the cassettes in which they are stored.

Diebold Nixdorf writes that so far, new attacks are being used only against ProCash 2050xe ATMs, to which cybercriminals connect via USB ports. The company explains:
“During recent incidents, attackers have focused on street systems. They destroy parts of the bezel to gain physical access to the main compartment. They then disconnect the USB cable between the CMD-V4 dispenser and special electronics, or the cable between special electronics and the ATM computer. This cable connects to the black box of intruders to send cash withdrawal commands. ”
But this in itself did not attract the attention of specialists. The fact is that attackers usually use malware or their own code to interact with ATM components, but now the hackers seem to have got hold of a copy of the legitimate ATM software (firmware), which they installed on the black box and used to interact with the machines.

While the investigation of the incidents is still ongoing, but Diebold Nixdorf believes that hackers could connect to some ATM and find that its software was stored on an unencrypted hard drive. ZDNet

Editioncites its own sources in the banking sector and reports that the warning published by the manufacturer is directly related to the investigation of a number of jackpotting attacks that occurred in Belgium in June-July 2020. These attacks (two cases of strange jackpotting) forced the Belgian bank Argenta to suspend the operation of 143 ATMs. Moreover, local media wrote that only Diebold Nixdorf devices were attacked.

Telefonica's banking specialist, Manuel Pintag, told reporters that this method of hacking ATMs is not unique in general, although it had previously been encountered not in Europe but in Latin America.


Mar 23, 2021
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What is your forecast for the BTC / USD instrument?
makes another attempt to test the important resistance level at $ 40K. Over the past 24 hours, the benchmark cryptocurrency has grown by 4%, approaching $ 39K. It is too early to draw final conclusions, however, the renewal of the outgoing week's highs can be called a local victory for the bulls.

Over the past two weeks, there has been a sequence of declining peaks on the Bitcoin chart, and this attempt to break this trend should be considered a bullish signal. If it develops, by the end of the week we may see a clear revival of institutional buyers, followed by retail investors during the weekend.

Altcoins are supporting the first cryptocurrency in a quest to overcome the now-important $ 40K resistance level. The leading altcoin Ethereum (ETH) shows a 5% growth over the course of a day and is trying to return to $ 3K. Binance Coin (BNB) jumped 10% and is trading around $ 413.

The overwhelming mass of altcoins is now in the green zone. Thus, market participants can demonstrate their willingness to return to buying against the background of the belief that the recent market decline was still a deep correction and not a wide trend reversal.

Environmental movements and regulation have become the main drag on the current cryptocurrency rally. The current corporate culture implies the need to follow various global trends, including in relation to the environment. After all, if Elon Musk was forced to abandon support for bitcoin due to corporate pressure, it means that other large investors will have to take into account the opinion of the “greens” in their decisions, who consider Bitcoin “not environmentally friendly”.

Nevertheless, the more substantial legitimacy of the current rally due to the participation of large capital within the framework of legal schemes suggests that such issues will still be resolved in favor of continuing to make a profit.

Regulation also opens up an interesting field for analysis. Everyone knows China's position on cryptocurrencies. Beijing once again unambiguously indicated an exit for the cryptocurrency market. However, there are signs that Chinese investors are continuing to work, which speaks to us of the complexity and ambiguity of the current situation. The market has become significantly more global, and bitcoin was created precisely in order to bypass any firewalls.

All market participants come to understand that as a result, Chinese investors may not formally trade in China, miners can move to any other jurisdiction where it is cold and cheap energy, and the only really vulnerable place of cryptocurrencies is the need to be tied to national currencies. That is why the Fed and the ECB do not make loud statements, do not prohibit or threaten market participants, making it possible to build infrastructure.

The authorities of developed countries understand that they need more statistics to make decisions, in addition, China for them acts as a testing ground for an aggressive policy against cryptocurrencies. It can be assumed that in the current format the market will fully live another cycle of decline and growth, which opens up great opportunities for investors.

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