[ISN] Global ATMs affected by malware claims researcher

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 04:02:18 -0500 (CDT)

By Jeremy Kirk
IDG news service
08 June 2009

Cash machines are increasingly hosting malware able to harvest a 
person's card details for use in fraud, a situation that could worsen as 
the malware becomes more sophisticated, according to a security 

Analysts at Trustwave's SpiderLabs research group were surprised earlier 
this year when it obtained the ATM malware sample from a financial 
institution in Eastern Europe, said Andrew Henwood, vice president of 
SpiderLabs's Europe, Middle East and Africa operation. Trustwave does 
forensic investigations for major credit card companies and financial 
institutions as well as penetration tests.

"It's the first time we have come across malware of this type," Henwood 

The malware records the magnetic stripe information on the back of a 
card as well as the PIN. That data can be printed out on the ATM's 
receipt roll when a special master card is inserted to the ATM that 
launches a user interface. It can also be recorded on the magnetic 
stripe of that master control card.


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