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US Bank Says Keep the Money After Cash Machine Mistakenly Spits Out $100 Bills

There’s no such thing as easy money – unless you’re one of the lucky few who happened upon an incorrectly loaded cash machine on the side of an interstate near Houston, Texas on Sunday night. Read More >>

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Man Stuck Inside ATM Rescued After Slipping Customers Creepy Notes

Under capitalism, money imprisons us all, but for one man in Corpus Christi, Texas, this arrangement transcended mere metaphor recently. On Wednesday afternoon, the contractor (whose name has not been released) was fixing a lock in a room connected to a Bank of America ATM when, suddenly, he trapped himself in. Having left his phone in the car, he was unable to call for help. So, with an impending Castaway situation at hand, the man had to get creative—or else. Read More >>

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Happy Birthday, Anonymous Automated Cash Dispensers

Today is apparently the 50th anniversary of the first cash machine being installed in the UK, an innovation which ended the social stigma of having to have a human tell you you can't have any money, haven't got any money and no, that cheque hasn't cleared yet either, and holy shit loads of direct debits are about to come out too. Read More >>

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Thieves Skip the Skimmer and Steal the Whole Damn Cash Machine Instead

If you wanted to take advantage of a cash machine, you might equip it with a skimmer, a device which captures electronic information from people’s cards and uses it to siphon away money. Two thieves in Pennsylvania, however, decided to go another route and rip the whole damn machine out instead. Read More >>

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Watch Out: There’s Been a Rise in Almost-Invisible Card Skimmers

Be careful where you put your card. The ATM manufacturer NCR has recently issued an alert to banks, warning them that there’s been a rise in the use of “deep insert skimmers,” which hide inside cash machines and are virtually impossible to spot. Read More >>

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Crooks Don’t Need a Fancy Skimmer: They Can Just Tap an ATM’s Network Cable

Not all ATM attacks need an elaborate skimmer. There’s a new technique doing the rounds, which involves hijacking the ethernet cable of an ATM to gather your card information. Read More >>

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Hackers Can Trick ATMs Into Refunding You All of Your Money

A clever new method of hacking cash machines has been uncovered by security researchers, one involving both physical and virtual crimes working in perfect harmony. Read More >>

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A Simple Trick to Protect Your PIN From Thieves With Thermal Cameras

Thermal cameras were once expensive and bulky hunks of equipment that very few people could get their hands on. No longer. With FLIR's new iPhone case thermal imaging cameras are now both affordable and incredibly discreet, which means that evil-doers can use it to see the thermal signature your fingers leave on a keypad and steal your cash machine PIN. Here's a very simple way to thwart that. Read More >>

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The Terrifying Evolution of ATM Skimmers

In a little over a decade, ATM skimmers have gone from urban myth to a wildly complex, ever-evolving suite of technologies that has the potential to be the worst nightmare of anyone with a bank account. Here's a look at how quickly skimmers have evolved—and why they're increasingly impossible to spot. Read More >>

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The Latest Super-Thin Cash Machine Skimmers are Virtually Unspottable

Just like consumer tech, criminal tech advances in leaps and bounds—and none more so than the ATM skimmer. Now, the kinds of skimmers being used are so slim and small that you'll never see them—and their battery life means they last an age, too. Read More >>

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Researchers are Making Cash Machine that Spews Hot Acid at Thieves

For wannabe thieves, nothing is more tantalising than an empty street and a vulnerable ATM. Soon, though, they could be facing more than just failure. Taking design tips from mother nature herself, researchers are building ATMs that fend off thieves with a spray of hot, steaming foam. Read More >>

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The Future of PIN Could Involve Colour and Shape Buttons

The PIN system is an ageing and not entirely secure technique, especially when it comes to ATMs. But a new system that uses colour and shapes may go at least some way to solving the problem. Read More >>

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Cash Machine Notspots in the UK’s Poorest Areas Add to the Misery of Poverty

300,000 of the UK's poorest people don't have access to a free ATM, meaning the banks and cash machine operators are heaping small amounts of extra misery on those who have no choice but to pay should they want to withdraw their cash locally. Read More >>

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An Imprisoned Hacker Invented an ATM Attachment That Stops Skimmers

Valentin Boanta has a lot of free time on his hands—five years worth, to be exact. That's because Boanta is currently serving a prison sentence for, according to Reuters, "supplying gadgets to an organised crime gang used to conceal ATM skimmers." So with all that time to think about what he's done, the apparently penitent prisoner spent six months developing an ATM add-on to prevent the exact crime that put him there in the first place. Read More >>