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1,300 Free Cash Machines Have Closed in the UK in the Last Six Months

Between January and July this year, the number of free cash machines dropped from 54,500 to 53,200. Around 250 ATMS a month have been closed from areas that are no longer seen as cost-effective to operate them in. 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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Wow, This Credit Card Skimmer Is Sneaky

Card skimmers are so successful is because they’re nearly impossible to catch. They’re cheap and easy to make and just slide onto anything you might use to swipe a card, stealing your information in the process. They’re also part of the reason you have to use that annoying chip card that takes forever to process. Read More >>

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You’d Never Spot These Hidden Card Skimmers That are on the Rise

Watch where you put your card. The ATM security organisation EAST has published a new report pointing out that the use of so-called Throat Inlay Skimming devices — which are hidden within the card slot — are increasingly common. Read More >>

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Card-Free ATMs on the Way Because Drug Dealers Don’t Take Apple Pay Yet

Virtually every retailer takes card payments these days. More and more even accept services like Apple Pay. But when you really need cash to buy certain things, card-free ATMs could be there to help. Read More >>

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New “Wiretap” ATM Skimmers are Invisible to Your Eye

In his ongoing series on ATM-fraud innovation, security guru Brian Krebs highlighted a new skimmer — the increasingly thin device that intercepts and snags your credit card details — that's been spotted in the wild. And unlike the vast majority of skimmers that attach to or replace machine's card reader, this skimmer just eavesdrops on your perfectly legitimate transaction to steal your info. Read More >>

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This is How Cash Machines Get Hacked in Russia: Using Explosives

Forget super-skinny card skimmers and clever malware attacks. In Russia, many of the attempts to illegally obtain cash from cash machines are rather more crude—because they involve explosives. Read More >>

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Crooks Have Started Rooting Cash Machines to Steal Cash

As if we don't already have it bad with ATM skimmers, criminals have now started going a step further. New reports suggest that cash machines are increasingly being rooted so that crooks can take complete control of cash points and easily steal funds. Read More >>

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This ATM That Plays Doom Would Make Trips to the Bank So Much Better

Imagine walking up to the ATMs at your local bank and being able to do more than just cash checks and make withdrawals. What if you could also play Doom? It's a bizarre alternate universe this pair of Australian hackers is exploring, and it's kind of awesome. Read More >>

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Veteran Pickpocket Explains How ATM Skimmers are Ruining His Craft

There's no better example of a petty criminal than the pickpocket, a fast-moving talent who wallets as if he were picking up pennies off the pavement. But a profile of a veteran pickpocket in the New York Times this weekend shows that technology is destroying the art. Credit cards are just more lucrative. Read More >>

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14-Year-Old Kids “Hack” Into ATM Using Default Security Codes

A couple of crafty 14-year-old kids from Winnipeg figured out how to get past the security on a a Bank of Montreal ATM. Crazy as it might sound, the "hack" didn't require any advanced computer hacking at all—these kids just looked up the ATM manual on the internet. Read More >>

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ATM Hackers Have Figured Out How to Withdraw Unlimited Amounts of Cash

Federal regulators just alerted banks across the USA of a very dangerous new skill ATM hackers have picked up. They can trick ATMs into spitting out unlimited amounts of cash, regardless of the customer's balance. Not only that, but also schedule the illicit withdrawals for holidays and weekends, when the ATMs are extra flush. Read More >>

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Hackers Can Force ATMs to Spit Out Money With a Text Message

It's getting remarkably easy to hack ATMs these days, and security researchers say that Microsoft's aging Windows XP is making the problem worse. This week, security analysts at Symantec blogged about a new technique popping up in Mexico that uses text messages to give hackers access. It's as wild as it sounds. Read More >>