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Teenagers hack ATM by reading the instructions
The Inquirer ^ | June 10, 2014 | Chris Merriman

Posted on 06/11/2014 9:49:58 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer

TWO 14 YEAR OLD boys 'hacked' into their local bank's cash machine by bothering to read the instructions.

While most hacking attacks seem to involve gangs of shadowy renegades in hidden dens, the teens - Matthew Hewlett and Caleb Turon from Winnipeg, Canada - realised that, like most electronic devices, there was likely to be a manual for the ATM available online.

The Bank of Montreal ATM in the pair's local grocery store displayed a model number and, after downloading the appropriate manual, they hacked it with a combination of Occam's Razor and staff stupidity.

The machine had not been changed from its default passcode, allowing the boys to follow the instructions to the letter into the supervisor mode.

Having beaten the system, the boys decided not to steal any money, but rather change the welcome message to customers to "Go Away. This machine has been hacked." At this point they went into their local bank branch to report the discovery to rather bemused staff.

Having convinced the bank to follow up on the hack after providing supervisor printout receipts they had obtained, the two realised that they were late back to school after lunch.

Their honesty was rewarded by the bank manager, who wrote a note to their teacher on bank letterhead saying that the two had been "helping BMO with its security".

The story comes less than a year after the death of security expert and hacker Barnaby Jack, who demonstrated his own hacking technique on ATM's in 2010. Despite their vulnerabilities, ATM's are the salvation of diehard Windows XP users who, it seems, can re-enable updates for the operating system by telling their PCs that they are ATMs.


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1 posted on 06/11/2014 9:49:58 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

Good post!


2 posted on 06/11/2014 9:51:51 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

“ATM’s are the salvation of diehard Windows XP users who, it seems, can re-enable updates for the operating system by telling their PCs that they are ATMs.”

Interesting.


3 posted on 06/11/2014 9:56:08 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Yeah, it has nothing to do with the story, but the author tacks it on just to be smart or something.


4 posted on 06/11/2014 9:57:22 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Jet Jaguar; All
OH! NO!..where's TSG, World's Stupidest Criminals,
get more videoes? ..not from these two kids.

5 posted on 06/11/2014 9:58:19 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: Vince Ferrer
I got a shop manual online to adjust my 1955 Singer Featherweight sewing machine.

You can get almost ANY manual online.

My sewing machine doesn't handle large amounts of cash, and no animals were terribly injured during the creation of this post.

/johnny

6 posted on 06/11/2014 9:58:32 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Vince Ferrer
The machine had not been changed from its default passcode

Doh!

7 posted on 06/11/2014 9:58:53 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: JRandomFreeper

How do I turn my Windoes XP computer into an ATM?


8 posted on 06/11/2014 10:01:03 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Vince Ferrer

In Obamas america, they would have been promptly arrested and prosecuted to the full extent


9 posted on 06/11/2014 10:02:02 PM PDT by DanielRedfoot (Creepy Ass Cracker)
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To: smokingfrog
Beats me. I don't do windoze. I'm a linux kind of guy.

You can tell from my swagger and recent lack of dating.

/johnny

10 posted on 06/11/2014 10:03:02 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

That, and point of sale systems/cash registers which have Windows updates until 2016 for XP. It’s sad that it’s just a registry tweak.


11 posted on 06/11/2014 10:07:24 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: JRandomFreeper

http://read.pudn.com/downloads94/sourcecode/others/377828/linux.gif


12 posted on 06/11/2014 10:10:44 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
As I said... my recent lack of dating.... my expense account won't allow for that.

/johnny

13 posted on 06/11/2014 10:13:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I LOLed at that and then emailed it to my mom upstairs, she’s going to send me down some pizza and Mountain Dew in a little bit, as soon as I beat this top score.


14 posted on 06/11/2014 10:23:54 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: ansel12
In real life, I do only use linux/unix.

And today... I spent the entire (long) day with my 3 natural grandchildren and 3 adopted grandchildren. Ages 2-14 inclusive for the total of 6.

That's the real reason. I'm simply exhausted from the running and the cooking and the cleaning.

Mom has been dead for years, or she'd be laughing at me about now.

/johnny

15 posted on 06/11/2014 10:28:55 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: DanielRedfoot

Yeah, I was waiting for that, but No!


16 posted on 06/11/2014 10:33:37 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: JRandomFreeper

Mine died about 2 years ago in in Texas, where I’m not right now, and of course as you know that means probably no basement, and “Mountain Dew” is the state drink of Minnesotans.

Actually that lifestyle I described was what I saw guys living in Minnesota, before computers were common.


17 posted on 06/11/2014 10:38:23 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: JRandomFreeper

those Featherweights are the best


18 posted on 06/11/2014 10:46:15 PM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: smokingfrog

Quite a few people would probably be very interested in knowing that little piece of information.


19 posted on 06/11/2014 10:48:23 PM PDT by Bob
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To: smokingfrog

“That’s amazing! That’s the same password I use for my luggage!”


20 posted on 06/11/2014 10:54:50 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Vince Ferrer
Despite their vulnerabilities, ATM's are the salvation of diehard Windows XP users who, it seems, can re-enable updates for the operating system by telling their PCs that they are ATMs.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2310301/windows-xp-registry-hack-keeps-the-security-updates-rolling.html

21 posted on 06/11/2014 10:55:47 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“You can get almost ANY manual online.”

I believe you. Most of the old cameras I owned are are available for download, including laptops I still own for the past 10 years. Incredible


22 posted on 06/11/2014 10:55:53 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: smokingfrog
How do I turn my Windoes XP computer into an ATM?

See post #21.

23 posted on 06/11/2014 11:02:22 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: TChad

Yes, but how do I get it to dispense ca$h? ;)


24 posted on 06/11/2014 11:34:37 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

“The machine had not been changed from its default passcode “

I started in IT in 1995 (my first pc was 33mhz with 8 meg of ram, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry that i’m so old).
anyhow, pc’s where so strange to most of the user base (users, we called them), they were afraid of them.
we would set up default passwords as “password”. six months later when you came by , their password was still “password”.


25 posted on 06/11/2014 11:44:08 PM PDT by willywill
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To: Vince Ferrer

The most amazing thing on this story is that the bank didn’t arrest the kids for their good deed....


26 posted on 06/11/2014 11:56:58 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Vince Ferrer

So other than being marked ‘late for school’, the boys were never directly punished for hacking that ATM in the first place. One would think a few months in juvie jail might benefit their lack of maturity. They have the brains to succeed, though, so long as they don’t wind up in a gang.


27 posted on 06/12/2014 12:00:42 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: Vince Ferrer; Lurkina.n.Learnin
Place favorite Captain Obvious pic here if necessary ... click on graphic for source.


And for you, Mr./Ms. Lurkina.n.Learnin: Windows XP registry hack keeps security updates rolling for the dead operating system

Haven't tried this yet ... its late, maybe tomorrow ...

PS: Love your page quote - just ignore mine ... ;-)

28 posted on 06/12/2014 12:18:04 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Tunehead54; TChad

Any theories why I can’t get pcworld pages to load in Chrome?

I can’t find an extension or setting that is blocking it, but my firefox loads it.


29 posted on 06/12/2014 1:41:28 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Tunehead54; TChad

Never mind, when I stop all of them, it loads, now I just have to work through Adblock Plus, Disconnect, HTTPS Everywhere, Window Name Eraser, and Quick Javascript Switcher, to find the problem.


30 posted on 06/12/2014 1:53:03 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: ansel12

I can’t find just a ‘single’ issue with the extensions, but opening it in an incognito window works.


31 posted on 06/12/2014 2:03:56 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: smokingfrog
How do I turn my Windoes XP computer into an ATM?

Sounds like a late night, self-help infomercial.

32 posted on 06/12/2014 2:47:20 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: smokingfrog

There’s a registry entry that once changed re-enables the updates by telling the update service it’s an eligible device running XP Embedded.

I can’t vouch for the safety of it.


33 posted on 06/12/2014 4:50:41 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: smokingfrog

How do I turn my Windoes XP computer into an ATM?


Silly frog - just answer one of those “Make Money FAST!!!!” spams.


34 posted on 06/12/2014 5:31:22 AM PDT by Peet (Liberals are the feces that are created when shame eats too much stupid. -Dale Gribble)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Beats me. I don’t do windoze. I’m a linux kind of guy.

You can tell from my swagger and recent lack of dating.


BSD is the ONE, TRUE code! /fanatic


35 posted on 06/12/2014 5:32:39 AM PDT by Peet (Liberals are the feces that are created when shame eats too much stupid. -Dale Gribble)
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To: lee martell
So other than being marked ‘late for school’, the boys were never directly punished for hacking that ATM in the first place. One would think a few months in juvie jail might benefit their lack of maturity.

(1) They did not take any money from it (even though it seems likely that in supervisor mode they could have told it to dump out all the cash).

(2) They immediately informed the bank they had a security issue, allowing the bank to fix the issue before some criminal DID make the ATM dump its cash into his hands.

(3) Penalizing good deeds creates an environment where people stop doing good deeds.

36 posted on 06/12/2014 5:42:03 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: TChad

Thanks for posting that very helpful information.


37 posted on 06/12/2014 6:48:38 AM PDT by Kommodor (Terrorist, Journalist or Democrat? I can't tell the difference.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Hire the kids part time to test your systems!


38 posted on 06/12/2014 7:05:00 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: smokingfrog
Yes, but how do I get it to dispense ca$h? ;)

GI, GO = CI, CO

39 posted on 06/12/2014 7:07:49 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: lee martell
One would think a few months in juvie jail might benefit their lack of maturity.

They are now on the radar screen, and will be suspects in anything remotely resembling their hack.

40 posted on 06/12/2014 7:09:58 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: ansel12
now I just have to work through Adblock Plus, Disconnect, HTTPS Everywhere, Window Name Eraser, and Quick Javascript Switcher, to find the problem.

Slaves to our browser extensions. I got rid of most of mine, but kept Adblock Plus. I set it to block even "non-intrusive" ads.

41 posted on 06/12/2014 7:50:47 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: TChad

I also run EMET, Spyware blaster, Avast, and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0 pro and use Comodo firewall as active security, but it all seems to work well enough.

I can’t figure out that pcworld thing, but learning that I can right click and open it in incognito will do for now.

I’m sure that I can do with less security, especially since I do at least a couple of scans a day with everything on max, including with Super antispyware and Glary utilities all in the mix of various scans, but it’s hard to break old habits.


42 posted on 06/12/2014 8:16:17 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“no animals were terribly injured during the creation of this post.”

3 horses, two dogs and a cat perished just to I could type this.


43 posted on 06/12/2014 8:42:03 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Rebelbase
I've had days like that.

/johnny

44 posted on 06/12/2014 8:47:49 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Vince Ferrer
Windows XP users who, it seems, can re-enable updates for the operating system by telling their PCs that they are ATMs.

HOW???

45 posted on 06/14/2014 7:40:39 AM PDT by null and void (Fascists never think they're fascists. They just think everybody should obey them.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

What a wonderful post... and great kids. Warms a person’s heart....


46 posted on 06/25/2014 1:04:28 PM PDT by GOPJ (Hey IRS - those receipts you wanted? The dog ate 'em. -New Name:"Washington Thinskins" -FR. coloeo)
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