Ploutus Malware hits US – ATMs can be transformed into slot machines that spew hundreds of dollars bills

ATMs can be transformed into slot machines that spew hundreds of dollars bills
A group of cybercriminals from the US managed to transform ATMs in some slot machines making them spew hundreds of dollars bills. The cybercriminals stoled over a million dollars from various ATMs attacks. Our cybersecurity team says that the cybercriminals used a malware that made ATMs spill large amounts of money.

Those cybercriminals hit the Windows-based ATM made by Diebold Nixdorf with a malware named Ploutus-D, this malware is efficient especially on Opteva 500 and 700 series.
The Ploutus malware is well known by the cybercriminal underworld since 2013 when it was first used in Latin America. The method of infecting an ATM with Ploutus is HHD swapping which require physical access to the ATM.

Once this is done, and the ATM is rebooted, the full control of the machine is obtained.
Other ATM manufacturers like NCR also affected, and the possibility of similar use of Ploutus on their systems is very much real.
What is really surprising, our team says, is even the fact that Ploutus is the choice of use by the cybercriminals because this type of attack with Ploutus demands time and effort form the cybercriminals due to the access needed at various components of the ATM which is not easy and its a factor that increases the chances to get caught.

Our cybersecurity analyst says that the bank can easily repel this type of attack by tightening the physical security of the ATM and upgrading its firmware to the latest versions made by the manufactures.
The way the cybercriminals work is a never-ending evolution which exploits every crack that is present in every system, this makes our state that nothing is to secured that is why an extra layer of security.

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