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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