A recent court case in Texas revealed how a gang of men used a Raspberry Pi device to steal thousands of dollars from ATMs. The three men were arrested in Lubbock, Texas, after attempting to steal large sums of money from ATMs. They used a Raspberry Pi to disable the security system of the ATMs and access the cash drawer. Witnesses saw the men steal over $5,700 from one ATM, and it is believed that multiple other ATMs in West Texas were targeted. This incident highlights the ongoing issue of cybercriminals targeting ATMs for financial gain.
The use of a Raspberry Pi in this ATM heist is surprising but also makes sense for criminals. The device is cheaper than a laptop and easier to hide, reducing the risk of suspicion. Details of how the gang breached the ATM security have not been disclosed, likely to prevent other criminals from attempting similar techniques. Cybercriminals targeting ATMs is not a new phenomenon, with notable incidents in the past. Barnaby Jack demonstrated the technique of “jackpotting” in 2010, successfully tricking an ATM into dispensing cash using malware. In 2016, a Thai bank suffered a significant financial loss due to a malware attack on their ATMs. More recently, a global ATM attack linked to North Korea resulted in the theft of $14 million in just two hours.
1. A gang in Texas used a Raspberry Pi device to steal money from ATMs.
2. The men were arrested after attempting to steal large sums of money from ATMs in West Texas.
3. They used the Raspberry Pi to disable the ATM security system and access the cash drawer.
4. Witnesses saw the men steal over $5,700 from one ATM, and multiple other ATMs were targeted.
5. This incident highlights the ongoing issue of cybercriminals targeting ATMs for financial gain.