New Elusive Virus Robs Russian ATMs

It turns out that in order to thoroughly gut an ATM it is not at all necessary to install skimmers on it, blow it up or steal it with a steel cable tied to a car. The Russian banking community is once again facing another cyber threat.

The new virus is aimed at stealing money not from customers trying to withdraw money, but from the ATM itself. The malicious code is introduced into the operating system of the ATM through infected computers of specialists in the internal network of banks.

The most terrible and interesting thing is that the virus is almost elusive. It is incorporeal, since it has no file body, so even the most advanced antiviruses do not respond to it. Taking advantage of its impunity, the virus, in fact, gets a "permanent residence permit" at the ATM.

And then begins in the full sense of the word robbery in broad daylight. The criminals, knowing a special code, seize from the ATM all the contents of the so-called first cassette, where the largest bills with a denomination of 1 or 5 thousand rubles are located.

While experts in the field of banking cybersecurity are at a loss and ponder how to protect themselves from this scourge.