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ATMs Easy To Crack?

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Posted July 16, 2007 - By Frank Meyer

According to the folks at Techdirt.com, it’s extraordinarily easy to break into ATMs and use default passwords to get them to spew out $20 bills from your account. All ya gotta do find the user manuals for ‘em online and use the passwords listed to reprogram the machines. 

So to avoid this dilemma, all the ATM owner has to do is change the default passcode, right? Well, apparently it wasn't that hard for the crooks to find machines whose owners' hadn't changed them and pull the same shenanigans.

For instance, the owner of such a machine at a market in Pennsylvania says he was never told he needed to change the master passcode from "123456", and claims it's not his job to know the technical ins and outs of his ATMs. Hence, he doesn’t wanna be responsible for his customer’s money stolen from it.

Well, can you blame him? I mean, that’s like saying I’m responsible for knowing how to drive my own car, do my own taxes and balance my own checkbook. AS IF!

Techdirt.com: If You Own An ATM, You Probably Want To Change The Default Password

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