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Around 324,000 users have likely had their payment records stolen either from payment processor BlueSnap or its customer Regpack; however, neither of the company has admitted a data breach.

BlueSnap is a payment payment which allows websites to take payments from customers by offering merchant facilities, whereas RegPack is a global online enrollment platform that uses BlueSnap to process the financial transactions for its online enrollments.

The data breach was initially reported on July 10, when a hacker published a link on Twitter, pointing to a file containing roughly 324,000 records allegedly stolen from Waltham, Massachusetts-based BlueSnap.

The tweet has since been deleted, but Australian security expert Troy Hunt took a copy of it for later review to analyze the data and after analyzing, he discovered that the leaked payment records are most likely legitimate.

Payment Card Data Including CVV Codes Leaked

The data contains users’ details registred between 10 March 2014 to 20 May 2016 and includes names, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, IP addresses, last four digits of credit card numbers, even CVV codes, and invoice data containing details of purchases.

According to Hunt, who owns ‘Have I Been Pwned‘ breach notification service, some evidence like file names containing ‘BlueSnap’ and ‘Plimus’ in it suggests that the data comes from BlueSnap.

Plimus is the original name of BlueSnap, which was rebranded after private equity firm Great Hill Partners acquired it for $115Million in 2011.

However, since April 2013, Regpack has been using BlueSnap’s payment platform, it could be possible that the stolen data has come from Regpack.

“We have got 899 totally separate consumers of the Regpack service…who send their data direct to Regpack who pass payment data onto BlueSnap for processing,” Hunt explained in a blog post.

“Unless I am missing a fundamental piece of the workflow… it looks like accountability almost certainly lies with one of these two parties.”

Whatever the source is, but the primary concern here is that more than 320,000 stolen users financial information is floating around the web.

Although the payment data does not contain full credit card numbers, as Hunt stressed, cyber criminals can still misuse the compromised information, particularly the CVV codes that are highly valuable payment data, which can be used to conduct “card not present” transactions.

Also, the last four digit of any user’s credit card number can also be used for identity verification that’s very useful in conducting social engineering attacks.

Hunt contacted BlueSnap as well as Regpack, but they both denied suffering a data breach. He has also loaded as many as 105,000 email addresses into Have I Been Pwned, so you can search for your address on the site to check whether you are impacted by the breach.

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Brazzers fans now have a reason to be worried. The well-known site, which specialises in porn was hacked, with the perpetrators accessing as many as 800,000 Brazzer accounts.

The forum, which bore the brunt of the breach, has led to the leak of other Brazzers users who were not part of the forum since their details were contained there as well.
The Pile of leaked data includes about 790, 000 emails, along with usernames and their passwords. The leak has been proved to be real by Motherboard. Motherboard reported that they got the Brazzers user details from Vigilante.pw for verification.
Motherboard did not work alone on this. They were assisted by Troy Hunt, owner of Have I Been Pwned? The attacked site is the forum which Brazzers users use to talk about porn.
One user, who refused to be named said: “I am sad that my details were leaked, but that is always a real risk when you leave your details on the internet.

The public relations manager of Brazzers explained to Motherboard: “This is similar to an incident that took place in 2012 our Brazzersforum. It was managed by an external company that time. The company had a weakness in its system and that is what led to the attack.
“With that said, we linked Brazzers accounts with the forum for the sake convenience and that is what led to some of our user accounts being attacked. However, we took some measures to protect them.”

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FRANKFURT – Hundreds of millions of hacked usernames and passwords for email accounts and other websites are being traded in Russia’s criminal underworld, a security expert told Reuters.

The discovery of 272.3 million stolen accounts included a majority of users of Mail.ru, Russia’s most popular email service, and smaller fractions of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft email users, said Alex Holden, founder and chief information security officer of Hold Security.
It is one of the biggest stashes of stolen credentials to be uncovered since cyber attacks hit major U.S. banks and retailers two years ago.

Holden was previously instrumental in uncovering some of the world’s biggest known data breaches, affecting tens of millions of users at Adobe Systems, JPMorgan and Target and exposing them to subsequent cyber crimes.
The latest discovery came after Hold Security researchers found a young Russian hacker bragging in an online forum that he had collected and was ready to give away a far larger number of stolen credentials that ended up totalling 1.17 billion records.

After eliminating duplicates, Holden said, the cache contained nearly 57 million Mail.ru accounts – a big chunk of the 64 million monthly active email users Mail.ru said it had at the end of last year. It also included tens of millions of credentials for the world’s three big email providers, Gmail, Microsoft and Yahoo, plus hundreds of thousands of accounts at German and Chinese email providers.

“This information is potent. It is floating around in the underground and this person has shown he’s willing to give the data away to people who are nice to him,” said Holden, the former chief security officer at U.S. brokerage R.W. Baird. “These credentials can be abused multiple times,” he said.

Mysteriously, the hacker asked just 50 roubles – less than $1 – for the entire trove, but gave up the dataset after Hold researchers agreed to post favourable comments about him in hacker forums, Holden said. He said his company’s policy is to refuse to pay for stolen data.

Such large-scale data breaches can be used to engineer further break-ins or phishing attacks by reaching the universe of contacts tied to each compromised account, multiplying the risks of financial theft or reputational damage across the web.

Hackers know users cling to favourite passwords, resisting admonitions to change credentials regularly and make them more complex. It’s why attackers reuse old passwords found on one account to try to break into other accounts of the same user.

After being informed of the potential breach of email credentials, Mail.ru spokeswoman Madina Tayupova told Reuters: “We are now checking, whether any combinations of usernames/passwords match users’ e-mails and are still active.

“As soon as we have enough information we will warn the users who might have been affected,” she said, adding that Mail.ru’s initial checks found no live combinations of usernames and passwords which match existing emails.

A Microsoft spokesman said stolen online credentials was an unfortunate reality. “Microsoft has security measures in place to detect account compromise and requires additional information to verify the account owner and help them regain sole access.

Yahoo and Google did not respond to requests for comment.

Yahoo Mail credentials numbered 40 million, or 15 percent of the 272 million unique IDs discovered. Meanwhile, 33 million, or 12 percent, were Microsoft Hotmail accounts and 9 percent, or nearly 24 million, were Gmail, according to Holden.

Thousands of other stolen username/password combinations appear to belong to employees of some of the largest U.S. banking, manufacturing and retail companies, he said.

Stolen online account credentials are to blame for 22 percent of big data breaches, according to a recent survey of 325 computer professionals by the Cloud Security Alliance.

In 2014, Holden, a Ukrainian-American who specialises in Eastern European cyber crime threats, uncovered a cache of 1.2 billion unique credentials that marked the world’s biggest-ever recovery of stolen accounts.

His firm studies cyber threats playing out in the forums and chatrooms that make up the criminal underground, speaking to hackers in their native languages while developing profiles of individual criminals.

Holden said efforts to identify the hacker spreading the current trove of data or the source or sources of the stolen accounts would have exposed the investigative methods of his researchers. Because the hacker vacuumed up data from many sources, researchers have dubbed him “The Collector”.

Ten days ago, Milwaukee-based Hold Security began informing organisations affected by the latest data breaches. The company’s policy is to return data it recovers at little or no cost to firms found to have been breached.

“This is stolen data, which is not ours to sell,” said Holden.

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An Indonesian hacking collective named Indonesian Intelligent Security has defaced multiple websites in past few days. One of them was the famous free code snippets website http://bootsnipp.com. The group posted after hacked http://bootsnipp.com,

“Hello ! We Are The Next Generation. We Are The Againist Security. We Are The Intelegent For Security. We Are Back To Punish You Again. This Just A Speial Fuck For Your Security And Your Self.
#Islam not Terrorism #Free_Palestine #Indonesian Was Here !

We Are: AnoaGhost – ./51N1CH1 – Mr.DreamX196 – Mr.XSecr3t – Mr.Guy – Unknown~X – YaroiDariko – Mr.Syntax_Error”.

Link of targeted website along with its mirror as a proof of hack is available below:


An Indian hacking collective named Indian Black Hats has defaced multiple Pakistani websites. This Kerala-based group has dedicated the attack to the little daughter of a Pathankot terror attack martyr. The group told fossBytes, “Harming is not our aim..but if anyone pick their eyes on our mother India..we stand for it”.

In response to Pathankot terror attack, an Indian hacking group has attacked multiple Pakistani websites, including Pakistan Bar Council’s website.The hackers have dedicated these attacks to the 18-month old daughter of Pathankot terror attack martyr, National Security Guard (NSG) officer Lieutenant Colonel Niranjan Kumar. This hacking attack was carried out by Indian Black Hats group based in Kerala.

The hacked websites include:


A member of the Indian Black Hats said: “Harming is not our aim..but if anyone pick their eyes on our mother India..we stand for it”.

On the defaced websites, this hacker collective has posted this message

This Attack is dedicated for VismayA, the daughter of NSG Commando Lt Col Niranjan!! A Big Salute from team IBH To the familys of brave soldiers who lost their life in Pathankot Attack!! A Small Tribute to those Brave Soldiers who Laid their Precious Life for our Country and our People!!

RIP Brave Souls of Pathankot !! We Are Proud Of You Guys !! Bharat MaataKi Jai !! Vande Matharam !!

We forgive…

We forget..

Don’t Expect Anything from us.. !!

With F**K FrOm: Ind_Cod3r & L!u M!nyu

When asked about the extent of hacking and access to the database of hacked website

“Yes we have full access to their database through which we had the admin info and get into their server”. – IBH

For those who don’t know, Indian Black Hats (IBH) is an Indian hacking collective that started in 2011 with name Indian Cyber Devils.

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Source : FossBytes

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday revealed that 21.5 million people were swept up in a colossal breach of government computer systems that was far more damaging than initially thought, resulting in the theft of a vast trove of personal information, including Social Security numbers and some fingerprints.

Every person given a government background check for the last 15 years was probably affected, the Office of Personnel Management said in announcing the results of a forensic investigation of the episode, whose existence was known but not its sweeping toll.

The agency said hackers stole “sensitive information,” including addresses, health and financial history, and other private details, from 19.7 million people who had been subjected to a government background check, as well as 1.8 million others, including their spouses and friends. The theft was separate from, but related to, a breach revealed last month that compromised the personnel data of 4.2 million federal employees, officials said.

Both attacks are believed to have originated in China, although senior administration officials on Thursday declined to pinpoint a perpetrator, except to say that they had indications that the same actor carried out the two hacks.

The breaches constitute what is apparently the largest cyberattack into the systems of the United States government, providing a frightening glimpse of the technological vulnerabilities of federal agencies that handle sensitive information. They also seemed certain to intensify debate in Washington over what the government must do to address its substantial weaknesses in cybersecurity, long the subject of dire warnings but seldom acted upon by agencies, Congress or the White House.

“This incident that we are talking about today is unfortunately not without precedent,” said Michael Daniel, the White House cybersecurity coordinator. “We have to raise our level of cybersecurity in both the private sector and the public sector.”

In a conference call to detail the grim findings and announce the agency’s response, Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, said that she would not resign despite calls from members of Congress in both parties for her dismissal.

“I am committed to the work that I am doing at O.P.M.,” she said. “We are working very hard, not only at O.P.M. but across government, to ensure the cybersecurity of all our systems, and I will continue to do so.”

She announced new security measures that would be installed at the agency as well as free credit and identity theft monitoring for the victims of the breach, although she said there was “no information at this time to suggest any misuse or further dissemination of the information that was stolen from O.P.M.’s system.”

Even so, national security officials have acknowledged the seriousness of the intrusion. Before the scope was made public on Thursday, James B. Comey, Jr., the director of the F.B.I., called the breach “a very big deal,” noting that the information obtained included people’s addresses; details on their neighbors, friends and relatives; their travel destinations outside the United States; and any foreigners they had come into contact with.

“There is a treasure trove of information about everybody who has worked for, tried to work for or works for the United States government,” Mr. Comey said during a briefing. “Just imagine you are an intelligence service and you had that data, how it would be useful to you.”

Administration officials said it was the personnel office’s work to modernize its computer systems that first led it to detect the breach.

In April, the agency informed the Department of Homeland Security that it had found an intrusion, and the department went to work with the F.B.I. to learn more, said Andy Ozment, a top cybersecurity official at Homeland Security. That inquiry, he said, revealed that the intruder had broken into a network at the Interior Department that held a personnel office database, leading to the theft of records of 4.2 million current and former federal employees. It also found that there had been a computer intrusion at the personnel office itself, leading to the much larger trove of background check records.

Mr. Ozment said the hacker in both cases gained access to the computer systems “via a compromised credential of a contractor.”

The debacle has touched off a scramble by federal officials to bolster the security of their networks. Tony Scott, the government’s chief information officer, said every agency was racing to make improvements, including the use of basic tools like two-factor authentication that requires anyone with the password to a system to use a second, one-time password to log in from an unrecognized computer.

“This is important work across all of the agencies of the federal government to make sure that we greatly enhance the cybersecurity profile of the U.S. government as a whole,” Mr. Scott said.

But that effort comes after almost two decades of warnings from government auditors and other internal investigations into the vulnerabilities in federal agency networks. “There’s still much that agencies need to do that they are not doing to protect their systems,” said Gregory C. Wilshusen, the director of information security issues at the Government Accountability Office, which has conducted cyber audits for almost two decades.

Warnings from auditors about serious vulnerabilities are often ignored by agency officials, he added. “That’s been a recurring theme. They believe they’ve taken corrective actions, but when one goes back to check, we find that they haven’t.”

The revelations quickly prompted calls for the ouster of Ms. Archuleta, whose agency had been warned in a series of reports since 2007 about the many vulnerabilities on its antiquated computer systems.

Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah and the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Ms. Archuleta and her top technology official should resign or be removed.

“Their negligence has now put the personal and sensitive information of 21.5 million Americans into the hands of our adversaries,” Mr. Chaffetz said. “Such incompetence is inexcusable.”

The criticism was bipartisan. Senator Mark W. Warner, Democrat of Virginia, also called on Ms. Archuleta to step down.

“The technological and security failures at the Office of Personnel Management predate this director’s term, but Director Archuleta’s slow and uneven response has not inspired confidence that she is the right person to manage OPM through this crisis,” Mr. Warner said in a statement.

That attackers were able to compromise the agency using a contractor’s credentials is unacceptable, security experts say, given the wide availability of two-factor authentication tools, which have become standard practice, particularly since a cyberattack at Target nearly two years ago, when hackers managed to break into the retailer’s system using the credentials of a heating and cooling contractor.

“A second offense is more unacceptable than the first,” said Suni Munshani, the chief executive of Protegrity, a data security company. “The O.P.M. and government agencies need to get their act together and better protect the information of their employees and citizens.”

App-based taxi hailing service Ola has been allegedly hacked by a hacker group that goes by the  name TeamUnknown. The group posted a message on Reddit claiming that they were able to access Ola’s database that had all user details including credit card transaction history and unused vouchers.

The group said that some of the voucher codes were not even out but stated that they won’t misuse the credit card numbers or voucher codes. They mentioned that they had informed Ola about the breach but the company did not respond to their mail.

TeamUnknown also posted three screenshots of the database including the one that features e-mail IDs of Ola employees and voucher codes.

Here’s the text of the original message posted by the group:

“Their Application design is very poor and their development server is weakly configured. The hack was a little tricky and involved many steps to get to the database. Once we got to the database it was like winning a lottery. It had all the user details along with credit card transaction history and unused vouchers. The voucher codes are not even out yet. Its obvious that we wont be using credit card details and voucher codes. We dropped them a mail but no response from their side as of now. You can see the snapshots in the links given below. I am sure OLA might be having a security team of their own. Not that good it seems ;)”

Ola has denied that its database has been breached and has said that the hacker group has not contacted the company. It does admit that the test server, which is used internally, had been hacked. The user values were dummy characters and no customer information was compromised, as per the company.

Here’s the statement issued by Ola:

“There has been no security lapse, whatsoever to any user data. The alleged hack seems to have been performed on a staging environment when exposed for one of our test runs. The staging environment is on a completely different network compared to our production environment, and only has dummy user values exclusively used for internal testing purposes. We confirm that there has been no attempt by the hackers to reach out to us in this regard. Security and privacy of customer data is paramount to us at Ola.”


Source : Times Of India

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 One of the largest online bitcoin exchanges has temporarily suspended services after losing some 19,000 bitcoins ($5.1 million) in what the company said was a breach of its systems, reviving concerns about the security of the digital currency.

The Slovenia-based Bitstamp announced the breach on its website Monday and shut down services temporarily Tuesday in order to investigate the hack. The theft totaled about 19,000 Bitcoin, but hackers were only able to access a small portion of the exchange’s total assets. While some Bitcoins are stored online, many more are kept on local hard drives in what Bitcoin users call “cold storage.”

The alleged cyberattack comes less than a year after the collapse of Tokyo-based exchange Mt. Gox, which initially said hackers had stolen 800,000 bitcoins—200,000 of which were later recovered—worth almost $500 million at the time.

Bitstamp wrote on its website that it would ensure users’ account balances were “honored in full” despite the breach.

The alleged breach is stirring skeptics to argue that bitcoin remains too insecure for mainstream use. “There were lots of claims made last year and in 2013 that bitcoin was faster and safer and cheaper, but what we are learning increasingly is that maybe it isn’t safer,” said Mark T. Williams, a Boston University professor and frequent bitcoin critic who has testified before a congressional hearing about the digital currency.

Launched in 2009, bitcoin is an electronic currency created on computers and traded among people who store it in digital wallets. Despite volatility in the bitcoin price, which has fallen 75% from a peak around $1,150 in early December 2013 to about $283 in recent trading, mainstream adoption of bitcoin has continued. In 2014, various businesses, including Microsoft Corp. and Dell Inc., announced they would accept it in payment for certain goods and services, often hedging the risk of holding the digital currency by quickly converting it into dollars.

Bitstamp, which held a post-Mt. Gox audit last year aimed at proving its solvency, said in its statement that the attack affected only “a small fraction of Bitstamp’s total bitcoin reserves.” The rest of the reserves, which aren’t needed for trading operations, were managed according to the industry’s “cold storage” standard, meaning that passwords to unlock payments from a bitcoin address were kept offline, out of the reach of hackers.

After a sharp three-day decline in bitcoin’s price that some analysts connected to Bitstamp’s problems, the market stabilized Tuesday. Questions swirled among bitcoin users on Twitter and other public forums about the exchange. However, leading businessmen who back bitcoin ventures spoke out mostly in defense of the company’s management, while seeking to assure people that their own operations were secure.

Bitstamp is “a well-run company with deep-pocketed backers that plays a critical role in the bitcoin ecosystem,” said Barry Silbert, founder of the Bitcoin Investment Trust and a prominent investor in bitcoin startups via his newly formed Digital Currency Group. “I have no doubt they will emerge from this a stronger company.”

In late 2013, Bitstamp received an investment of around $10 million from Pantera Capital Management LP, a hedge fund that manages money for Fortress Investment Group LLC.

Executives from Bitstamp and Pantera were not immediately available to respond to questions. At his Twitter account, Bitstamp CEO Nejc Kodrič offered “sincerest apologies to those who are affected by our service being temporary suspended.”

BitPay, one of the biggest processors of bitcoin payments for merchants, published a blog post stating it had temporarily removed Bitstamp’s prices from its benchmark for setting exchange rates to assure that “customers continued to receive the most favorable price available globally.”

Will O’Brien, founder of BitGo, a company that aims to better protect online bitcoin wallets, said the Bitstamp development was a “wake-up call for everyone in the industry.”

Meanwhile, Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle Internet Financial, a provider of bitcoin deposit and wallet services for consumers, said “100% of our customer deposits are insured from theft.”

Mr. Allaire said “a continued focus on cyber and physical security and risk management controls and protocols is critical for the industry.” He added that “harsh cybercriminal attacks on financial institutions are not unique to the digital currency industry.”

There has been a surge of venture funding for bitcoin projects, spurred in part by innovations that use the digital currency’s core software for applications that aim to bypass middlemen in various commercial activities. According to news service Coindesk, new venture capital invested in bitcoin startups reached $315 million last year, more than tripling from $93 million in 2013.

But Jeffrey Robinson, whose recently published book “BitCon” harshly critiques the bitcoin movement, said Bitstamp’s emergence as Mt. Gox’s successor showed that bitcoin enthusiasts are “delusional.”

“What is the thinking behind a bunch of people who suddenly run to a Slovenian exchange that never publishes financial statements?” he said.

The hack comes less than a year after the collapse of Mt. Gox, the once-massive Bitcoin exchange that lost more than $450 million worth of Bitcoin and then filed for bankruptcy. Bitcoin lost half of its value after Mt. Gox imploded. So far, though, the Bitstamp breach doesn’t seem to have negatively influenced the price of the currency.

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Eric Walstrom is a sixteen-year-old teen who apparently was not doing so great in his studies at New Dorp High School.

Rather than choose the easy route and… study harder…. he decided to use the know-how he had garnered from a stint at the iD Programing Academy to hack through the school’s and even the city’s Department of Education’s computer password barriers and software security systems, proceeded to grant himself administrator access, set up the network so that it was accessible from his smartphone, and accessed the system remotely in order to change the grades on his transcripts and report cards.

Walstrom was able to remotely control New Dorp High School and DOE computers and he “utilized those software tools to gain full access to the student records of New Dorp High School, which contain the name and other identifiers of students,” according to court documents.

Unfortunately for him, the school’s IT guy noticed his unauthorised log-ins. The school decided that this 16-year-old was a hazard to society and notified the police. He was arrested Wednesday, and will be charged as an adult. Charges against Walstrom include felony counts of forgery and computer trespass.

“The school teaches you advanced computer programming . . . He used what he learned for evil. He went the malicious way and focused on hacking and manipulation,” said Sean Morris, 16, who also attended the iD Programming Academy for Teens.

“He used what he learned for evil,” said classmate Sean Morris, adding: “maybe he can get a Secret Service job later on!”


Well, I wouldn’t call what he did evil, and the kid does not deserve a lengthy sentence for a moment of dishonesty that had no consequence on anyone else. In fact, his skill at hacking could be very useful, as even the police would come to admit.


“You’d think a kid smart enough to hack his school’s computers would already have good grades. Maybe the DOE should hire him to expose weaknesses in their security firewalls,” a law enforcement source said.


Walstrom is also the son of a well-loved fire-fighter who had helped rescue people on September the 11th. The hero would pass on in 2013, after combating a “lengthy illness”, which would account for his son’s poor attention to his studies for the last few years.

We already know that Microsoft’s support for  windows XP has been ended on 8th April of this year , apparently 95% of the world’s 3 million ATM machines are runnnig on it. Microsoft’s decision to withdraw support for Windows XP poses critical security threat to the economic infrastructure worldwide.

Security researchers at Antivirus firm Symantec claimed that hackers can exploit a weakness in Windows XP based ATMs, that allow them to withdraw cash simply by sending an SMS to compromised ATMs.

What was interesting about this variant of Ploutus was that it allowed cybercriminals to simply send an SMS to the compromised ATM, then walk up and collect the dispensed cash. It may seem incredible, but this technique is being used in a number of places across the world at this time. researchers said.

According to researchers – In 2013, they detected a malware named Backdoor. Ploutus, installed on ATMs in Mexico, which is designed to rob a certain type of standalone ATM with just the text messages.
To install the malware into ATMs machines, hacker must connect the ATM to a mobile phone via USB tethering and then to initiate a shared Internet connection, which then can be used to send specific SMS commands to the phone attached or hardwired inside the ATM.

Since the phone is connected to the ATM through the USB port, the phone also draws power from the connection, which charges the phone battery. As a result, the phone will remain powered up indefinitely.

How it is Possible ?

  • Connect a mobile phone to the machine with a USB cable and install Ploutus Malware.
  • The attacker sends two SMS messages to the mobile phone inside the AT

SMS 1 contains a valid activation ID to activate the malware.
SMS 2 contains a valid dispense command to get the money out.

  • Mobile attached inside the ATM detects valid incoming SMS messages and forwards them to the ATM as a TCP or UDP packet.
  • Network packet monitor (NPM) module coded in the malware receives the TCP/UDP packet and if it contains a valid command, it will execute Ploutus
  • Amount for Cash withdrawal is pre-configured inside the malware
  • Finally, the hacker can collect cash from the hacked ATM machine.
  • Researchers have detected few more advanced variants of this malware, some attempts to steal customer card and PIN data, while others attempt man-in-the-middle attacks.
  • This malware is now spreading to other countries, so you are recommended to pay extra attention and remain cautious while using an ATM.