Crooks stole 800,000€ from ATMs in Italy with Black Box attack

A cyber criminal organization has stolen money from at least 35 Italian ATMs with a black box attack technique.

A criminal organization has stolen money from at least 35 ATMs and Post Office cash dispensers operated by Italian banks with a new black box attack technique.

The Carabinieri of Monza dismantled by the gang, the Italian law enforcement agency confirmed that the cybercrime organization stole about 800,000€ in just 7 months using #ATM Black Box attack.

ATM theft gang arrested in Italy

In just 7 months, about 800,000€ have been stolen from 35 ATMs and Post Office cash dispensers using #ATM Black Box attack.

Here the list of victim Banks with date and impacted City:https://t.co/1Ysmc0xMIK pic.twitter.com/NkRr5IfUGn

— Bank Security (@Bank_Security) November 27, 2020

The Italian Carabinieri identified 12 people, 6 have been already arrested, 3 are currently restricted in Poland, one has returned to Moldova before being stopped and 2 may no longer be on Italian territory.

According to local media, the gang had numerous logistical bases in the provinces of Milan, Monza, Bologna, Modena, Rome, Viterbo, Mantua, Vicenza and Parma.

Black box attacks are a type of jackpotting attack aimed at forcing an ATM to dispense the cash by sending a command through a “black box” device.

In this attack, a black box device, such as a mobile device or a Raspberry, is physically connected to the ATM and is used by the attackers to send commands to the machine.

The ATM black box attacks are quite popular in the cybercrime underground and several threat actors offer the hardware equipment and malware that could be used to compromise the ATMs.

Below the list of the compromised ATM:

UFF PP TT 12/07/2020 BELLUSCOBANCA POPOLARE DI NOVARA 07/16/2020 CRODOBPM 07/18/2020 WEEKLYBPM 07/20/2020 MORAZZONEUFF PP TT 03/08/2020 SANT’ILARIO D’ENZACASSA SAVINGS 04/08/2020 SAONARAUFF PP TT 08/05/2020 CARUGATEUFF PP TT 08/08/2020 PESSANO WITH BORNAGOUFF PP TT 08/18/2020 SEVESOUFF PP TT 08/19/2020 FAGNANO OLONABBPM 08/21/2020 COMOBANCA INTESA 08/27/2020 GRONTARDOBBPM 01/09/2020 BREMBATE DI ABOVEUFF PP TT 01/09/2020 SIZIANOUFF PP TT 02/09/2020 MELZOUFF PP TT 09/04/2020 CARATE BRIANZAUFF PP TT 07/09/2020 SENAGOUFF PP TT 11/09/2020 BRESCIABPM 11/09/2020 PARMAUFF PP TT 09/14/2020 BUSNAGOBBPM 09/18/2020 ROZZANOBBPM 09/18/2020 CARONNO PERTUSELLAUFF PP TT 21/09/2020 GHEDIBBPM 09/22/2020 CASARILEBBPM 09/24/2020 MACHERIOBBPM 09/30/2020 RESCALDINABBPM 09/30/2020 LIMENAVOLKS 21/10/2020 VILLAVERLAUNICREDIT 22/10/2020 GRISIGNANO DI ZOCCOBANCO S. MARCO 10/28/2020 SPINEABANCA CAMBIANO 10/30/2020 MONTELUPO FIORENTINOBBPM 11/06/2020 BIASSONOBBPM 11/8/2020 Santo Srefano TicinoBCC 10/11/2020 Junction of Capannelle (RM)OFFICE PP. TT. 11/11/2020 Vermicino- Frascati

Poorly protected ATMs are more exposed to this type of attack because crooks can easily tamper with their case in order to connect the mobile device.

In July, Diebold Nixdorf, a leading manufacturer of ATM machines, issued an alert to customers warning all banks of a new variant of ATM black box or jackpotting attacks. The alert was issued after the Agenta Bank in Belgium was forced to shut down 143 ATMs after a jackpotting attack.

All the compromised machines were Diebold Nixdorf ProCash 2050xe devices. This was the first time that Belgian authorities observe this criminal practice in the country.

According to the security alert issued by Diebold Nixdorf, and obtained by ZDNet, the new variation of black box attacks has been used in certain countries across Europe.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, black box attack)

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