ATM Black Box attacks: 27 arrested all over Europe

The efforts of a number of EU Member States and Norway, supported by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), culminated in the arrest of 27 individuals linked with so-called ATM Black Box attacks across Europe.

Perpetrators responsible for this new and sophisticated method of ATM jackpotting were identified in a number of countries over different periods of time in 2016 and 2017. There were arrests in Czech Republic (3), Estonia (4), France (11), the Netherlands (2), Romania (2), Spain (2) and Norway (3).

Black Box attacks

The ATM Black Box phenomenon first appeared in Western Europe in 2015, but most arrests took place in 2016 and 2017, with the most recent in Spain this month.

Black Box is a sort of ATM logical attack through connection of an unauthorised device (usually unknown Box or laptop) which sends dispenses commands directly to the ATM cash dispenser in order to “cash-out” the ATM.

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