Friday, June 13, 2014

Boys, 14, Hack ATM In School Lunch Break

Two 14-year-old boys managed to hack into an ATM machine during their
school lunch break.

Matthew Hewlett and Caleb Turon lowered the surcharge to one cent and changed the welcome message to ‘go away, this ATM has been hacked’ at the Bank of Montreal machine in Winnipeg, Canada.

The young code crackers picked up an old ATM operators manual online that
showed how to get into the machine’s operator mode.

After gaining access to sensitive information they went to the nearest bank branch
and informed staff – who at first did not believe them.

Matthew told the Winnipeg Sun: ‘We both went back to the ATM and I got into the
operator mode again. Then I started printing off documentation like how much
money is currently in the machine, how many withdrawals have happened that day,
how much it’s made off surcharges.

‘Then I found a way to change the surcharge amount, so I changed the surcharge
amount to one cent.’

The boys took the proof back to the bank.

He continued: ‘They brought the branch manager out to talk to us. He was quite
concerned and said he would have to contact head security.’


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