You don't have to be a seasoned hacker to break into an ATM, nor do you need to play with explosives or take other extreme measures. In some cases, thwarting an ATM's security is as easy as reading the flipping manual. That's what a pair of 9th grade students in Canada did. Matthew Hewlett and Caleb Turon, both 14 years old, 'hacked' an ATM by looking up the unit's user manual online.
When geeks get ahold of a 3D printer, they immediately start drooling over the prospect of custom-made Warhammer figures and replica BFGs. When crooked geeks get ahold of a 3D printer, they apparently start scheming up ways to bilk normal folks out of their money. Federal prosecutors say a ring of four individuals did just that when they used the nifty devices to create realistic-looking ATM skimmers to steal the debit card info – and soon thereafter, money – of Texas citizens.
Here's another rule of thumb to live by. If you're getting ready to punch in your PIN code at an ATM and notice the guy behind you is wielding a digital camera, find another ATM. That's because researchers at the University of California, San Diego, published a study showing how digital cameras capable of digital imaging can capture PIN codes by picking up heat patterns left on the keypad.