Teens Demonstrate Easiest Way to Hack an ATM is to RTFM

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biggiebob12345

" The person they spoke with shrugged them off at first, saying they'd never be able to get anything out of it."

This employee should be fired on the spot.

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glpeter90

I just got the password,,,no way!!!

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tony2tonez

Best part of this whole post is the Spaceballs clips. Such a great movie.

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vrmlbasic

I miss Mel Brooks movies. MacFarlane just doesn't measure up IMO.

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PCWonder

I say who cares if or how much money they can get from a bank machine, as long as they can't access any personal information. The banks make way to much profit from screwing us for fees, I say if they lose some from weak security then so be it. Yes I know it ends up coming out of our pocket in the long run because banks will always get it back but it is nice to see it happen.

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WarpathPS

Oh look another imbecile who's mom could not find him a father. So here you are years later, still grappling with 12 year old childhood insecurities and issues such as "greed" aka people have better things than you haha. This lack of raising has obviously lead you on a course of confirmation bias and unethical thought which has lead to unethical behavior. I bet you are a "great" person in conversation as you expose your one parent raising results.

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sundropdrinker3

Wow, they make so much profit, do they? You know what BoA's profit margin for the first quarter? -1.22% For 2013? 12.91%. Apple's profit margin for the first quarter? 22.4%. For 2013? 21.045. Microsoft - 1st Qtr 27.74%, 2013 27.3875%. The mean old oil companies? Just gonna do 1 as I don't wanna sign up for a free account and then get charged in 2 days. BP - 1st Qtr 3.79%, 2013 5.6325%, helped by a VERY abnormal 1st Qtr margin of 15.73%. 2012 is a little lower than normal at 2.855%. Historically though, 4-6% profit margin is normal.

So yeah, take your "greedy banks and oil companies" theory and shove them. You are just one of the low-information people who believes what you are told on the news instead of actually looking stuff up for yourself. And if you really want to blame someone for why prices are as high as they are, blame the government with all the taxes they place on companies, ESPECIALLY oil companies. When companies get taxed more, or minimum wage is increased, you are a fool if you think companies are not going to pass that on to the consumers. Otherwise there wouldn't be anymore companies.

You wanna call something greedy, call governments greedy.

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PCWonder

OK dipshit, not once did I even mention oil companies but that's ok, you likely read what you want to read. Just for your information:

http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/02/25/bank_of_montreal_profit_up_2_per_cent_in_q1.html

Basically to sum that article up, BOM made $1 Billiob profit their first quarter. So doing some basic math that would be about $4 Billion a year +/-.
Why would we blame the government when they make billions of dollars profit every year? I assume you're American so you likely have no clue what tax rates are here in Canada. I don't care what tax rates you pay in the US as I would never live there. I know what we pay here and what the government rates are so before you say someone is low information consider what information they care about.

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WarpathPS

I am an American and I have family in Canada and your "tax" rates and "greed" are brought on by your social programs you so proudly proclaim such as "free" healthcare which is not free as you are raked over the coals through taxes on products and services, especially for fuel; $1.50+ a liter for gasoline sound familiar? Of course you would "never" live in the USA because if you did, you would realize how backwards your nation is in comparison. A lower quality of life through high taxes, high prices on everything, less convenience, and it is all brought to you by a society that is asleep at the wheel and blames it on being "polite". Of course you are brave on the internet naturally, just not in public where it should actually come out lol. You know your nation has problem when the average Canadian knows more about the U.S. govt. than they do about their own.

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NavarWynn

"You know what BoA's profit margin for the first quarter? -1.22% For 2013? 12.91%."

More specifically, net income was 11.4 Billion (w/ a B) - that's their "profit" in DOLLARS. (profit margin is typically calculated as net income (revenue over costs - aka profit) divided by total revenue). My goodness, how do they survive!?! Goodness, I may have to pay them extra fees so that they survive these turbulent times!

Yes, they had lower profit (percentage!!) than MS, Apple, and many other companies... WHO AREN'T BANKS dumbass. They don't MAKE anything, they don't SELL Things (services they do sell). All they do is move money - in computers (made and programmed by others). And don't lie to yourself or others. They make a shitload of money doing that. There is a reason usery used to be considered a sin.

I love how you blame the government. It makes me laugh. What happened when the government REMOVED banking regulations? The 2008 fiscal collapse (one can legitimately also blame GW, whose stunningly insightful method for Americans to fight terrorism was for them to buy another SUV). Was 1929 a result of too MANY government regulations? History seems to indicate otherwise - since nothing like it happened since (after which new regulation was emplaced)... well except in 2008, which, now that I think about it, happened after some of the regulations passed in it's (1929's) wake were removed.

*sigh* a respectable, educated, opinion, is not one that comes after you've learned everything that supports your preconceived notion, it's one that comes from learning everything about something FIRST, THEN arriving at an opinion.

"You are just one of the low-information people who believes what you are told on the news instead of actually looking stuff up for yourself."

This too is pure idiocy. Where do you 'look something up'? likely the same place the author of the news story did! The Internet. The only difference? Those evil newsies are educated enough to look up actual DATA, not simply some talking head's opinion about that data. You should try it. You might find yourself somewhat more 'educated'

Oh, and the password? 123456. Probably STILL the password on hundreds of thousands of ATMs.

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JCSFBAY81

Some of what you said here Sundrop i agree with except... I show little pity when a company cries they're broke but still hands out Million dollar bonuses or golden parachutes. I'm all for capitalism, but only when it doesn't imply a bunch of already rich people getting richer and everyone else paying the hefty price for it. Those bonuses could go to merit increases for the lowly paid staff they employ. So as for those profit and losses - as far as i'm concerned it means nothing when an already multi-billion dollar corporation cries about a 1% quarterly loss we all know they'll likely make back in the following quarter. (Fees Fees FEEES!!!) However, I know in the financial industry "NOW" is all that matters, not tomorrow. All the "blah blah blah" you wrote does have some merit until you start factoring in the fat cats annual payouts and all the big behind the scenes crap the general public isn't prelude to knowing. Just sayin.

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WarpathPS

You are focusing on "rich" people when what you are describing is crony capitalism. Essentially you are blaming symptoms and not the cause. Companies live and die by the will of the consumer in a normal market driven by capitalism. The govt. should never give special consideration or "bailouts" to poor ran businesses period. That is not the fault of rich people, that is the fault of elected officials and their voters. Nobody would turn down free money, if anybody wanted to give me free money, my bank account is wide open.

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Random

If this happened in the U.S. these kids would be in prison right now for daring to mess with the financial/banking industry.

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EKRboi

EXACTLY what I was about to post. They would be charged under the CFAA and locked away for many years. In the US the ONLY difference between a hacker and a security researcher is the researcher either asks first or is hired.. that's it. It's really sad that here in the US someone can "stumble upon" something like this.. do the right thing.. and still have their life ruined by a gooberment who's approval ratings are in the teens and their strings are pulled by mega corps. Government of the people, by the people, for the people.... right.. Ol Honest Abe is/has been rolling in his grave.

I know and understand why Canada doesn't want Bieber back... wonder if they would mind having me? I'm pretty polite as far as Americans go =)

OH! SH*T the choppers are circl {BOOM} {BANG} {END TRANSMISSION}

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PCWonder

Yeah you're probably right. I'm glad I live in Canada where we thank people for potentially ripping us off.

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WarpathPS

You deserve to be ripped off because you can't assert yourself out of a website. When I travel to America I rarely pay full price for anything because I know how capitalism works and politeness is not an excuse for being ignorant and insecure is no excuse.

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vrmlbasic

"Break their nose and they'll just say 'sorry'; tell me what kind of freaks are that polite?!" <- Weird Al.

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LatiosXT

The problem with these admin passwords is that if you're a maintenance operator for these ATMs, then what should the password be? You may not have been the last guy to touch it. The manual problem you can't fix, someone's always going to scan/copy it and post it online.

Maybe they should just do a USB dongle or NFC card for security.

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mhouston100

Pretty much, I'm surprised it's not at least two factor.

I'm actually surprised you can access the operator menu from the customer keypad, I would have expected some sort of maintenance port within the machine that required key access.

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captainjack

Two factor authentication could be a good option as well.

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jgrimoldy

Are you nuts? That would, y'know, cost money!!

/tongue firmly planted in cheek