November 9, 2001

Security hole in cash machines

Author: JT Smith

BBC News gives you something to think about the next time you visit your friendly neighborhood ATM: "A serious weakness has been discovered in the methods used by banks to protect the number that lets you get money from a cash machine.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have found that the computer systems which check that these numbers are valid are easy to defeat.

They warn that unscrupulous insiders could exploit these weaknesses to raid customer accounts."


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