Thieves Using Google to Empty ATM Machines

Is your checking account running a little low? You need not worry, simply conduct a search for the operating manual to one of 7,000 ATM machines located around the country and use the default passwords to hack into the machine.

Think I’m joking? eWeek explains that if the owners of Tranax ATM machines – found in gas stations among other places – do not change the default password to the machine, they can be compromised quite easily.

In the operator manual freely available on the Web site of a Canadian reseller, a section titled “Programming” provides the specific key sequence that will pop up a screen on the ATM that asks for the master password…the manual also contains instructions on how to enter the diagnostic mode, how to program the ATM’s number keys to spit out cash withdrawals and how to change the passwords to take future ownership of the machine.

And, on next week’s show, we’ll show you how to access the launch sequence for the next NASA shuttle launch…won’t that be fun kids!