Did you know that ATM-related theft is a global crime that results in huge sums of money stolen every year? Smart thieves, advanced technology and sometimes poor security measures make ATM skimming a lucrative crime that could leave you with an empty bank account. But do you know enough about skimming to spot a hacked ATM? Take the quiz to find out.
Reports indicate around $1.2 billion in annual theft as of 2008.
Good old Windows CE powers many ATMs, and an estimated 70 percent of ATMs shipped post-2004 run on Windows.
Anyone and everyone can buy their very own ATM online, so no credentials are required.
Most skimming schemes involve a tiny spy camera hidden near the keypad. Be smart and keep your PIN covered!
Nope! While some banks are certainly more prepared to deal with skimmers than others, they can't all know what to look out for. If your small town bank is targeted by skimmers, odds are the personnel won't have any idea how to spot the devices -- or what to do with them.
ATMs at four Bank of America locations in Long Island were hit for $217,000, which affected between 100 and 200 accounts.
Keeping your PIN hidden from prying eyes or cameras is a good way to reduce the risk of theft by skimmer, but it's not a 100 percent safety guarantee.
Skimmers attach a fake card reader to the ATM's real card slot. It reads the data on your card's magnetic strip.
Young John Connor in "Terminator 2" uses a fancy hacking device to skim money from an ATM. Later he uses it to hack into Cyberdyne, though, so it all evens out.
A security expert was able to hack into Tranax and Triton ATMs with relative ease, though both companies claim to have since updated security measures to prevent these exploits from working.
RFID tags in newer credit cards transmit data wirelessly via radio waves.
None! While it is technically possible to skim data from an RFID tag, there are no reports of it happening outside laboratory studies.
In 1993, a gang known as the "Buckland Boys" hacked an ATM to kick off the ATM skimming trend.
ADT's Anti-Skim device can detect foreign objects placed over an ATM's card slot.
ATM hackers can re-program an ATM to think it's full of smaller bills, making a withdrawal actually worth thousands instead of hundreds.
ATM skimmers can easily transfer the personal data encoded on the card's magnetic strip to a blank gift card. Armed with the PIN, they've essentially created a duplicate of your debit card!
The biggest giveaways for ATM skimmers are off-color parts that could indicate a fake front panel or camera, or a protruding, loose card slot.
Barnaby Jack hacked into Windows-based ATMs with programs he wrote himself, then exported the data using good old Internet Explorer.
There were about 403,000 ATMs in the US in 2009 -- about one for every 761 Americans!
An organized gang once hit several ATMs for a whopping $9 million!