The Bank of Montreal got a surprise security breach earlier this week in the form of two 14-year-old kids.They guessed the password. On their lunch break. And then apparently had enough time to reprogram the security message to say "Go away. This ATM has been hacked." That's pretty freakin' ballsy right there. I do hope the young industrious high schoolers don't face any significant penalties for this.
The Canadian ninth graders found an old ATM manual online and decided to use their lunch break at school to see if they could hack into an ATM, according to a story in the Winnipeg Sun.
Short answer: yes.
Just something to think about the next time you're tempted to hit that ATM. Apparently the security at these machines should more accurately called "security," because it's barely a thin veneer meant to confuse the simple. If a couple 14-year olds can break into the machine, it's a damn cinch that actual criminals can as well.
Be careful out there, and only trust the security you provide yourself.
That is all.