Posted by Virus Bulletin on Dec 2, 2010
Gang used customized malware bought on hacker forum.
Police in the Siberian city of Yakutsk have arrested a gang of hackers who had installed malware on ATMs throughout the city.
The group of criminals appears to have had a very professional structure, with different members performing different roles within its organization. The writing of the malware was 'outsourced': a malware writer was recruited through a hacker forum to construct a piece of malicious code that would infect ATMs, thus allowing the criminals to gain access to the bank accounts of customers using the machines.
It is believed the gang had been successful in gaining control of all AMTs in the 200,000 population city. However, the gang was pulled up by the police before they managed to start putting their plan into full operation. According to the regional government, the hacker who wrote the malware has also been arrested.