Automated teller machines are far from secure devices, as they are often targeted by hackers and other criminals But in some countries, things get taken to the very next level. Several gang members in Scotland have been blowing up bank ATMs in Aberdeenshire. As a result, over 130,000 GBP was stolen. Luckily, all of these gang members have been arrested and face long prison sentences.
Three individuals are responsible for these attacks against bank ATMs spread out all over Aberdeenshire in Scotland. Interestingly enough, all three individuals are residing in Liverpool England. By using a mixture of oxygen and acetylene, they managed to blow up ATMs physically in various cities to steal the funds locked inside.
Using Explosives Against ATMs Is Rather Extreme
It is not the first time criminals target ATMs to steal lots of funds. However, in most cases, they rely on malware to empty teller machines. Another method to achieve this goal comes in the form of using stolen credit cards, which are then cloned onto a blank card. Criminals often use these cards to cash out user account balances.
All three assailants were sentenced to very long prison time, ranging from 11 years to 13 years. What is rather surprising is how every individual received a slightly different sentence. Then again, two of the three attackers were previously sentenced for blowing up other bank ATMs, as well as breaking into one other device using a crowbar.
Tracking down these three assailants was easier than initially expected. Very few people seem to be aware of how English and Scottish GBP notes look nothing alike. Once police in Liverpool noticed a lot of Scottish bank notes being brought into circulation, they started putting one and one together. The majority of these bank notes was marked with red dye, which was a clear sign of something being amiss.
Attacks like these can also be used against Bitcoin ATMs, albeit they are a far less popular target for assailants. One thing that sets Bitcoin teller machines apart is how they carry much less cash, and there is no reason to blow them up so attackers can obtain Bitcoin. In fact, those machines are a lot safer in general compared to the average bank ATM.
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