I have said it once and I will say it again: Never trust ATMs. Especially never trust non-bank owned ATMs. As this article points out, in some cases it might be a malware or security flaw that can get the best of you. In other cases, it might just be a completely fake ATM altogether, which is subsequently being used to collect data in hopes of stealing PIN numbers.

Then the really juicy stuff happens. Apparently, at the request of an ATM vendor that is not in a position to get with the problem, the hacker presentation on exploits with a specific ATM was canceled. So while I can understand the affected ATM vendor not wanting the exploit information getting out, I did not see an indication that it planned on coupling the exploit info along with a time line on how quickly it planned on fixing the issues set to be part of the discussion in the first place.

Ah, there’s the rub. I doubt the vendor is going to fix the problem. After all, that would cost money. And in this tight economy, apparently it has other plans for your security when using its products.

Again, don’t trust ATMS — because their vendors clearly are not in any real hurry to protect your data. So why make yourself a target?

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