Feeds

3 Bulgarians charged in 44-day ATM hacking spree

Skimming proceeds top $137,000

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Three Bulgarian men were charged Wednesday with defrauding banks of more than $137,000 in a scheme that attached electronic skimming devices to numerous automatic teller machines in Massachusetts.

In the 44-day hacking spree, the men planted skimmers on ATMs maintained by Bank of America and Citizens Bank and secretly recorded information stored on the magnetic strips of cards as they were being used. The men also allegedly used concealed cameras to record the corresponding personal identification numbers.

The men compromised "numerous" ATMs throughout eastern Massachusetts and stole more than $120,000, according to a press release issued by federal prosecutors in Boston. Court documents filed in the case said proceeds from the alleged crime were $137,724.

Wednesday's indictment named Ivaylo Hristov, 28, and Anton Venkov, 40, both Bulgarian nationals who resided in Toronto. It also named Vladislav Vladev, 36, of Sofiya, Bulgaria. They were each charged with using counterfeit ATM cards, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Hristov and Vladev were also charged with possession of device-making equipment.

If convicted, Hristov and Vladev face a maximum of 57 years in prison and $1.25m in fines. Venkov faces a maximum of 42 years and fines of $1.25m. Attempts to reach the men or their attorneys for comment were not successful.

Police in Utah said recently that skimmers attached to a gas station pump stole at least $11,000 and may have remained active for as long as 60 days. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report
Classified data on flight's disappearance pinched
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
Researchers camouflage haxxor traps with fake application traffic
Honeypots sweetened to resemble actual workloads, complete with 'secure' logins
Attack flogged through shiny-clicky social media buttons
66,000 users popped by malicious Flash fudging add-on
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.