KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 – The police are investigating the possible involvement of bank staff and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) vendors in the spate of ATM hacking recently. Commercial Crime Investigation Department deputy director (Cybercrime and Multimedia), SAC Mohd Kamarudin Md Din said the police are investigating various aspects, including the possibility of involvement by bank staff.
“However, the police have no concrete proof of their involvement. We are studying statements recorded from the complainants, security guards, bank staff and the ATM vendors,” he told BERNAMA, Wednesday. The police are studying fingerprints found on all the ATMs. The latest hacking report was in Kuala Lumpur, Tuesday involving loss of RM92,900. Mohd Kamarudin said the police had held discussions with the banks recently to find the best way to upgrade the security of ATMs.
A total of 17 ATMs in Johor, Melaka, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur were hacked over the weekend resulting in losses amounting to more than RM3 million. However, no bank account holders reported losing their money. Police said the syndicate infected the ATMs with malware (ulssm.exe) by inserting a compact disc (CD) into the CD-ROM. The bank’s computing system was tricked into releasing money from the ATMs after the suspects keyed-in specific codes received via phone calls.