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A cashier with Windows XP ‘hacked’ by just pressing a key 5 times



The  ATMs of different banks, a lot of them work on  Windows XP. A version that is not only obsolete, but also  insecure due to the lack of official support from Microsoft. But if in addition to the inherent insecurity of  Windows XP is added a  bad configuration of the device, then the question itself is worrisome and this video shows it with  a simple ‘hack’ of the cashier with just pressing  the same key five times.

Fortunately we can be calm in Spain, because this  serious vulnerability of ATMs has been found in Russia, and affects Sberbank devices. These ATMs come with  Windows XP installed, and apparently the security problem has to do with the  screen lock that prevents taking control of Windows XP. That is, the vulnerability is as simple as a  lack of protection over the barrier between the  bank’s interfaceand the complete control of the terminal through  Windows XP. It is possible to skip the restrictions, as they have shown, by  just pressing a key five times.

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In this specific case, you simply have to  press the Shift key five times and, once this is done, follow a pulse pattern to eliminate the  system access alerts. The  taskbar  and the  Start menu appear in the full access to the system, and it seems that it has not yet been resolved. Once the computer is accessed in this way, an attacker could  launch scripts to automate actions on the ATM, or simply  deploy any ATM control software.

This problem  is not typical of Windows XP but a bad configuration of the  blocking of the bank’s interface. However, there is another problem that is also worrisome, and despite the fact that there are versions of Windows XP released in 2014, some banks still use  facilities from the year 2001. That is, if Windows XP is already insecure in its latest versions due to the lack of updates, this situation is even worse because they do  not even have the latest version of the Microsoft operating system.


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