This is badass. Illegal, yes, and he did get caught. But by extracting the security camera from an ATM, a crook was able to unplug the camera’s USB connector, plug in his own keyboard, reboot the computer, and tell the machine to spit out bills. Additional upside: no theft from innocent customers.
Disclaimer: do NOT try this at home.
Also, continuing the earlier thoughts on the importance of taking responsibility — Seth Godin neatly linked that with systems that do evil: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2012/12/industrialism-and-the-death-of-agency.html
“According to the paper, late last month a crook approached an ATM at the Bank of Brazil and somehow removed the security camera from the machine. Apparently, the camera was a USB-based device, because the thief then was able to insert his own USB stick into the slot previously occupied by the camera. As you can imagine, a scene straight out of Terminator 2 ensued.
The attacker was then able to connect a folding keyboard to the ATM’s computer and restart the machine. The newspaper story isn’t crystal clear on the role of the USB device — whether it served as a replacement operating system or merely served to connect the keyboard to the machine (it’s not hard to imagine why this would be so easy, since most ATMs run on some version of Microsoft Windows, which automatically installs drivers for most USB-based input devices).
At any rate, after the thief rebooted the ATM’s computer, he was reportedly able to type the value of the currency notes that he intended to withdraw. According to the story, the thief started by removing all of the R $100 bills, and then moved on to the R $50 notes, and so on.
As clever as this hack was, the crook didn’t get away: The police were alerted by the central bank’s security team, and caught the thief in the process of withdrawing the funds.”