Proving once again that just about everything can be found online, two teenagers from Winnipeg, Canada have managed to hack into an ATM without resorting to malicious methods. That’s right, they simply looked up the ATM manual online and were able to become administrators of the machine by entering a default password. Fortunately, the only thing they did was change the welcome message to “Go away. This ATM has been hacked.” Continue reading for a video showing another method and more information.
Here’s Gizmodo’s take:
The conclusion of this story makes it more amusing than terrifying, but it could have easily ended in lots of people getting ripped off.
This kind of passcode idiocy persists not just in ATMs but for security systems of all kinds. If you’re using a default password anywhere, you’re basically asking for a rough time down the line.