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Woman Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Prison for ‘Cashing In’ on Hacking Scheme

A Nigerian woman this week was sentenced to 2 years, six months in a U.S. prison for taking part in “one of the most sophisticated and organized computer hacking and ATM cashout schemes ever perpetrated,” according to the FBI.

Sonya Martin, 45, was part of a hacking cell that used sophisticated techniques to break the encryption used by payment processor WorldPay US to protect some 1.5 million worldwide customers’ payroll debit card accounts. Employers used the debit cards to pay workers instead of issuing paper checks.

ATM Makers Release Fixes for ‘Jackpotting’ Flaw

Two ATM manufacturers have released software updates to address the remotely exploitable vulnerabilities in their machines’ firmware that IOActive researcher Barnaby Jack demonstrated line on stage at the Black Hat conference last month.

U.S. and international prosecutors have taken down a criminal ring that they allege was responsible for an ATM scam last year that stole about $9 million from RBS WorldPay. The criminals were able to evade the company’s encryption system used on payroll debit cards and withdraw money from ATMs in 280 cities around the world.

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