Canadian ATM’s Default Passwords Allow Admin Access

Canadian ATM’s Default Passwords Allow Admin Access


Recently, two teenagers from Winnipeg attempted to access an ATM inside a local grocery store. After performing research online, they found a few of the weak default passwords, intended to be changed before the units were put into service. In less that one mintue of Googling, administrative guides showing “123456” are easily discovered.

Instead of taking advantage and stealing any money, however, the two merely changed the welcome screen to read “Go away. This ATM has been hacked.” The responsible bank, the Bank of Montreal, has yet to respond regarding the number of machines infected, or if any customer money was lost.

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