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Hackers are now controlling ATMs with tools worth as little as $15

Hackers are now controlling ATMs with tools worth as little as $15
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ATMs have always been convenient, which is great. When you need cash, you just drive up or walk up to a machine, stick in your card and type in a few keys. Seconds later, $20 bills are dispensed right into your hands.

Unfortunately, ATMs have always been a little creepy, too. There's the uneasiness of going to an isolated machine full of cash. Have you ever taken money out at night? You can't shake that feeling that a criminal is lurking in the shadows.

These days, ATMs are also vulnerable to hacker attacks. We've told you about hacks where criminals steal your money and the secret PIN you use to access your account. In fact, we recently told you about criminals recording you as you type in your information at an ATM. They do it from a pinhead-sized hole.

Now, hackers have a new way to steal thousands of dollars from ATMs. Worse, all it takes is about $15 worth of equipment you probably have in your garage. They need patience to pull off this crime, but not much in the way of sophisticated computer skills.

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