Hackers sell ATM attack virus on Underground Markets for $5,000

Security Week, October 22, 2017 - A recently discovered piece of malware targeting automated teller machines (ATM) is being sold on underground markets for $5,000, Kaspersky Lab reports.

Dubbed CUTLET MAKER, the malware is being sold as part of a kit that also consists of a password generator and a Stimulator, which is an application that can grab information on the status of cash cassettes in a target ATM (such as currency, value, and the amount of notes).

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Kaspersky's security researchers discovered the forum post advertising the malware in May 2017 and say that the offer was initially published on AlphaBay, a darknet marketplace that was taken down over the summer. The post provides information on the required equipment and targeted ATM models, along with tips and tricks for the malware’s operation and part of a detailed manual for the toolkit.

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The manual “Wall ATM Read Me.txt” was observed being distributed as a plain text file, but the researchers say that it was written in poor English and with bad text formatting. The text contained slang and grammatical mistakes that pointed to a Russian author, and the malware’s name suggests the same (Russian slang term “Cutlet” means “a bundle of money”), the researchers reveal.

According to Kaspersky, the crimeware kit is a collection of programs possibly written by different authors, but the same protection was used for both CUTLET MAKER and Stimulator. There is also a simple terminal-based application called c0decalc that hasn’t been protected at all.