I h4x0red The ATM!

Yah I did…

ATM H4x0r

Sadly it didn’t pour out loads of money..it just told me the resolution I was using was too low.

Low Res

Can you believe ATMs are using Windows XP? No wonder they are down so often….

What happened to OSes built in Assembly and Embedded Device Operating Systems?!




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30 Responses to I h4x0red The ATM!

  1. Intensecure June 27, 2006 at 11:27 am #

    I’m bloody surprised that they use XP, their famed unreliability made me think that they hadn’t upgraded from WindowsME. 😉
    XP *never* crashes, does it? Unheard of!

  2. pinolobu June 27, 2006 at 12:14 pm #

    That was for which bank?

    I have seen several banks’ ATMs like that recently: one (BSN) was running XP Professional and the other one (Standard Chartered) was still running their Java app on Windows NT Workstation.

    As for POS machines, at least 2 supermarket chains in Sabah are running theirs on XP – havent seen them crash yet.

  3. Arth June 27, 2006 at 12:16 pm #

    I can’t even name a better software than XP… Are they any better ones out there,btw??

  4. wingz June 27, 2006 at 12:37 pm #

    hahaha!! how da fark did that happened?? teach me wei.. maybe i can get the machine to pour out bucketful of cash lol

  5. spiller June 27, 2006 at 12:39 pm #

    how bout UK? does the ATM there ever goes down?

  6. James June 27, 2006 at 12:52 pm #

    I think the post office uses Windows too but their screens are so small and not even in colour. But that could’ve been quite some time ago.

  7. Fay June 27, 2006 at 1:31 pm #

    Used to be IBM’s OS/2, no problem back then.

  8. luzzio June 27, 2006 at 2:14 pm #

    do they even need an OS as complicated as XP for just ATM machines? i’m not that knowledgable on computers, but isnt XP just like a prettier and easier version of DOS to use, with windowing system, and graphic interfaces.

    just imho.

    how’d you change the res anyway?

  9. earl-ku June 27, 2006 at 2:28 pm #

    its not that the whole ATM system is on winxp, the backend is definitely not, its just that client can run on xp … client only

  10. KY June 27, 2006 at 3:03 pm #

    too bad no CTRL ALT DEL buttons..

  11. dcyk June 27, 2006 at 3:50 pm #

    i saw this too but at maybank atm in klcc near guardian

  12. Matthew June 27, 2006 at 4:12 pm #

    put it to sleep

  13. ShadowFox June 27, 2006 at 6:58 pm #

    This actually tells you how serious it is the quality of IT graduates we’re churning out nowadays.

    Their knowledge of non-windows technology is so severely limited that they cannot work with any non-windows/non-microsoft related products.

    In the end, this is the result you see when you check out the ATM.

    Microsoft has cornered the education sector with their rubbish and they’re definitely responsible for producing rotten mouse monkey graduates who produces these type of work.

    The real deal also lies with the evangelism and bullshit spread by Microsoft marketing, to the point that these graduates refuse to learn or adopt anything non-Microsoft.

    It is that serious, as it has become a religious game for these bozos.

    IT grads simply refuse to learn anything outside of the Microsoft comfort zone and you have these advocates trying to influence corporate IT decisions and ruffling feathers of non-MS IT companies.

    If I were the CTO I will fire employees who try to influence IT policies using their MS religion propaganda.

  14. moo_t June 27, 2006 at 7:51 pm #

    ShadowFox, you shoot the wrong tree leh..Using which brand of ATM is not some simple decision can be made by “churned out graduates”.

  15. ShadowFox June 27, 2006 at 8:17 pm #

    But still, if you hire an IT grad nowadays, the chances of him/her knowing anything outside of MS domain is almost zilch.

    That presents a stronger case for MS evangelist whores to brainwash management in the company to adopt only MS technologies since that’s what the education market is supplying, MS domain only grads.

  16. joshua June 27, 2006 at 9:30 pm #

    ShadowFox: I couldnt agree more.

    Some are not even familiar with DOS command or windows short-cut keys. :O
    Just click click clickclick…. wtf

    sorry, out of topic.

  17. Jason June 28, 2006 at 9:55 am #

    i dunno bout you guys, but I had an unfortunate incident of the ATM machine re-booting after inserting my ATM card.. it was running OS/2, not Win XP though

  18. pinolobu June 29, 2006 at 4:57 pm #

    ShadowFox: i would love to host you and Tan Loke Uei, Microsoft Malaysia Evangelist for dinner…

  19. michelle June 29, 2006 at 11:41 pm #

    The banks are smart, it is always down to prevent you from withdrawing too much money. 😛

  20. BlueDNA June 30, 2006 at 12:34 pm #

    Well, i really wouldnt call that “hacking” but at the end of the day i guess it comes down to how and what u define is “hacking”. Nevertheless im also very suprised that ATM’s are running XP 😉

    Agree entire with what someone said about IT grads, funny how much Microsoft has dominated the development environment.

  21. TM_tower_guest July 7, 2006 at 2:38 pm #

    I have seen Windows XP error at TM Tower’s lift. Yes, too bad coz no CTRL ALT DEL buttons. Fortunately, the lift work. Haha! (^^!)

  22. dani July 7, 2006 at 2:39 pm #

    what were they thinking, this has nothing to do with os wars, if linux was the most popular OS, I would not put that on there either. Personaly the atm process is so simple, it should be a home grown os that no one uses.

  23. Sebastian July 9, 2006 at 2:14 am #

    makes me wonder if it is possible to write a worm that are able to overwrite the atm settings and TT all the money to my account.

    I’ll rob the bank virtually and before they knew I’ve sponsor some rough nation few hundred million by being a refugee.

  24. Travis July 11, 2006 at 2:19 am #

    That’s crazy! They should be using an embedded Linux distro and just use a framebuffer. Or, if they really want pretty graphics, they can put Xorg and Qt/GTK+ on there. I wouldn’t but that’s just me.

  25. badcartridge July 11, 2006 at 5:26 am #

    wow.. that is crazy

  26. LenL September 20, 2006 at 10:48 pm #

    Fay (in messge 7) says that earlier ATM software was IBM’s OS/2. Half correct. OS/2 is correct — but the Copyright notice was Microsoft (OS/2 was a joint development effort by IBM and Microsoft).


  27. John February 9, 2008 at 8:01 pm #

    Why dont they run ubuntu?

  28. Dominic Platts September 15, 2008 at 5:52 am #

    Many retailers in the UK use XP on their POS terminals, although I have seen Linux SUSE used too!

  29. The Guru July 1, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    I was shocked when I saw the ATM machine rebooted and it was running in Windows XP. Why not Vista? Lol

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