This is based on country crime updates given by representatives of 19 European countries at the 20th EAST meeting held at Groupement des Cartes Bancaires (CB) in Paris on 10th February 2010.
Skimming at ATMs remains an issue, with repeat attacks at single ATM locations noted. Attacks at bank lobby door swipe locations are still being reported. Skimming related losses outside the EMV area remain significant, with fraudulent withdrawals also taking place within the EMV area due to the usage of ’mag stripe only’ cards from non EMV card issuers, or because some EMV card issuers authorize ‘mag stripe fall back’ transactions. Decreases have been reported in skimming at other payment terminal locations. Some visible anti-skimming devices continue to be overruled by criminals, and the first case of an invisible device being over-ruled has also been reported.
A new type of card trapping device has been reported, although most such devices remain fairly unsophisticated and cash trapping incidents using the ‘mouse trap’ device were reported by four countries.
One country reported an increase in ram raids, and another noted that the deployment of banknote ink staining devices had helped to reduce such attacks. Four countries reported robberies involving staff engaged in the transport and replenishment of cash at ATMs, and one of them noted that such attacks are becoming increasingly violent.
Losses from hacking or from data breaches at processors or merchants continue to be reported.
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EUROPEAN ATM FRAUD UPDATE 1-2010
The above release is based on a European Fraud Update prepared three times a year by EAST, based on country crime updates given at its meetings. These Updates are prepared by EAST to provide interested parties with an overview of the European ATM crime situation. They are produced for EAST members, law enforcement officers and other EAST Associates, and EAST subscribers. The following countries supplied full or partial information for this Update:
Austria; Belgium; Cyprus; Finland; France; Germany; Hungary; Ireland; Italy; Liechtenstein; the Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Portugal; Russia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; the United Kingdom.
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Founded in 2004, EAST (european-atm-security.eu) is a ‘not-for-profit’ organisation whose members are committed to gathering information from, and disseminating EAST reports to ATM deployers and networks within their countries/regions. While the main focus of EAST is on ATMs, the group also focuses on all payment terminals that have a direct impact on crime perpetrated at ATM locations.
Our mission is to gather and provide information to the European ATM industry and to facilitate effective representation of ATM related security issues at relevant European central institutions, through a pan-European co-ordination of ATM security resources.
EAST has set up a framework network structure to improve co-operation with industry, law enforcement, and in particular Europol, in order to achieve awareness and better results in the fight against organised cross-border crime. Regular research polls are conducted through the EAST website.