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June 12, 2014


Two 14-year-olds succeeded in hacking into a Bank of Montreal ATM cash machine, simply by reading an operator's manual online and typing in the default administrator password.

(Thanks to Sharon [The Minx] Lurie)


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It's heartening to see youngsters finally showing some initiative nowadays.

Best of all, the bank's financial services co-ordinator signed off on a special note asking the boys' school to excuse them for being late returning from their lunch hour.
In the US they would've been charged with Hacking, Terrorism, and Jaywalking, and hauled off to Federal Prison for 50 years. And the ATMs would still be vulnerable.

WHAT! They were tardy?

Yes Mikey, unlike the ex-sysadmin for the bank who is just retarded.

WHAT?! They were caught reading? Where the hell are these kids' video games?

now THAT's what I'm talking about, go blog!

Kids these days. Don't they know they were supposed to abscond with all the cash?

Reminds me of the Evil Overlord Checklist: "12. One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation."


Maybe the bank should hire the kids as computer security consultants...

ATM's are easy.


Scary that two 14 year olds are smarter than the idiots who design the ATM machines!

14 year-olds read?

Windows 95. Prob'ly.

Not only read, Wolfie, but FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS.

<*gasp*> the Apocalypse is not far off now

This isn't news. I've relied on kids for my technology since the days of the flashing 12:00 on my VCR.

For a long time you could get into way too many Oracle databases with the user/pw of "scott/tiger." If Larry Ellison is checking in, he should come off the yacht and make sure that's been taken care of.

When my high school installed its new word-processing lab to replace the typing lab, they decided to have the teachers put *everything* on the internal network. Two of my classmates, during WP class, decided to type "sysadmin" into the login screen, and what do you think happened...?

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