EAST EGAP holds 21st Meeting at the ECB in Frankfurt

The 21st Meeting of the EAST Expert Group on ATM and ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP) took place on Wednesday 13th March 2024 hosted by the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt.  The hybrid meeting was chaired by Graham Mott of the LINK Scheme.

It was attended by 56 key representatives from Law Enforcement, Terminal Deployers, ATM Networks and Security Equipment Vendors. 18 people were in the room and there were 38 virtual participants.

  • Europol gave a central assessment of the ATM physical attack situation in Europe.
  • The ECB gave a status update on the Eurosystem Intelligent Banknote Neutralisation Systems (IBNS) policy.
  • National Threat Assessments were shared by representatives from 18 countries.
CountryUpdate(s) Given By
AustriaCriminal Intelligence Service
BelgiumBatopin NV
CzechiaPolice of the Czech Republic
FinlandPolice of Finland
FranceGendarmerie - OCLDI
GreeceHellenic Police
IrelandAn Garda Síochána
ItalyCarabinieri, MIB
NetherlandsNational Police
PortugalPolicia Judiciaria
RomaniaRomanian Police
SpainSpanish National Police, Guardia Civil
SwitzerlandFederal Office of Police (FEDPOL)
United KingdomWest Midlands Police (SaferCash), LINK Scheme

Experts from the following organisations also participated in the meeting:  BNP Paribas, Cennox, Cuerpo Nacional De Policia (Spain), Diebold Nixdorf, Feerica SA, HSBC, National Police – OCLCO DCPCJ (France), Mactwin Security, Malta Police Force, NCR Atleos, Oberthur Cash Protection, Payment Services Austria (PSA), Policia de Seguranca Publica (Portugal), Policia Di Stato (Italy), Secure Innovation, Service de Police Judiciare (Luxembourg), State Police of Latvia.

Consistent reporting of ATM physical attacks is key to enable law enforcement and the industry to counter the evolving threats.  To standarise reporting across Europe, EAST EGAP has produced updated ATM Crime definitions and a  reporting template for physical attacks on ATMs that is being rolled out to law enforcement agencies and the industry across Europe.  A copy of the definitions document can be downloaded here.

EAST EGAP is a European specialist expert forum for discussion of ATM, ATS and CIT related physical attack trends, attack methodologies and counter-measures, threat protection, and for the provision of regularly updated lists of manufacturers of ATM protective devices. The latest lists can be downloaded from the ‘Stained Banknotes’ page on this website (bottom of page).

The Group meets twice each year to enable in-depth and technical discussion to take place. The areas covered include:

  • The latest incidents and criminal MOs
  • The collection and distribution of best practice guidelines
  • The evolution of threats and counter-measures
  • Lessons from and on law enforcement

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