EAST Upgrades Terminal Fraud Definitions

EAST has upgraded its Terminal Fraud Definitions to illustrate what the criminal target outcome is for each fraud type.  This information is now available on the EAST website.

The EAST Expert Group on All Terminal Fraud (EGAF) has identified six ways by which criminals achieve their targets from the different terminal fraud types as shown below:

In the upgraded Terminal Fraud Definitions each applicable criminal benefit is highlighted next to each terminal fraud type.  The defined Terminal Fraud Types are: Card Skimming; Card Shimming; Eavesdropping; Card Trapping; Cash Trapping; Transaction Reversal Fraud (TRF); Malware; and Black Box.

Below is the definition for Card Skimming which highlights that skimming enables criminals to: Create counterfeit cards; make card-not-present (CNP) purchases; use fake cards in-store; and sell compromised data.

fraud definitions - card skimming

EAST Executive Director Lachlan Gunn said “This is a major step forward in standardising the classification of terminal fraud, which will hopefully help to continue to drive down related fraud losses. The EGAF Chair, Otto de Jong, and his team have produced something fresh and simple which we hope will be adopted globally by the Industry and Law enforcement when describing or reporting terminal fraud. In particular we would like to thank Ben Birtwistle of NatWest Bank plc, along with Claire Shufflebotham and Niek Westendorp of TMD Security, whose creative ideas and design made this latest upgrade possible.”

A summary of the upgraded fraud definitions and terminology is available on the EAST website along with a more detailed document for download.  These have been classified ‘WHITE’ under the terms of the EAST Information Security Policy and may be shared freely, subject to standard copyright rules.

200 Fraud Alerts Issued by EAST

EAST has published its 200th Fraud Alert.  These Alerts are issued by EAST National Members, often with the support of Law Enforcement and other EAST Associate Members.  To date 28 countries have issued Fraud Alerts covering ATMs, Unattended Payment Terminals (UPTs) and Point of Sale (POS) Terminals.

EAST first started issuing Fraud Alerts in September 2013.  These Alerts provide valuable and timely intelligence to law enforcement agencies and the industry, allowing the spread of emerging threats and criminal methodologies to be tracked across the world.  While most of the Alerts have been issued by countries within the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), there have been some from Belarus, Mexico, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.

To date EAST Fraud Alerts issued have covered:  Black Box attacks (cash out / jackpotting); Card Shimming (S1 devices); Card Skimming (highlighting the spread of different devices such as M1, M2, M3, D2 and D3); Card Trapping; Cash Trapping; Deposit Fraud; Eavesdropping (highlighting the use of different MOs such as E2 and E3); EMV Shock Cards; Malware (cash out / jackpotting); Transaction Reversal Fraud; and Vandalism.  The table below shows a summary the Alerts issued:

Fraud Alerts

Definitions of the different fraud types and related terminology are available on this website.

The EAST Expert Group on All Terminal Fraud (EGAF) initiated the Fraud Alerts and conducts in-depth analysis of some of the emerging threats and devices.  Each Alert covers: the type of fraud; the country where discovered; the terminal type(s) affected; an indication as to whether or not the fraud was successful; a description of the device and the criminal MO; indication as to the device location; information on PIN compromise (if card skimming or card trapping); and any available images.

EAST also issues Payment Alerts and Physical Attack Alerts.

EAST Alerts contain sensitive information and are restricted to EAST Members (National and Associate).  They are classified as AMBER using the variant of the Traffic Light Protocol (TLP) adopted by EAST.

EPTF holds Fourth Meeting

EPTFThe Fourth Meeting of the EAST Payments Task Force (EPTF) took place on Thursday 22nd November 2018 at the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) in Dublin.

The EPTF is a specialist task force that discusses security issues affecting the payments industry and that gathers, collates and disseminates related information, trends and general statistics.  The EPTF has recently published Payment Fraud Terminology and Payment Fraud Definitions.  The aim is for the payment fraud terminology, and related payment fraud definitions, to be adopted globally when describing or reporting payment and transaction fraud.

The meeting was chaired by Mr Rui Carvalho, EAST Development Director, and was attended by key representatives from Card Issuers, Law Enforcement, Payment Processors, Payment Providers and Solution Providers.

Presentations or updates were given by BANCOMAT S.p.A, BPFI, Diebold Nixdorf,  EURO Kartensysteme GmbHEuropol, INTERPOL, PayLife, PayPal, Trend Micro, Visa Europe.

The Group, which meets twice a year, adds value to the payments industry by using the unique and extensive EAST National Member platform and Associate Member network to provide information and outputs that are not currently available elsewhere.  EAST National Members represent 35 countries and outputs from the group are presented to National Member Meetings.  There are 202 EAST Associate Member Organisations from 52 countries and territories.

EAST Presents at CyberSouth Event

CyberSouthEAST Executive Director Lachlan Gunn presented at a CyberSouth Regional Workshop on Business Email Compromise (CEO Fraud) and Electronic Payment Fraud on 13 November 2018 . The event, which ran from 12-14 November 2018, was held at the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) in Bucharest, Romania and was implemented by the Council of Europe.  The CyberSouth project focuses on cooperation on cybercrime in the Southern Neighbourhood and aims at reinforcing the capacities of specialised units with responsibilities relating to tackling cybercrime and dealing with electronic evidence.

The workshop focused on increasing the knowledge of the participants on the different trends and typologies of online fraud and of electronic payment fraud in order to assist with strengthening the capacity of the criminal justice authorities in the CyberSouth countries to search for, seize, and confiscate the illicit proceeds of cyber-criminals in the target areas.  Cybercrime investigators and prosecutors from the following Southern Neighbourhood priority area countries attended the event: Algeria; Jordan; Lebanon; Morocco; Tunisia.

National representatives were also present from Germany, Israel, Romania and the USA.  Europol and Eurojust were present and the private sector was represented by American Express, BIT Defender and EAST.

The EAST presentation covered the structure and methodology used by EAST to help improve public/private sector cross-border cooperation in the fight against organised cross-border crime, and then shared information on the latest statistics and trends relating to logical (black box) attacks against ATMs, and also on malware used to enable jackpotting (cash out) at ATM locations.  The latest fraud definitions produced by EAST were also shared and it was advised that an updated version of these will soon be available.  These definitions are aimed at helping law enforcement agencies, private sector fraud investigators and other stakeholders to standardise reporting terminology when following up on incidents.

The Cybercrime Programme Office of the Council of Europe (C-PROC), based in Bucharest, is responsible for assisting countries worldwide in the strengthening of their criminal justice capacity to respond to to the challenges posed by cybercrime and electronic evidence on the basis of the standards of the Budapest Convention of Cybercrime.  This is the only binding international instrument on this issue and serves as a guideline for any country developing comprehensive national legislation against Cybercrime and as a framework for international cooperation between State Parties to The Convention on Cybercrime of the Council of Europe (CETS No.185).


EAST Publishes European Fraud Update 3-2018

European FraudEAST has published its third European Fraud Update for 2018. This is based on country crime updates given by representatives of 15 countries in the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), and 3 non-SEPA countries, at the 46th EAST meeting held in London on 9th October 2018.

Payment fraud issues were reported by fourteen countries. Seven countries reported card-not-present (CNP) as a key fraud driver. One country reported merchant manipulation of settlement files to force through authorisations on POS terminals – once the forced transaction is through on a card the merchant cashes out using it. One country reported malware related to two APT attacks – some Chinese criminals are under observation in connection with them. Another country reported impersonation fraud relating to bill payments – possibly involving collusive postal workers. To date in 2018 the EAST Payments Task Force (EPTF) has published six Payment Alerts covering phishing, malware on mobile phones, fraudulent mobile Apps, CNP fraud and Technological fraud. The EPTF has recently published payment terminology and definitions.

ATM malware and logical security attacks were reported by seven countries.  Four of the countries reported ATM related malware and six countries reported the usage (or attempted usage) of ‘black-box’ devices to allow the unauthorised dispensing of cash.  To date in 2018 the EAST Expert Group on All Terminal Fraud (EGAF) has published eleven related Fraud Alerts.

Card skimming at ATMs was reported by fourteen countries.  The overall trend is downward, as the recently published EAST European Payment Terminal Crime Report covering January to June 2018 highlights.  The usage of M3 – Card Reader Internal Skimming devices was reported by four countries and one country reported the use of M2 – Throat Inlay Skimming Devices.  Skimming attacks on other terminal types were reported by five countries, three of which reported such attacks on unattended payment terminals (UPTs) at petrol stations.  One country reported that a series of shimming devices at POS terminals had been detected and taken down.  To date in 2018 EAST EGAF has published twelve related Fraud Alerts.

Year to date International skimming related losses were reported in 44 countries and territories outside SEPA and in 6 within SEPA.  The top three locations where such losses were reported remain Indonesia, the USA and India.

Six countries reported incidents of Transaction Reversal Fraud (TRF), one of which reported a new attack variant where the criminals use a ‘chip-on-a-strip’.  To date in 2018 EAST EGAF has published five related Fraud Alerts.

Ram raids and ATM burglary were reported by eight countries and eight countries reported explosive gas attacks, one of which reported that two people had been sent to hospital due to related smoke inhalation.  Five countries reported solid explosive attacks.  The spread of such attacks has long been of great concern to the industry due to the risk to life and to the significant amount of collateral damage to equipment and buildings.  One such attack resulted in the death of a person, the first time that this has been reported.  To date in 2018 the EAST Expert Group on ATM & ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP) has published seven related Physical Attack Alerts.

The full Fraud Update is available to EAST Members (National and Associate).

EAST Presents at ATEFI Forum on Security in Payment Systems

payment systemsEAST Development Director Rui Carvalho (pictured second from the right with Cristian Patti, Fernanda Romero and Oscar Castellano of ATEFI) presented an overview of Terminal Related Fraud and Transaction Fraud in Europe at the fourth Annual Latin American Forum on Security in Payment Systems, held on 24th / 25th October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The event was organised by ATEFI in order to raise awareness of payment-related crime in Latin America.  It focused on physical attacks and cyber threats to electronic payment systems in the region.  Over 180 people attended from:

  • Ministry of Security of the Province of Buenos Aires
  • Argentine Federal Police
  • Argentine Federal Administration of Public Revenues (AFIP)
  • Central Bank of the Argentine Republic (BCRA)
  • Compensating Chamber of the Argentine Republic (COELSA)
  • Office of the Prosecutor of the Government of the Province of Buenos Aires
  • Ministry of the Interior of Uruguay
  • European Association for Secure Transactions (EAST)
  • 12 ATEFI Member Networks from 10 regional countries: Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Panama, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina
  • 22 Banks
  • Association of Banks of Argentina
  • Payment Card Schemes
  • Specialist Media Representatives

ATEFI is the Latin American Association of Operators Electronic Funds Transfer and Information Services and represents 20 ATM networks in 14 countries throughout Latin America.

In May 2016 EAST and ATEFI joined forces in order to further strengthen cross border cooperation in combating all types of payment crime including payment card fraud, hi-tech crime and ATM cyber and physical attacks.

EAST FCS ATM Physical Attacks Seminar 2018

An EAST FCS ATM Physical Attacks Seminar was held on 10th October 2018 in London, co-located with RBRs ATM & Cyber Security 2018 Conference.  The interactive and successful event followed the basic structure of work group meetings held by the EAST Expert Group on ATM & ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP).  This group, which meets twice a year, provides a platform for law enforcement and the private sector to come together and share attack information, trends and statistics in a structured manner.

An introduction to EGAP by the Chair, Graham Mott, was followed by a presentation by EAST Development Director Rui Carvalho, covering the latest EAST physical attack statistics from the H1 2018 European Payment Terminal Crime Report.  This highlighted that ATM related physical attacks were up 21% (from 1,696 to 2,046 incidents).  Attacks due to ram raids and ATM burglary were up 26% (from 470 to 590 incidents) and ATM explosive attacks (including explosive gas and solid explosive attacks) were up 2% (from 481 to 490 incidents).  Losses due to ATM related physical attacks were €15.1 million, a 24% increase from the €12.2 million reported during the same period in 2017.

Gertjan Kaijen of Europol then gave a high level view of the ATM Physical attack situation across Europe which was followed by national law enforcement updates from the following countries:

  • France – by Gilles Weintz of the Gendarmerie Nationale
  • Netherlands – by Niels Uljee of the Dutch Police
  • Portugal – by Bruno Sergio Nobre Viegas of the Policia de Seguranca Publica
  • Spain – by Daniel Zorzo Lopez of the Guardia Civil
  • UK – by Neil Smyth of the Metropolitan Police Service

These were followed by a talk from Marco Spoldi of MIB on the Italian experience of ATM Physical attacks, sharing what has been done in Italy to counter them.

ATM physical attacksThe Seminar concluded with a Question and Answer session chaired by Graham Mott and with Rui Carvalho, Gertjan Kaijen, Bruno Ricardo (Feerica), Daniel Zorzo Lopez and Adrian Roberts (West Midlands Police) on the Panel.

Attendance at the regular EAST EGAP work group meetings is limited and this event enabled active participation and input from a much wider pool of expertise.  Due to the positive response received from delegates, this ATM Physical Attacks Seminar is expected to be repeated in 2019.

More information on the event, which was sponsored by Feerica and Lockpoint, can be found on the EAST Events Website

2018 EAST FCS ATM Physical Attack Seminar Sponsors


EAST FCS Terminal Fraud Seminar 2018

terminal fraudAn EAST FCS Terminal Fraud Seminar was held on 10th October 2018 in London, co-located with RBRs ATM & Cyber Security 2018 Conference. The interactive and successful event focused on two key outputs of the EAST Expert Group on All Terminal Fraud (EGAF):

  • Guidelines regarding logical attacks on ATMs
  • Standardised fraud definitions

An introduction to EGAF by the Chair, Otto de Jong, was followed by a presentation by EAST’s Executive Director Lachlan Gunn, covering the latest EAST fraud statistics from the H1 2018 European Payment Terminal Crime Report. This highlighted that losses due to card fraud at payment terminals have fallen to the lowest level since 2005. Total losses of €107 million were reported and the decrease is primarily due to a fall in losses due to card skimming (down from €118 million to €104 million). Overall payment terminal related fraud incidents were down 43% (from 11,934 to 6,790). Within this total card skimming incidents were down 19% (from 1,221 to 985) and well below the peak of 5,743 incidents reported during the same period in 2010.

Juan Jesus Leon Cobos of GMV then covered the evolution of ‘Cash-out’/jackpotting attacks, sharing the latest trends from Latin America.  This was followed by a presentation from Tobias-Christian Wieloch of the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol which focused on Europol’s published ‘Guidance & Recommendations regarding Logical & Malware Attacks on ATMs’, and an update to it that will soon be available.

Nick Webber, an independent forensic expert, then shared insights into card shimming and ‘wedge’ attacks, with a particular focus on the UK experience.

The final presentation came from Ben Birtwistle of the Royal Bank of Scotland and Claire Shufflebotham of TMD Security, who jointly covered the existing fraud definitions published by EAST, and steps being taken to update and simplify the definitions using graphics, as well as the addition of criminal benefits for each fraud type.  Otto de Jong then summarised the event and what would be taken forward for future discusson.

Attendance to the regular EAST EGAF work group meetings is limited and this event enabled active participation and input from a much wider pool of expertise.  Due to the positive response received from delegates, this Terminal Fraud Seminar is expected to be repeated in 2019.

More information on the event, which was sponsored by NCR, can be found on the EAST Events Website


2018 EAST FCS Terminal Fraud Seminar Sponsor



Europol and EBF launch cyberscams awareness campaign

avoid cyberscamsEuropol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the European Banking Federation (EBF) and their partners from the public and private sector have launched the cyberscams awareness campaign (#Cyberscams) as part of the European Cyber Security Month (ECMS). The ECMS is an EU awareness campaign that promotes cyber security among citizens and organisations, highlighting simple steps that can be taken to protect their personal, financial and professional data.

Over the next week, law enforcement agencies from all 28 EU Member States, 5 non- EU Member States, 24 national banking associations and banks and many other cybercrime fighters will be raising awareness about this criminal phenomenon. This pan-European endeavour will be driven by a communication campaign via social media channels and national law enforcement, bank associations and financial institutions.  The EAST Payments Task Force (EPTF) focuses on tackling such cyberscams.

Europol’s Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessemtnt (IOCTA) 2018 recommendations highlight that the most effective defence against social engineering is the education of potential victims – that’s each and every one of us when online! Raising awareness among the general public on how to identify cyberscams will help to protect us and keep our finances safe online.

Awareness-raising material in 27 languages is available for public download – this includes information on the 7 most common online financial scams, and how to avoid them.  These are:

  • CEO fraud: scammers pretend to be your CEO or senior representative in the organisation and trick you into paying a fake invoice or making an unauthorised transfer out of the business account.
  • Invoice fraud: they pretend to be one of your clients/suppliers and trick you into paying future invoices into a different bank account.
  • Phishing/Smishing/Vishing: they call you, send you a text message or an email to trick you into sharing your personal, financial or security information.
  • Spoofed bank website fraud: they use bank phishing emails with a link to the spoofed website. Once you click on the link, various methods are used to collect your financial and personal information. The site will look like its legitimate counterpart, with small differences.
  • Romance scam: they pretend to be interested in a romantic relationship. It commonly takes place on online dating websites, but scammers often use social media or email to make contact.
  • Personal data theft: they harvest your personal information via social media channels.
  • Investment and online shopping scams: they make you think you are on a smart investment… or present you with a great fake online offer.

Some general tips to help avoid falling victim to the above cyberscams are:

  • Check your online accounts regularly.
  • Check your bank account regularly and report any suspicious activity to your bank.
  • Perform online payments only on secure websites (check the URL bar for the padlock and https) and using secure connections (choose a mobile network instead of public Wi-Fi).
  • Your bank will never ask you for sensitive information such as your online account credentials over the phone or email.
  • If an offer sounds too good to be true, it’s almost always a scam.
  • Keep your personal information safe and secure.
  • Be very careful about how much personal information you share on social network sites. Fraudsters can use your information and pictures to create a fake identity or to target you with a scam.
  • If you think that you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank immediately.
  • Always report any suspected fraud attempt to the police, even if you did not fall victim to the scam.

Don’t become a cyberscams victim!  Stay aware and spread the word

46th EAST Meeting hosted by LINK in London

EASTThe 46th Meeting of EAST National Members was hosted by the LINK scheme in London on 9th October 2018. National country crime updates were provided by 18 countries, and a global update by HSBC.  Topics covered included payment fraud and the evolution of payment technology, ATM malware and logical attacks, terminal related fraud attacks and ATM related physical attacks.

Europol gave a presentation which included information on the latest Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) 2018.

Presentations were also given by the EAST Expert Group on All Terminal Fraud (EGAF) and the EAST Expert Group on ATM and ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP).  An update was given by the EAST Payments Task Force (EPTF).

EAST Fraud Update 3-2018 will be produced later this month, based on the national country crime updates provided at the meeting.  EAST Fraud Updates are available on the EAST Website to EAST Members.