EAST EGAP holds 14th Meeting

The 14th Meeting of the EAST Expert Group on ATM and ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP) took place on Wednesday 2nd September 2020.  Due to the Covid-19 situation, it was conducted as a virtual meeting and was chaired by Graham Mott of  the LINK Scheme.

The meeting was attended by 40 key representatives from Law Enforcement, Terminal Deployers, ATM Networks and Security Equipment Vendors.

  • Europol gave a central assessment of the ATM physical attack situation in Europe.
  • The ECB gave an update on the latest developments of its Intelligent Banknote Neutralisation (IBNS) Policy.
  • National Threat Assessments were shared by representatives from 15 countries:
CountryUpdate(s) Given By
AustriaPayment Services Austria (PSA)
CroatiaMUP - Ministry of the Interior
FranceGendarmerie - OCLDI
IrelandAn Garda Siochana
LuxembourgService de Police Judiciare
NetherlandsNational Police, ING Bank
PortugalPolicia Judiciare, Policia de Seguranca Publica
South AfricaSABRIC
SpainSpanish National Police, Guardia Civil, Autonomous Police of Catalonia
SwitzerlandFederal Office of Police (FEDPOL)
United KingdomSaferCash/West Midlands Police (ROCU)

Experts from the following organisations also contributed to the meeting:  ATM Safe, Barclays, Cennox, Diebold Nixdorf, Feerica S.A., HSBC, NCR, Oberthur Cash Protection, Professional Witnesses Group, Scotia Security Group, Spinnaker, TMD Security.

EAST EGAP is a European specialist expert forum for discussion of ATM and ATS 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

ECB reports an overall increase in Card Fraud, although fraud at ATMs is down

ECB_EN_RGBThe European Central Bank (ECB) has just published its 4th Report on Card Fraud, covering 2013.  The report analyses developments in fraud related to card payment schemes (CPSs) in the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) and covers almost the entire card market.

The total value of fraudulent transactions conducted using cards issued within SEPA and acquired worldwide amounted to €1.44 billion in 2013, which represented an increase of 8% from 2012. In relative terms (i.e. as a share of the total value of transactions) fraud rose by 0.001 percentage point to 0.039% in 2013, up from 0.038% in 2012.  66% of the value of fraud resulted from card-not-present (CNP) payments (i.e. payments via the internet, post or telephone), 20% from transactions at POS terminals and 14% from transactions at ATMs.

The increase was due to CNP fraud, which saw €958 million in fraud losses in 2013. ATM and POS fraud fell –  card fraud committed at ATMs was down 13.7% when compared to 2012, the first time in four years that ATM fraud fell, while fraud committed at POS terminals was down by 7.9%.

The lower level of ATM fraud was due mainly to a substantial decrease in card-not-received and counterfeit fraud for this category. Counterfeit fraud accounted for 45% of the value of fraud at ATMs and POS terminals, while fraud using lost or stolen cards made up 43%. As observed in previous years, counterfeit fraud was predominant for transactions acquired in countries outside SEPA.

The full report can be downloaded from the ECB website.