EAST Publishes European Fraud Update 2-2019

FraudEAST has published its second European Fraud Update for 2019. This is based on country crime updates given by representatives of 16 countries in the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), and 4 non-SEPA countries, at the 48th EAST meeting held at Europol in The Hague on 5th June 2019.

Payment fraud issues were reported by 18 countries. To date in 2019 the EAST Payments Task Force (EPTF) has issued 4 related Payment Alerts.

Two countries reported mobile wallet fraud in relation to Apple Pay. One reported that mobile wallets are fast becoming the new money mules – fraudsters are enrolling cards that are not yet associated to a specific wallet. Another country reported that fraudsters are obtaining security codes through phishing, with which they can then install a mobile banking app on their own smartphone, using the victim’s data. One country reported that fraudsters are increasingly using mobile call centres to call customers from numbers that appear to be genuine, and then are pretending to be bank security staff. This enables them to obtain key personal information and data.

Five countries reported fake websites, mainly in China and other Asian countries – customers place orders for goods, which are never fulfilled, or for services which are never provided. One country reported that the quality of fake websites and fake emails is constantly improving, with fewer language errors and better design and formatting.

ATM malware and logical attacks were reported by 6 countries. They all reported the usage (or attempted usage) of ‘black-box’ devices to allow the unauthorised dispensing of cash. In most cases the attacks were unsuccessful. To date in 2019 the EAST Expert Group on All Terminal Fraud (EGAF) has published 5 related Fraud Alerts.

Card skimming at ATMs was reported by eighteen countries. Five countries reported the continued usage of M3 – Card Reader Internal Skimming devices. The most recent variants are made of transparent plastic. Skimming attacks on other terminal types were reported by six countries, three of which reported such attacks on railway ticket machines. To date in 2019 EAST EGAF has published 8 related Fraud Alerts.

Year to date International skimming related losses were reported in 37 countries and territories outside SEPA and in 4 within SEPA. The top three locations where such losses were reported remain Indonesia, India and the USA.

Eight countries reported cash trapping attacks, two of them reporting decreases in such attacks. Five countries reported card trapping attacks, two of them reporting that such attacks are increasing.

Ram raids and ATM burglary were reported by 10 countries and 9 countries reported explosive gas attacks, 4 of which reported that such attacks are increasing. Seven countries reported solid explosive attacks, two of which are seeing increases in such attacks, and one reported an attack carried out by criminals armed with assault rifles. The spread of such attacks is of great concern to the industry due to the risk to life and to the significant amount of collateral damage to equipment and buildings. To date in 2019 the EAST Expert Group on ATM & ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP) has published 7 related Physical Attack Alerts.

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

Physical ATM Attack Prevention

On 22/23 January 2019 EAST presented at and participated in the EUCPN / Europol Conference on Prevention of ATM Physical Attacks.  A direct output from the event is a recommendation paper on how to prevent such attacks, based on discussions held at the conference. This paper can be downloaded here.  The paper covers:

  • Preventing Physical ATM AttacksFACTORS DETERMINING THE SUCCESS OF
    A PHYSICAL ATM ATTACK
  1. Vulnerability of ATMs
  2. Set- up of an ATM attack
  3. The experience and know- how of the perpetrators
  • NEED FOR A PREVENTIVE APPROACH
  • PREVENTION
  1. Assess the situation
  2. Develop a preventive approach
  3. Implement preventive measures
  4. Reduce the rewards
  5. Increase the risk
  6. Increase the effort
  7. Parallel measures
  • CONCLUSIONS

The EAST Expert Group on ATM and ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP) focuses on preventing such attacks and provides a secure platform where experts from Law Enforcement and the Industry come together to discuss the above.  On 9th October 2019 EAST EGAP will be holding an open FCS Seminar on ATM Physical Attacks for which registration is now open.  This will include an interactive discussion session on ‘Physical Attack Types and Counter-Measures

2019 EAST FCS Seminars – ATM Physical Attacks

Act now to save your place for the ATM Physical Attacks Seminar that will be held by the EAST Expert Group on ATM & ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP) on 9th October 2019.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ATM PHYSICAL ATTACKS SEMINAR

  • ATM Physical AttacksGraham Mott of the LINK Scheme, and Chair of EAST EGAP, will host the ATM Physical Attacks Seminar and run the Town Hall Q & A Session on Physical Attack Types and Counter-Measures;
  • EAST Development Director Rui Carvalho will present the latest Physical Attack Statistics, and will share the current Physical Attack Definitions published by EGAP;
  • and Daniel Zorzo López of the Guardia Civil will provide an assessment of the current attack situation in Spain.

This interactive event follows the basic structure of EAST EGAP Member meetings.  Attendance at EAST EGAP meetings is limited, as it is a working group, and this event enables a wider participation and the opportunity for all attendees to engage with the Group and its organizers.

ATM Physical Attacks

The EAST FCS Seminars will be co-located with RBR’s ATM & Cyber Security 2019 event, although separate registration is required.


2019 EAST FCS ATM Physical Attack Seminar Sponsor

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2019 EAST FCS Seminars – Programme Announcement

EAST FCS

The programme for the 2019 EAST FCS Seminars is now available.

Two concurrent seminars will be held on 9th October 2019:

EAST FCS Terminal Fraud Seminar (organised by the EAST Expert Group on All Terminal Fraud (EGAF)

This interactive event follows the basic structure of EAST EGAF Member meetings.  An introduction to the Group will be followed by a presentation of the latest EAST Fraud Statistics (H1 2019) and a high-level overview of the European situation by Europol.  Then a session will then focus on the terminal fraud situation in four countries/regions, followed by a short discussion.  This will be followed by a practical demonstration of Project Checkcard, aimed at checking the validity of EMV cards, followed by a session topic still tbc.  Attendance at EAST EGAF meetings is limited due to the size of the Group and this event enables a wider participation and the opportunity for all attendees to engage with the Group and its organizers.

EAST FCS ATM Physical Attacks Seminar (organised by the EAST Expert Group on ATM & ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP)

This interactive event follows the basic structure of EAST EGAP Member meetings.  An introduction to the Group will be followed by presentation of the latest EAST Physical Attack Statistics (H1 2019) and recent attack definitions, and a high-level overview of the European situation.  Then a session will focus on the ATM physical attack situation in five countries, which will be followed by a session on banknote infrared recognition.  The event will conclude with a Q&A session on all attack types and counter-measures.  Attendance at EAST EGAP meetings is limited, as it is a working group, and this event enables a wider participation and the opportunity for all attendees to engage with the Group and its organizers.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE TERMINAL FRAUD SEMINAR

Otto de Jong, of ING Bank and Chair of EAST EGAF, will host the Terminal Fraud Seminar and chair the discussion on Threat Assessments – Europe;

Tobias Wieloch, of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), will provide an overview of terminal fraud in Europe from Europol’s perspective;

Arnt Olav Rottereng, of EVRY ATM Services, will update on the terminal fraud situation in the Nordics;

and Tobias Heckmann, Software Developer at the University of Applied Sciences Bingen, will present and demonstrate Project CheckCard, an investigation tool designed to assist law enforcement to validate whether or not a smart card is genuine.

 

ATM Physical Attacks in Europe on the increase

ATM physical attacksEAST has just published a European Payment Terminal Crime Report covering 2018 which reports that ATM physical attacks have risen for the fourth consecutive year.

ATM related physical attacks rose 27% when compared with 2017 (up from 3,584 to 4,549 incidents).  Within this total ATM explosive attacks (including explosive gas and solid explosive attacks) were down 3% (down from 1,081 to 1,052 incidents).  Explosive attacks remain a cause for concern as the number of countries reporting them has risen from ten in 2017 to eleven in 2018.  Such attacks result in extensive collateral damage and can pose a risk to life.

Losses due to ATM related physical attacks were €36 million, a 16% increase from the €31 million reported during 2017.  The average cash loss per explosive or gas attack is estimated at €17,103, the average cash loss for a robbery is estimated at €13,682 per incident and the average cash loss for a ram raid or burglary attack is estimated at €13,198.  These figures do not take into account collateral damage to equipment or buildings, which can be significant and often exceeds the value of the cash lost in successful attacks.

EAST Executive Director Lachlan Gunn said, “The success rate for solid explosive attacks is of particular concern – we estimate that the average cash loss per solid explosive attack is €27,065.  Such attacks continue to spread geographically with two countries reporting them for the first time in early 2019.  Our Expert Group on ATM and ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP) is actively monitoring the situation and provides a cross-border platform for the industry and law enforcement to share related intelligence and measures that can be taken to mitigate the risks.”

Payment terminal related fraud attacks fell 36% when compared with 2017 (down from 20,971 to 13,511 incidents).  This fall was mainly driven by a 26% decrease in card skimming incidents (down from 2,556 to 1,883 incidents) and by a 66% fall in transaction reversal fraud incidents (down from 14,098 to 4,843 incidents).

Losses due to payment terminal related fraud attacks fell 30% when compared with 2017 (down from €353 million to €247 million).  Within these totals international skimming losses fell by 27% (down from €280 million to €205 million) and domestic skimming losses were down 44% (from €64 million to €36 million).

A total of 157 ATM malware and logical attacks were reported, down from 192 in 2017, an 18% decrease.  156 of the attacks were logical attacks where equipment typically referred to as a ‘black box’ is used to send dispense commands directly to the ATM cash dispenser in order to cash-out the ATM.  Related losses were down 70%, from €1.52 million to €0.45 million.

A summary of the report statistics under the main headings is in the table below.

The full Crime Report is available to EAST Members (National and Associate)

EAST Publishes European Fraud Update 1-2019

European Fraud Update 1-2019EAST has published its first European Fraud Update for 2019.  This is based on country crime updates given by representatives of 17 countries in the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), and 4 non-SEPA countries, at the 47th EAST meeting held in Lisbon on 6th February 2019.

Payment fraud issues were reported by 20 countries.  Three countries reported phishing attacks. One of them reported that the fraudsters are managing to obtain online banking credentials and one time passwords (OTPs) for cash withdrawals at ATMs, as well as managing to make minor purchases through digital payment apps.  Another country reported criminals taking remote control of people’s computers and then gaining access to their bank account(s).  This has led to a consumer awareness campaign highlighting that, in addition to never asking for a customer’s PIN, banks will also never ask for remote PC access to be allowed.  One country reported that, since mobile operators started to implement new services, there has been a growing trend of SIM card duplication.  The SIM cards of phones used for financial transaction authorisation are duplicated, ensuring that the original phone does not work.  This means that the OTPs are sent to the duplicate phone, not the genuine one.

ATM malware and logical attacks were reported by 8 countries.  Three of the countries reported ATM related malware and one of them advised that a new malware variant ‘HelloWorld’ was found.  Eight countries reported the usage (or attempted usage) of ‘black-box’ devices to allow the unauthorised dispensing of cash.  To date in 2019 the EAST Expert Group on All Terminal Fraud (EGAF) has published two related Fraud Alerts.

Card skimming at ATMs was reported by fourteen countries.  One country reported the first use of a mini M2 – Throat Inlay Skimming Device.  Two countries reported skimming related arrests.  Skimming attacks on other terminal types were reported by 5 countries, three of which reported such attacks on unattended payment terminals (UPTs) at petrol stations and two reported attacks using POS terminals.  To date in 2019 EAST EGAF has published three related Fraud Alerts.

Six countries reported cash trapping attacks, one of them reporting that criminals continue to switch their focus from transaction reversal fraud (TRF) attacks to cash trapping.

Ram raids and ATM burglary were reported by 8 countries and 9 countries reported explosive gas attacks.  Nine countries also reported solid explosive attacks, and this type of attack continues to spread with 4 countries reporting such attacks for the first time.  The spread of such attacks is of great concern to the industry due to the risk to life and to the significant amount of collateral damage to equipment and buildings.  To date in 2019 the EAST Expert Group on ATM & ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP) has published five related Physical Attack Alerts.  EAST EGAP has also just published new Terminal Physical Attack Definitions and Terminology to help industry and law enforcement when reporting attacks against ATMs and other terminals.  These can be downloaded from the EAST website.

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

2019 EAST FCS Seminars – Save The Date!

The 2019 EAST Financial Crime & Security (FCS) Seminars will be held on Wednesday 9th October 2019, at the Park Plaza, Victoria, London, UK.  Save the date!  Register now to get the Early Bird Registration Rate and save £100 on the Standard Registration Rate! (see current 2019 prices here)

Early Registration deadline – Monday 19th August 2019

Two concurrent seminars will be held:

To view last year’s EAST FCS programme and speakers or to check the venue details please visit our events website: www.east-events.org

These events will be co-located with RBR’s ATM & Cyber Security 2019 event, although separate registration is required.

FCS Seminars

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 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

 

Card fraud losses fall to 13 year low

EAST has just published a European Payment Terminal Crime Report covering the first six months of 2018 which reports 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.

EAST Executive Director Lachlan Gunn said, “The significant drop in card skimming incidents and losses reflects the continued effectiveness of EMV, as well as the work that has been put in by payment terminal deployers and card issuers with regard to counter-measures such as geo-blocking, fraud monitoring capabilities and fraud detection. Europe led the way with EMV, which is now a global standard, and all stakeholders in the payment card industry are benefitting from the increased security.”

Logical attacks against ATMs were down 46% (from 114 to 61) and all the reported ‘jackpotting’ attacks were ‘black box’ attacks.  Related losses were down 83% (from €1.51 million to €0.25 million) reflecting the fact that many of these attacks are unsuccessful.

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.

The average cash loss per explosive or gas attack is estimated at €14,748, the average cash loss for a robbery is €14,613 per incident and the average cash loss for a ram raid or burglary attack is €12,275.  These figures do not take into account collateral damage to equipment or buildings, which can be significant and often exceeds the value of the cash lost in successful attacks.

A summary of the report statistics under the main headings is in the table below.

card fraud

The full Crime Report is available to EAST Members (National and Associate)