Terminal Physical Attack Definitions launched by 11th EAST EGAP Meeting at Europol

Physical AttackEAST has published new Terminal Physical Attack Definitions and Terminology to help industry and law enforcement when reporting attacks against ATMs and other terminals.  The document was officially launched at the 11th Meeting of the EAST Expert Group on ATM and ATS Physical Attacks (EAST EGAP), which took place on Wednesday 6th March 2019 at Europol in The Hague.  Production of the document was coordinated by EAST EGAP.  The terminal types covered are broadly classified as:

  • ATM – Automated Teller Machine
  • ATS – Automated Teller Safe (also known as a Teller Cash Dispenser or TCD)

The aim is for these physical attack definitions and terminology to be adopted globally by the Industry and Law enforcement when describing or reporting physical attacks on terminals.  A copy of the document is available here.

11TH EAST EGAP Meeting

Advisory Group on Financial ServicesThe 11th Meeting was chaired by Mr Graham Mott of the LINK Scheme and was attended by key representatives from Terminal Deployers, ATM Networks, Security Equipment Vendors and Law Enforcement.  Europol gave a central assessment of the ATM physical attack situation in Europe and National Threat Assessments were shared by representatives from eighteen countries.

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, which meets twice each year, enables 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

EAST EGAP meetings are restricted to working group members and, to provide a wider platform for sharing/discussion, the Group is holding a half-day open seminar in London on 9th October 2019.  Registration for this is now open and more information can be found on the EAST Events website.

EAST EGAP holds 10th Meeting in The Hague

The tenth meeting of the EAST Expert Group on ATM and ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP) took place on Tuesday 4th September 2018 in The Hague.

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 meeting was chaired by Mr Graham Mott of the LINK Scheme and was attended by key representatives from Terminal Deployers, ATM Networks, Security Equipment Vendors and Law Enforcement.  Europol gave a central assessment of the ATM physical attack situation in Europe and National Threat Assessments were shared by representatives from twelve countries.

EAST EGAP, which meets twice each year, enables 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

EAST EGAP meetings are restricted to working group members and, to provide a wider platform for sharing/discussion, the Group is holding a half-day open seminar in London on 10th October 2018.  Registration for this is now open and more information can be found on the EAST Events website.

EAST EGAP holds 9th Meeting at Europol

EAST EGAPThe ninth meeting of the EAST Expert Group on ATM and ATS Physical Attacks (EGAP) took place on Tuesday 6th March 2018 at Europol in The Hague.

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 meeting was chaired by Mr Graham Mott and was attended by key representatives from Terminal Deployers, ATM Networks, Security Equipment Vendors and Law Enforcement.  National threat assessments were shared by representatives from thirteen countries.

EAST EGAP, which meets twice each year, enables 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

EAST EGAP meetings are restricted to working group members and, to provide a wider platform for sharing/discussion, the Group is holding a half-day open seminar in London on 10th October 2018.  Registration for this will soon be open and more information can be found on the EAST Events page.

EAST presents at Vigie Billet meeting

EAST Executive Director Lachlan Gunn gave a presentation at the General Assembly of Vigie Billet at the offices of the French Banking Federation (FBF) in Paris on Thursday 30 November 2017.  Presentations were also given by the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (Central Office Against Organised Crime – OCLO), the General Directorate of the National Gendarmerie (Central Office Against Itinerant Criminals – OCLDI), the Bank of France, the National Institute of Scientific Police (INPS), the Criminal Research Institute of the National Gendarmerie (IRCGN) and the French Association of ATM Providers (AFPAB).

The EAST presentation gave an overview of the latest European crime statistics as published in the most recent European Payment Terminal Crime Report covering the first six months of 2017.

Vigie Billet is a non-profit association created to educate the public and especially retailers of the risks associated with accepting and circulating stained banknotes.  Typically the banknotes are stained by an intelligent banknote neutralisation system (IBNS) which marks all the cash as stolen using a degradation agent when an attempted attack on the system is detected. Ink is a popular agent, which functions by staining cash with a permanent dye. Such marked money is highly conspicuous and cannot be readily used.

Similar initiatives to Vigie Billet outside France are covered by Banknote Watch.

 

 

Viewpoint: Do you know what to do with a stained banknote?

In an EAST website research poll that ran from January to April 2016 67% of respondents stated that they do know what to do with a stained banknote, 6% don’t and 27% are not sure.

On this website EAST provides guidance as to what action you should take if a stained banknote is offered to you or comes into your possession. The action required varies from country to country, as does the legal status of a stained banknote.  The poll results can be seen in the chart below.

EAST Poll Jan-Apr 16
To deter crime, money dispensed by ATMs is increasingly protected by Intelligent Banknote Neutralisation Systems (IBNS).  These systems activate in the event of a robbery or theft, and stain the banknotes (typically red, a purple variant or green).  Stained banknotes are removed from circulation by National Central Banks, but retailers and members of the general public should be aware that if they receive a stained banknote, it is almost certainly a stolen banknote, and should not be accepted.

Image shows banknotes stained with dye

The current website research poll, which closes at the end of August, is on payment security when using mobile phones to pay for goods and services and asks the question – ‘Are you satisfied your payment details are safe when buying goods or services using your mobile phone?’  To take it, and to see all past results, visit the ATM Research Page on this website, or click on the button below.