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

The 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.

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