The Raspberry Pi is a budget-friendly Linux computer system board that features GPIO pins for physical computing and IoT exploration. However, besides this, threat actors also abuse this board for several illicit purposes as well.
Recent arrests in Lubbock involve three men accused of using electronic devices to steal money from regional ATMs, as revealed in court documents from EverythingLubbock.
At a hotel in the 6600 block of I-27 on August 3, the following three accused were arrested:-
- Abel Valdes, 38
- Yordanesz Sanchez, 41
- Carlos Jordano Herrera-Ruiz, 33
Hackers Robbed ATMs Using Raspberry Pi
However, it’s been unveiled that the authorities in Lubbock were already alerted to a group stealing substantial amounts of US currency from ATMs in West Texas, as reported by the Texas Financial Crime Taskforce.
In this event, to access the cash drawer, the trio employed a “Raspberry Pi” device to disable ATM security.
Before the arrest from a 50th Street ATM, the accused had stolen more than $5700 by using Raspberry Pi devices.
Moreover, it’s been detailed in the court documents that authorities found two Raspberry Pi devices in the suspects’ hotel room.
The specific Pi model used by the hackers during this event and their exact use in bypassing security remain unspecified and unconfirmed.
The accused were charged with the following criminal offenses:-
- Unlawful Interception
- Use or Disclosure of Wire
- Oral or Electronic Communications
- Engaging in criminal activity
Besides this, at the moment, the accused trio is in federal detention at the Lubbock County Detention Center.