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07 July 2010, 15:59

Security expert once more threatened with arrest for giving talk - Update

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Credit card teaser A talk on cash machine security, scheduled for the security conference Hack In The Box has had to be cancelled at the last minute. Italian security expert Raoul Chiesa, who works for various organisations including the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), had been planning to deliver a talk entitled "The Underground Economy", showing how criminals are able to cash in by exploiting security vulnerabilities in ATMs.

According to a report by, Chiesa had informed the manufacturers well in advance. Rather than fixing the problem the manufacturers eventually threatened to have the security expert arrested. Ironically, Chiesa has already delivered a very similar talk at other conferences including NullCom 2010. However, the slide showing the cash machine interface does appear to have been removed from the publicly viewable slides used for the NullCom presentation.

Update - The H has been contacted by Raoul Chiesa referring to an ATM Media Services press release which states that he was not threatened by the manufacturers. Chiesa apparently withdrew his presentation from the conference both for ethical reasons, having now decided not to make public disclosures of vulnerabilities, and because of other commitments at the time the talk was scheduled. Chiesa says he does not know how the 'threat' rumour got started.


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