Police are investigating after thieves hacked three banking machines in the greater Montreal area, making off with an estimated $55,000.
The ATMs — which all belonged to Laurentian Bank — were located in Saint-Jérôme, Saint-Eustache and Terrebonne.
According to Terrebonne police, a technician with the bank called the police around 11:55 p.m. Sunday night to report that an ATM near the corner of Moody and des Seigneurs boulevards was compromised.
Saint-Eustache police confirmed to Radio-Canada that an ATM there was also affected.
Local police have asked the Sûreté du Québec to help with the investigation.
Éric Parent, a cybersecurity specialist and president of EVA-Technologies, told Radio-Canada it was likely the hackers used a machine to clone cards going into the ATM.
“You add a piece of equipment to the ATM’s interface. The ATM itself appears to be intact, but when you put in your card, it’s read by [the hacker’s machine],” he explained.
The equipment usually includes a hidden camera so the thieves can record someone entering their PIN.
The thieves then have access to a copy of the card and the PIN used to access the account, which they can later use to retrieve the money.