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Default passwords strike again!

Amusing article in the
Winnipeg Sun. A couple of “computer whiz” grade 9 kids used a search engine to find an operators manual for the ATM at their local grocery store. In the manual, there are instructions for signing into the ATM as an admin, along with a default password.

Lo and behold, the BMO bank machine still used the default admin password, so the kids got it. Now these are nice kids, so they visited the local branch, explained the problem and made sure that the problem was fixed. No harm done, and instead rather a good deed.

What’s interesting here is that in this day and age, a *bank* was so lax about security as to leave a *cash machine*, which is protected by exactly *zero* physical security and is installed in a public place, with a *default administrator password*.

I can’t think of a more clear cut use case for deploying a Privileged Access Management solution. This password should have been a long, pseudo-random, daily string — not a factory default.

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