McAfee hires ATM cash hacker

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McAfee hires ATM cash hacker

Creates white hat team.

McAfee, a maker of software to protect companies from cyber attacks, has recruited an elite squad of hackers charged with figuring out ways to break into high-tech gear including heart pacemakers.

The team of five includes Barnaby Jack, a hacker who last year showed off techniques for getting ATMs to spit out cash at the annual Black Hat and Defcon hacking conferences in Las Vegas.

McAfee's new team is led by McAfee Senior Vice President Stuart McClure, who co-authored the book "Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions" and works on breaking into electronic devices in his spare time.

So-called "white hat" hackers identify vulnerabilities in equipment.

McClure declined to identify other members of the hacking squad.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Derek Caney)

 

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