It seems that Generation Z is fast closing up the wisdom gap on previous age groups.
News has come out that a pair of 14-year-olds from Winnipeg recently managed to crack the security of a Bank of Montreal ATMby simply applying the instructions found on an old operators manual that they had found online.
The boys, named Matthew Hewlett and Caleb Turon, are Grade 9 students. Last week, they stumbled upon a document, which possessed a simple lookingprocedure to put an Automatic Teller Machine into operator’s mode. Their curiosity got the better of them, and they headed to a local Safeway store to test their new findings.
To their amazement, the instructions given on the ATM worked like a charm as they were easily able to bypass the ATM security.
"We thought it would be fun to try it, but we were not expecting it to work,” Hewlett told the Winnipeg Sun. “When it did, it asked for a password.”
Clueless about what to enter, they tried their luck with the default password combination they had found in the manual and were astonished to see it work. Apparently, BMO hadn't changed the six-digit "default password"required to gain entrance into its backstage. The loophole in their system hadn't been exploited because everyone assumed that the bank would not be dumb enough to keep in operation a code (believed to be 123456) that is not just public knowledge, but one of the first combinations any guesser would enter.However, it turns out that Canada's fourth-largest bank is just that dumb.
Meanwhile, the boys were ecstatic but weren't looking to use their newfound ability into garnering illicit financial gains. Instead, the good eggs immediately reported the matter to BMO, who gave more proof of their rigid stupidity by completely rejecting the boys' account. To prove their claim, the teenagers then went back to the ATM and printed out a bunch of documents that only someone with special access is able to.
This time, the branch manager not only believed them, but also wrote a note for them to show to their school authorities for being late that day.
According to the Sun, it said: "Please excuse Mr. Caleb Turon and Matthew Hewlett for being late during their lunch hour due to assisting BMO with security."
While, Hewlett and Turon's dual display of intelligence and honesty is commendable, the fact that big corporations like BMO could have such holes in their security system is extremely unsettling. If a bunch of school going students with no hacking knowledge can exploit it, just imagine what pro hackers can do to them.