Brink's computerized safe was hacked in 1 minute


Next month, security researchers will demonstrate how to crack a modern Brink's safe in seconds.

According to new research set to be demonstrated at the DefCon 23 conference in Las Vegas on Aug. 8, certain models of Brink's CompuSafe digital safes can be exploited to enable an attacker to crack a safe within 60 seconds and steal whatever cash may be stored inside. The model in question is Brink's CompuSafe Galileo, which is intended for use in retail stores as a cash management system.

Get this: it runs Windows XP.

Petro said that he and Salazar literally "smashed" on the keyboard to see what would happen when arbitrary keys were pressed together. Using that smashing technique, the researchers were able to figure out how to escape the kiosk mode.