Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hacking banks

Some people have more interesting lives than others. Moran Cerf is one of those people. A french guy who grew up in Tel Aviv and had an interesting way of earning money.

This video is pretty amazing. In his earlier life, he earned his living by breaking into banks. He would hack their system and take around ten-thousand dollars and then contact the bank, return their money and then tell them how to fix the gaping holes in their security. That sounds like a pretty interesting way of drumming up business and honing your hacking skills.

There was one situation where his team got a carte blanche on how they could rob a particular bank, which included the choice of physically breaking into a bank. Whatever method they chose to use, they were free from being punished, which made robbing the bank 'the old-fashioned way' too much of a temptation to pass up. What happened next is best recounted by Moran Cerf himself.

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall while that all went down. I'm sure there's a treatment in there for a film :) Unless he made it up, that's pretty incredible. 

Sometimes life is far more unbelievable than anything you could imagine.