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StarForce offers anti reverse-engineering tools for ATM software vendors


New ATM security recommendations will highlight 'Reverse-Engineering' threat from criminals

The Automated Teller Machine Industry Association (ATMIA - www.atmia.com), an international non-profit organisation, is about to publish its "Best Practice Manual" to enhance the operational security of ATM software.

The document will focus attention on ATM software security because ATMIA sees evidence that criminals are targeting ATM software as a new frontier of fraud. Software reverse-engineering will be highlighted as one of the most dangerous threats.

While the industry is on the verge of new security recommendations StarForce Technologies, the leading vendor of software protection tools, offers professional anti reverse-engineering tools for ATM software vendors. Protecting applications installed on ATMs requires attention through the whole software lifecycle, starting with the development phase and continuing during patching of already installed programs.

Reverse-Engineering (RE) is the process of discovering the technological principles of a system through analysis of its structure, function and operation. In terms of software it can also be seen as "going backwards through the development cycle". The purpose is to deduce design decisions from end products with little or no additional knowledge about the structure and algorithms of the investigated application.

Nowadays RE is an essential instrument in hackers hands to circumvent software systems for various purposes. Most of the modern well-known software security breaches were made using RE.

Unprotected applications can be easily reversed-engineered by even an intermediate level hacker. Once the RE process is complete the hacker understands how an application works and is able to bring new functionality or utilise the application for his own needs. This is the most dangerous threat as the ATM owner/operator may not discover the system penetration for some time. While everything is working normally the fact that the system has been cracked is hidden but the fraudster can launch the malware mechanism at any time.

StarForce tools transform executable code into StarForce virtual machine instructions, making analysis and modification of the software code considerably more difficult for any hacker.

The following anti reverse-engineering technologies are utilized:

  • Obfuscation
  • Program code virtualization
  • Protection against debuggers
  • Self checks of integrity
  • Protection against modifications of application

According to an ATMIA survey, Microsoft Windows covers 84-2% of all ATM operational systems. StarForce has worked with the Windows platform since 1998 and protected many thousands of application in various industry sectors.


The ATM Industry Association is a global non-profit trade association with over 2,200 members in 60 countries. Its mission is to promote ATM convenience, growth and usage worldwide, protect the ATM industry's assets, interests, good name and public trust; and provide education, best practices, political voice and networking opportunities for member organizations.

About StarForce Technologies

StarForce Technologies (www.star-force.com) is a leading vendor of information protection, copy protection and code obfuscation solutions for software, electronic content and audio/video files. Since 2000, StarForce has been successfully developing and implementing its state-of-the-art security solutions, providing copyright and intellectual property protection worldwide. Two of these solutions were transformed into StarForce cloud services: sfcontent.com protects e-Documents against illegal copying and distribution and sfletter.com secures emails.

StarForce is a reliable and responsible Technological Partner for enterprises potentially incurring losses due to cyber-gangs, hackers, software piracy, unauthorized data access and information leaks. StarForce’s customers are Russian Railways, Corel, 1C, Mail.ru, Aeroflot, SUN InBev Russia, AMD Labs, ATC International, MediaHouse, Russobit M, New Disc, Buka, Snowball, 2Play, GFI, CENEGA, Akella, etc.

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