Security and Privacy

New Card Skimmer Attaches To POS Card Readers

Just when you thought it could not get any sneakier for evil doers to steal your information this comes up. Now Skimmers are setting up to look like the actual card reader by layering their system on top of the reader.

Brian Krebs has found a fascinating example of a card skimmer – essentially a machine that steals your credit card number – that masquerades as a real POS terminal. The skimmer fits over the ubiquitous Verifone POS reader and even reads key-presses. It is virtually indistinguishable from the actual POS card reader and can be slipped on and off without the retailer’s knowledge – or, more chillingly, with the retailer’s consent.

Heck, thieves don’t even need skimmers. Sometimes they can simply install new software onto cash registers, giving them backdoor access to all transactions.

So as you go shopping please check the machines you are swiping on, you jest never know.


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