Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The astonishing sophistication of ATM skimmer criminals

On his superb blog, Brian Krebs has just posted the latest entry in his astonishing series of investigative articles reporting on modern ATM card skimming criminals, and the devices they use to capture ATM data from compromised ATM machines: Pro Grade (3D Printer-Made?) ATM Skimmer.

Looking at the backside of the device shows shows the true geek factor of this ATM skimmer. The fraudster who built this appears to have cannibalized parts from a video camera or perhaps a smartphone (possibly to enable the transmission of PIN entry video and stolen card data to the fraudster wirelessly via SMS or Bluetooth).

Everything Brian Krebs writes is worth reading, but I find these ATM articles to be just gripping. Modern life is so complex!

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