Is Your Chip Card Secure? Much Depends on Where You Bank

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:09:24 +0000

Chip-based credit and debit cards are designed to make it infeasible for skimming devices or malware to clone your card when you pay for something by dipping the chip instead of swiping the stripe. But a recent series of malware attacks on U.S.-based merchants suggest thieves are exploiting weaknesses in how certain financial institutions have implemented the technology to sidestep key chip card security features and effectively create usable, counterfeit cards.

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Romanian Skimmer Gang in Mexico Outed by KrebsOnSecurity Stole $1.2 Billion

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 22:00:39 +0000

An exhaustive inquiry published today by a consortium of investigative journalists says a three-part series KrebsOnSecurity published in 2015 on a Romanian ATM skimming gang operating in Mexico’s top tourist destinations disrupted their highly profitable business, which raked in an estimated $20 million a month and enjoyed the protection of top Mexican authorities.

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Report: ATM Skimmer Gang Had Protection from Mexican Attorney General’s Office

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 26 May 2020 21:45:37 +0000

A group of Romanians operating an ATM company in Mexico and suspected of bribing technicians to install sophisticated Bluetooth-based skimmers in cash machines throughout several top Mexican tourist destinations have enjoyed legal protection from a top anti-corruption official in the Mexican attorney general’s office, according to a new complaint filed with the government’s internal affairs division.

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Hidden Cam Above Bluetooth Pump Skimmer

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2019 16:40:24 +0000

Tiny hidden spy cameras are a common sight at ATMs that have been tampered with by crooks who specialize in retrofitting the machines with card skimmers. But until this past week I’d never heard of hidden cameras being used at gas pumps in tandem with Bluetooth-based card skimming devices. Apparently, I’m not alone. “I believe this is the first time I’ve seen a camera on a gas pump with a Bluetooth card skimmer,” said Detective Matt Jogodka of the Las Vegas Police Department, referring to the compromised fuel pump pictured below. Apparently, I’m not alone. “I believe this is the first time I’ve seen a camera on a gas pump with a Bluetooth card skimmer,” said Detective Matt Jogodka of the Las Vegas Police Department, referring to the compromised fuel pump pictured below.

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Meet Bluetana, the Scourge of Pump Skimmers

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:25:32 +0000

“Bluetana,” a new mobile app that looks for Bluetooth-based payment card skimmers hidden inside gas pumps, is helping police and state employees more rapidly and accurately locate compromised fuel stations across the nation, a study released this week suggests. Data collected in the course of the investigation also reveals some fascinating details that may help explain why these pump skimmers are so lucrative and ubiquitous.

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Alleged Chief of Romanian ATM Skimming Gang Arrested in Mexico

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2019 22:44:42 +0000

An alleged top boss of a Romanian crime syndicate that U.S. authorities say is responsible for deploying card-skimming devices at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) throughout North America was arrested in Mexico last week on firearms charges. The arrest comes months after the accused allegedly ordered the execution of a former bodyguard who was trying to help U.S. authorities bring down the group’s lucrative skimming operations.

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Insert Skimmer + Camera Cover PIN Stealer

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2019 03:41:54 +0000

Very often the most clever component of your typical ATM skimming attack is the hidden pinhole camera used to record customers entering their PINs. These little video bandits can be hidden 100 different ways, but they’re frequently disguised as ATM security features — such as an extra PIN pad privacy cover, or an all-in-one skimmer over the green flashing card acceptance slot at the ATM. And sometimes, the scammers just hijack the security camera built into the ATM itself.

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New Breed of Fuel Pump Skimmer? Not Really

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:43:42 +0000

Fraud investigators say they’ve uncovered a sophisticated new breed of credit card skimmers being installed at gas pumps that is capable of relaying stolen card data via mobile text message, thereby enabling fraudsters to collect it from anywhere in the world. One interesting component of this criminal innovation is a small cellphone and Bluetooth-enabled device hidden inside the contactless payment terminal of the pump, which appears to act as a Bluetooth hub that wirelessly gathers card data from multiple compromised pumps at a given filling station.

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