Mexican Politician Removed Over Alleged Ties to Romanian ATM Skimmer Gang

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2021 16:25:08 +0000

The leader of Mexico’s Green Party has been removed from office following allegations that he received money from a Romanian ATM skimmer gang that stole hundreds of millions of dollars from tourists visiting Mexico’s top tourist destinations over the past five years. The scandal is the latest fallout stemming from a three-part investigation into the organized crime group by KrebsOnSecurity in 2015.

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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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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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Secret Service Warns of Surge in ATM ‘Wiretapping’ Attacks

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2018 20:45:41 +0000

The U.S. Secret Service is warning financial institutions about a recent uptick in a form of ATM skimming that involves cutting cupcake-sized holes in a cash machine and then using a combination of magnets and medical devices to siphon customer account data directly from the card reader inside the ATM.

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