You’ve probably seen news clips talking about a compromised ATM or point-of-sale device that is being used to collect credit card or debit card credentials. These ‘skimmers’ capture the magnetic stripe and PIN code information.
In an ArsTechnica article by Sean Gallagher, a couple of researchers have created the ‘SkimReaper’ device to thwart these skimmers.
There were four types of skimmers found during the study.
The NYPD and some other police agencies have signed up to use this new SkimReaper, and during initial testing, it had a 100% detection rate; pretty impressive! I still can’t help but think that if all these clever crooks helped out with some of our bigger world problems, we’d all be better off! – CMW