So now, if he’s got $8,500 to drop on the top of the line scam gear, the asshole who just jacked your card number and PIN doesn’t even have to come back to the scene of the crime to retrieve it.
The folks at Zero Day uncovered a bunch of promotional material for the SMS-capable skimmer, which can send up to 1,856 coded numbers via a standard GSM SIM card for 24 hours on a single charge. The skimmer replaces an ATM’s normal card reader, and is even painted with the exact same pigments and techniques used by the real manufacturer.
Brenner told The Daily Telegraph that criminals have doctored chip and PIN machines either during manufacturing in China or shortly after leaving the production line in order to send shopper credit card account details overseas. The devices were then expertly resealed and exported to Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Belgium.
Hundreds of devices have been copying credit and debit card details over the past nine months and sending the data by way of mobile phone networks to tech-savvy criminals in Lahore, Pakistan, The Telegraph reports.
MasterCard International has alerted stores in affected areas and determined doctored devices can most easily be revealed by virtue of weighing an extra three to four ounces due to the additional parts they contain. MasterCard first uncovered the plot at the start of the year after detecting suspicious charges to British and other European accounts.
We all really are living in a low-rent cyberpunk novel. The only reason we (fsvo “we”) don’t generally notice it is that anyone such things happen to on a regular basis is done for in fairly short order. (If your chance of surviving a given day is 99/100, your chance of surviving a whole year is about 1/40.)