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Insert Skimmer + Camera Cover PIN Stealer

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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.

Below is the hidden back-end of a skimmer found last month placed over top of the customer-facing security camera at a drive-up bank ATM in Hurst, Texas. The camera components (shown below in green and red) were angled toward the cash’s machine’s PIN pad to record victims entering their PINs. Wish I had a picture of this thing attached to the ATM.

This hidden camera was fixed to the underside of a fake lens cover for the skimmed ATM’s built-in security camera. Image: Hurst Police.

The clever PIN grabber was paired with an “insert skimmer,” a wafer-thin, usually metallic and battery powered skimmer made to be fitted straight into the mouth of the ATM’s card acceptance slot, so that the card skimmer cannot be seen from outside of the compromised ATM.

The insert skimmer, seen as inserted into the card acceptance device in the hacked ATM. Image: Hurst PD.

For reference, here’s a similar card acceptance slot, minus the skimmer.

An unaltered ATM card acceptance slot (without insert skimmer).

Police in Hurst, Texas released a photo taken from footage showing what appears to be a young woman affixing the camera skimmer to the drive-up ATM. They said she was driving a blue Ford Expedition with silver trim on the lower portion of the vehicle.

The skimmer crooks seem to realize that far fewer people are going to cover their hand when entering a PIN at drive-up ATMs. Often the machine is either too high or too low for the driver-side window, and covering the PIN pad to guard against hidden cameras can be a difficult reach for a lot of people.

Nevertheless, covering the PIN pad with a hand, wallet or purse while you enter the PIN is one of the easiest ways to block skimming attacks. The skimmer scammers don’t just want your bank card: They want your PIN so they can create an exact copy of the card and use it at another ATM to empty your checking or savings account.

So don’t be like the parade of people in these videos from hidden cameras at hacked ATMs who never once covered the PIN pad.

Further reading: Woman Caught on Video Installing Skimmer Outside Bank’s ATM in Hurst

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How the Internet Travels Across Oceans by ADAM SATARIANO, KARL RUSSELL, TROY GRIGGS, BLACKI MIGLIOZZI and CHANG W. LEE

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By ADAM SATARIANO, KARL RUSSELL, TROY GRIGGS, BLACKI MIGLIOZZI and CHANG W. LEE

Hundreds of thousands of miles of cable connect continents to support our insatiable demand for communication and entertainment. Companies have typically pooled their resources. Now Google is going its own way.

Published: March 9, 2019 at 06:00PM

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How the Internet Travels Across Oceans by ADAM SATARIANO, KARL RUSSELL, TROY GRIGGS, BLACKI MIGLIOZZI and CHANG W. LEE

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By ADAM SATARIANO, KARL RUSSELL, TROY GRIGGS, BLACKI MIGLIOZZI and CHANG W. LEE

Hundreds of thousands of miles of cable connect continents to support our insatiable demand for communication and entertainment. Companies have typically pooled their resources. Now Google is going its own way.

Published: March 9, 2019 at 06:00PM

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Please, For The Love Of God, Make Sure You Delete Things Properly

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Please, For The Love Of God, Make Sure You Delete Things Properly
Your personal data is not something you want to be leaving behind for other people to find, and totally wiping your activity off devices or the web takes a few more steps than you might have realized.

March 10, 2019 at 04:58PM
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Compra mejor con el Huawei Mate 20 Pro, el smartphone siempre dispuesto a ayudarte

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Por qué MediaTek lo va a tener muy complicado en la gama media

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Aunque los smartphones se parecen cada día más, el mercado sigue estando plagado de terminales muy diferentes, fabricados en distintos materiales, con distintos tamaños y precios, con una o hasta 5 lentes, incluso con sistemas deslizables y cámaras “pop-up”. Por supuesto, los componentes internos son otro gran diferenciador, y el procesador es uno de los más importantes. ¿Sabes quién ha fabricado el que le da vida a tu smartphone? Podemos

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India Fights Diabetic Blindness With Help From A.I. by CADE METZ

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A partnership with Google is part of a global effort to build and deploy systems that can detect signs of illness and disease in medical scans.

Published: March 9, 2019 at 06:00PM

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