Michael found this festive “I Rish I Was Drunk” button in an Old Navy store earlier this month. The fine print at the bottom warns, “Not intended for 12 years and under.” Ages thirteen and up? Pass the Guinness, apparently. [More]
Kelly sent us these pics of a card skimmer he found yesterday on a Bank of America ATM in Atlanta. He writes, “I asked the police what to do; they said give it to the bank. I asked the bank what to do, they said give it to the police. I assume that no one has established standard procedures to handle this kind of thing yet.” Well if nothing else, send us a photo! Then we can publicize it for other readers, which is how Kelly found it in the first place: “I would have not even recognized it or known to look for it had I not read the article on your website a week earlier about what to look for.” Full size pics below.
SmallWorldPodcast interviewed El Mariachi, a man who commits online fraud and identity theft. The interview reveals details about another scammer, Dillinger, who was involved with the ATM hacks of the ill-fabled “Russian Connection” scandal.
Oh, this is just classic. Phishers are now trying to capitalize on the PIN block crisis.
Small World’s Bazooka Joe interviews “John Dillinger,” a debit card hacker who participated in the infamous “Russian Connection” ATM hack scandal. He discusses how he and others hacked millions of debit card accounts and why the story never makes the mainstream news.
Watch out when using the debit card at the gas pump. Some banks will “block out” $50-$75 on your card until the transaction clears.
Hey, remember all those debit cards and PINs that got stolen and stuff? Where hackers got into Office Max, made off with debit card accounts and encrypted PIN codes, decrypted the PINs, made counterfeit ATM cards, and withdraw lots of money and large amounts of people were forced to get their ATM card changed without anyone telling them the real reason why? Well, apparently Citigroup remembers too. Eventually.
“Following an extensive review of its security systems, OfficeMax says it has no reason to believe it was the company that suffered the data breach that resulted in thousands of cases of debit card fraud,” in a CNET report pointed to us by reader John.
“The banking industry is less than halfway through this latest scam, which will continue to affect large numbers of cardholders.”
The ATM PIN block attacks has other consequences besides just your money getting siphoned off by scammers 2,000 miles away.
Two stories giving some perspective on the ATM break:
Would you like to see something scary?