ATM skimmers: Now with SMS notification built right in - ZDnet
This will make it even easier to Swipe your Card Information! According to ZDNet, criminals can now upgrade (for only $8500) their ATM Skimmers with a SMS Notification built right into the unit. For those outside of the know, an ATM skimmer sits on credit/debit card machines and swipes information as unsuspecting civilians pass their cards through.
Why risk getting arrested during the retrieval process?
Now there's a better way.
In the days of old, scammers would have to physically retrieve the skimmer in order to acquire all that precious information; now, models with built-in SMS notification are becoming available, meaning that numbers, expiration dates and that easy-to-forget three digit code on the back can be shot out instantly after the data is snatched. Word on the street has these devices going for $8,500 a pop, and they can dish out around 2,000 texts. That's $17.50 per text if they're paying $8500 and getting 2000. Still...it costs less than bail!
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How does the device work, and how many SMS messages is it capable of sending without recharging the battery?The manufacturer seems to be a group of experienced ATM skimmers that have applied a great deal of security measures in order to ensure that their customers don’t get caught while retrieving the data. For instance, in one of the cases they seem to have been observing how would the police react upon detecting the skimmer, and “just like they thought” while they were patiently waiting for someone to retrieve the device and bust him, the skimmed data has already been SMS-ed. Interestingly, not every average credit card thief will be able to purchase the device unless he has recommendations and is a known “usual suspect” (continue reading)“Our skimmers read out the magnetic strip in two ways, there and back. The skimmer reads off the streap in both ways if thereis 2 tracks. The skimmers reads off the strip even if there is only 2tracks on the strip (that happens with electrons’). The data can beread off even if a holder passes the card changing speed or with a jerk. The skimmers fail-safely reads off data: 9,999 tries of 10,000 are successful. It works even if a holder passes the card fast and then slow it down. The only situation when the skimmers fails is when the card is stopped in the middle while being passed. It’s a typical error for all card reading devices linked to the magnetic stripes read off technology.
All devices are powered with Li-on batteries. The charger is delivered with devices. The battery can works fully 24 hours (when the temperature is 21 degrees centigrade). We conducted the test on the maximum number of SMS sent using one battery. The result is really great: 1,856 SMS were sent without any charging. The tester were passing a card permanently without any pauses from 03 a.m. to 5 p.m. Usually during a day the number of holders is less than 1,856 and the Skimmers is in the waiting mode, consuming less energy. So, in the normal mode one battery can work 24 hours.”