Cybersecurity expert Benjamin Tedesco who was touring Vienna was hanging out in Main Square, near the metro station when he walked up to an ATM machine. He decided to give the ATM reader a little pull, as he is very suspicious about such machines. The reader came out with a working skimmer that was designed exactly to like the same card slot on the original machine.
“It pays to be paranoid,” he said.
Later, Tedesco pulled off the skimmer while taking some pictures of it. He plans to go ahead and try reverse engineering once he reaches home (probably with the credit card data still on it). The pinhole camera that the hackers used to seize PIN codes have been noticed by some Reddit users, in addition, to a feature that allows the entire cards be stolen in seconds.
As a cautionary measure, please ensure to check the ATM before using it. There are triggers in place that are basically meant to stop the installation of tools like these. However, there are times that they don’t work and hackers are getting shrewder. Even if it feels strange, always push, rub and pull ATMs in the wild.
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