Infrared tech used in skimming devices

“Insert skimmers” are becoming an ever-growing threat to credit unions, and the technology in these devices is keeping pace with changing times. The ultra-thin fraud devices are made to fit snugly and invisibly inside a cash machine’s card acceptance slot.

“New evidence suggests that at least some of these insert skimmers — which record card data and store it on a tiny embedded flash drive  — are equipped with technology allowing them to transmit stolen card data wirelessly via infrared, the same communications technology that powers a TV remote control,” according to KrebsOnSecurity.

In one alleged instance, skimmers used the hidden device to record time-stamped videos of ATM users entering their PINs and to receive card data recorded and transmitted by the insert skimmer.

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