PSA: Your gas pump may be compromised.

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  1. highland145

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    You could always go in and pay.

    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/One-Gas-Pump-Key-Lets-Thieves-Steal-Your-ID-177999751.html
     
  2. Red Storm

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    How?
     
  3. SandEagle

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    this is news and belongs in P&N. it won't get moved and you won't get an infraction. i guess those rules ONLY APPLY TO ME, even though it wasn't news or politics :hmm:

    http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2281911

    YOU referenced the President AND the election in your post, which makes it P&N so quitcherbitchin.
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  4. highland145

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    You want me to go there willingly?

    It's a public service announcement and many here don't go there, P&N.
     
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    You know, it's starting to look like cash might make a comeback after all. Clearly we don't seem to be able to securely implement card swipes. We have compromised gas pumps, ATMs, POS machines in stores and it's not getting any better.

    It's a hugely lucrative type of crime with almost no risk of getting caught, no wonder it keeps getting worse.
     
  6. highland145

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    Assume it's inline with the card reader and transmits the #.
     
  7. mmntech

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    Guess this only applies to credit cards and not RFID tags like Esso's Speedpass.
     
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    Any idea how widely they are used?
     
  9. Jeff7

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    You could always take the Freakonomics approach to it: If you do get caught doing it, the punishment is execution. Some people will still surely risk it, but it's going to be a hell of a lot more dangerous to do it.


    (In that book, the authors put forth the idea that a way to dramatically reduce drunk driving is by executing anyone who gets a DUI. Draconian, yes. And they weren't suggesting it as practical, but were mainly illustrating a point about what motivates people. But you'd sure see a steep dropoff in drunk driving. :D)



    Sort of.:whiste:
     
  10. DesiPower

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    I fill at Costco, hopefully they are not compromised...
     
  11. CZroe

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    There is a gas station near me where one pump has a replaced card reader with the old one blocked off and rubber protruding from all around the plate added with the keypad. It just SCREAMS "skimmer!" and it's very obvious when comparing it to every other pump.

    The owners will go on and on about how it's legit and there's nothing to be concerned about, like they did when I pointed it out back in 2007. I told them then that even if it wasn't a skimmer, it was still conditioning credit card users to ignore and use equipment like that so that they would more readily accept an actual skimmer when they encounter one. It's now almost 6 years later and it's still there.

    The credit card companies can't be happy that these people are actively undoing all the awareness they try to spread.
     
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    wa, wa, wa

    Anything that you get, you deserve in spades.

    Lucky you do not get slapped for a mod callout.
     
  13. SandEagle

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    i got that too. :(
     
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    :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  15. Auric

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    Surely given the consolidation of banks in recent decades there cannot have been so many unique victims. Oh wait, they are referring to the inconvenienced as victims rather than the defrauded companies who accept such loss as part of doing bidness and especially balanced against the cost of security or "spooking" customers with any changes. And yes, I will call you Shirley.