If you haven’t heard of Bluetooth-enabled skimming devices before, you definitely need to read this article. These devices are being used to steal card information. A recent scam resulted in cyber criminals making off with more than $2 million.
Skimming devices are typically installed inside gas pumps or fixed to ATM’s so that they aren’t detectable by the victims using the machines. By installing Bluetooth-enabled skimming devices, the cyber criminals are making their lives easier – the devices never have to be physically removed, because all of the data can be accessed remotely.
* Cybercrime exploding
* Social engineering on the rise
* Two thirds of UK citizens don’t have computer security
Terry is a former medical assistant-turned-certified life coach who writes about health, wellness and the power of positive thinking.
How would you feel if you went to the grocery store and found out at the checkout line that you had no money in your bank account? Normally this is embarrassing enough, but what if you knew that you should have money in the account?
As employees acquire more and more remote devices, such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones, it becomes increasingly more difficult for companies to protect the devices and the valuable data stored within each one. A recent study showed that companies are often still unprepared when it comes to security breaches and providing their employees with remote support technology.
This is big! The UN has passed a draft resolution on ‘potential threats to human rights such as the right to privacy in the digital age’. The draft was passed by a vote, with the UN calling upon its members to ‘review their procedures, practices and legislation regarding the surveillance of communications, their interception and collection of personal data, including mass surveillance, interception and collection, with a view to upholding the right to privacy by ensuring the full and effective implementation of all their obligations under international human rights law”.
It looks like Christmas is being heralded with another massive credit/debit card hack. US retailer, Target, has issued a statement saying that its systems were breached between November 27th and up until December 15th.
The company said: “We began investigating the incident as soon as we learned of it. We have determined that the information involved in this incident included customer name, credit or debit card number, and the card’s expiration date and CVV (the three-digit security code).”
D-Link, the mega networking manufacturer, has issued an alert for some of its Internet routers. Its routers are used widely, with many Internet Service Providers sending them out to customers so they can get online.
There’s been a fair amount of criticism around Facebook’s Graph Search Feature. The majority of the claims have been around the transparency it offers anyone who wants to interact with or look into your network.
You may have heard of the Adobe hack which
was declared at the beginning of October. At the time Adobe estimated that almost
3 million personal details had been
compromised. Just a few days ago the company said that hackers had gained
access to 38 million encrypted accounts including credit and debit card
Researchers at the UK’s University of Sussex have discovered how to hack into contactless payment cards, also known as near field communications. The process, known as skimming, was carried out with off-the-shelf equipment bought from a hardware store.