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Verifone card readers hacked with a credit card

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first_imgKeeping your credit cards and bank account secure means ensuring your PC is viruse free for online banking, not using an ATM that looks modified, and keeping your cards safe while carrying them around in your wallet. But there’s a new way of gaining access to your card details and we as individuals can do nothing to stop it.It has been discovered that the credit card readers used by retail stores to accept payments can be hacked into and used to collect card details. Worse still, they can be hacked at the counter without anyone realizing the machine has been compromised.Security consultants MWR Inforsecurity discovered that Verifone credit card readers can have their software hacked simply by inserting a modified chip and PIN credit card into the device. This could be carried out in any store with a Verifone reader installed while attempting to pay. The payment wouldn’t work, but that’s not the goal and the hacker could use an alternative payment method once the compromise had been performed.With the software modified, the hacker can leave the machine collecting card details and PIN numbers for a number of hours or days before returning. Inserting another card then downloads those details, again without store staff realizing that anything is happening other than another declined card transaction.Verifone has confirmed this exploit exists for some of its older machines, but that it has closed the hole and is issuing new software to its affected card readers. However, this does show that card readers do pose a security threat, and one that criminals are more than willing to take advantage of.Read more at Channel 4 Newslast_img read more