Monday, August 18, 2008

Ireland: 20,000 Credit Cards Skimmed by Opportunistic Data Thieves


Opportunistic data thieves — masquerading as bank technicians — have fooled shop owners into giving them access to credit card terminals and managed to download the details of over 20,000 credit and debit cards, it emerged this morning.

The Irish Payment Services Organisation has warned that individuals pretending to be from Irish banks convinced shop owners they were carrying out maintenance on behalf of banks.

This enabled them to plug in wireless devices that pushed the data to the internet and allowed the card numbers to be used overseas.

The scam has forced banks to restrict cash withdrawals to €100 a day for card holders travelling outside the country.

More here.

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