Raid on Romanian Bank Card Skimming Ring
Kevin Poulsen writes on Threat Level:
Police in Romania this week swooped in on 19 members of an alleged international credit and debit card skimming ring that’s been active in Switzerland, Italy, France, and the U.S., according to local reports.More here.
Romania’s national Directorate for Countering Organized Crime staged 23 coordinated raids Tuesday, most of them in the city of Craiova, according to the Gazeta de Sud. The police found fake ATM components, card readers, five luxury cars, lots of cash, 100 cloned cards, documents showing wire transfers, and at least one handgun.
The police had been secretly watching the gang for 9 months, and moved in after intercepting a package Tuesday containing 31 tiny circuit boards designed to surreptitiously intercept and store data from magstripe swipes.