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Tuesday tidbits (on a Weds)

Folks, I found time to post a couple of items for your consideration:

An older, easier to spot skimmer.

The Evolution of ATM Skimmers

In a little over a decade, ATM skimmers have gone from urban myth to a wildly complex, ever-evolving suite of technologies that has the potential to be the worst nightmare of anyone with a bank account. Here’s a look at how quickly skimmers have evolved—and why they’re increasingly impossible to spot.Read more..

* CryptoWall surpasses CryptoLocker in infection rates

According to the threat analysis, CryptoWall is “the largest and most destructive ransomware threat on the Internet” and is expected to “continue growing.” But Jarvis expects “to see ransomware that ‘destroys files’ become the new normal.” In fact, the most of the major ransomware families, such as Reveton and Urausy, “are evolving into more sophisticated threats in parallel with those like CryptoWall and CryptoLocker.“” Read more..

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Today’s quote:Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.” ~ Aldous Huxley

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September 3, 2014 - Posted by | advice, consumer electronics, cyber crime, News, security, tech | , , ,


  1. I go to my bank approx. once a month and withdraw sufficient cash.
    And then when I go shopping or to the movie or whatever I pay with cash.

    Next year I go to US for a little more than a month and I hope I can do the same there.

    br nh


    Comment by hjbjrg | September 3, 2014 | Reply

    • hjbjrg,
      For me, the “straw” was when they put the RF chip in cards (and smart folks had to wrap their wallets in lead). But yes, “skimmers” are pocket sized (your waiter or waitress?) and cheap.

      I only use cash, and I hope they don’t take our cash away from us, as I see signs of on the horizon..

      You should see the looks I get when I suggest people cut up their cards. Like I have two heads, or something.

      But skimmers found on local gas pumps allows me to look at them like they have two heads, ya’ know? (Perspective.)

      Numerous headlines keep us aware: “PoS” (Point of Sale) devices are not secure, the networks they run on are not secure, and the backend databases are not secure. (Yeah. Let’s use that. Cuz it’s so convenient.)


      Comment by techpaul | September 3, 2014 | Reply

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