Hackers can scan info from a distance

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  1. sobore
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    sobore Gold Member

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    http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130518/LIVING/705189995/-1/blog07

    At some point between the time she disembarked from a recent cruise in Miami and returned to Carmel, Ind., someone decided to go shopping with Jody Tzucker's credit card.

    She suspects that the criminals may have skimmed her Visa account information while she was filling up her gas tank in South Florida. Or maybe not.

    Hackers don't even have to see your credit card to access the information on it. They can scan it from a safe distance.

    One of the latest threats are wireless attacks that siphon your credit card number, personal information and passwords. Anything with a radio-frequency identification chip, including your passport or a credit card, can be read from afar.

    Thieves can also mine valuable data from your smartphone when it automatically logs on to a Wi-Fi network.

    There are a few simple ways to thwart these wireless assaults, including new luggage products and some common-sense steps.

    Read More: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20130518/LIVING/705189995/-1/blog07
     
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    more likely a scanner at the pump

    yet another case of accurate reporting

    DTWBOB
     
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    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise. Another Christopher Elliot article about a traveler being scammed (supposedly).

    Tzucker seems to think that it was scammed in South Florida. Where did she use it in South Florida. What types of things were charged to the account? How much was charged?

    The article seems to be nothing more than an advertisement for 'Escape the Wolf' company.
     
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    I'd like to understand what this "They can scan it from a safe distance." is supposed to be... Does that mean scan magnetic strip?RFID? Hack the terminal? Replace the terminal? Hack the shop site? Hack the intermediary? This article is so full of BS and non-information, the guy's rights to keyboard access should be revoked.
     
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