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TechnologyA new app can detect Bluetooth credit card skimmers on gas pumps

16:45  14 august  2019
16:45  14 august  2019 Source:   techcrunch.com

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A skimmer inside a gas pump or ATM can steal the information off the magnetic stripe of your credit card or debit card . Blue skimming is tough to detect , says Karl Sigler, threat intelligence manager at Trustwave SpiderLabs Research. Sigler has tried to do spot skimmers by checking the Bluetooth

Credit card skimmers are getting more advanced -- but that's making them easier to detect .

A team of computer scientists has built a new app that can wirelessly detect credit card skimmers, often found discreetly placed on gas pumps and bank ATMs.

Gone are the days where entire card skimmers would take over the front facade of an entire cash machine. Credit card skimmers are tiny, almost invisible — and many contain Bluetooth wireless capabilities, meaning skimming operators can install their credit card data-stealing skimmers just once and never have to take apart a gas pump again. Instead, criminals can just pull up in their car and wirelessly download the stolen card data.

Skimmers are also often connected to the magnetic stripe reader or the keypad, not only to steal your credit card number but also your PIN and ZIP codes.

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Cellphone bluetooth sensors can detect the presence of credit card skimmers in gas pumps . The mobile phone Bluetooth scanner is a potentially useful way to lower the risk of exposure to some popular kinds of credit card skimmers , but it is not fool-proof, and it is prone to both false negatives

After credit card skimmers were discovered at the gas station at the corner of Tylersville and Cincinnati Dayton roads, the owner changed the locks and began checking the pumps twice a day. Now, Butler County officials are suggesting drivers download an app that can detect the Bluetooth

This new app, dubbed Bluetana, developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, can detect Bluetooth-enabled skimmers without having to dismantle vulnerable gas pumps.

By detecting Bluetooth signatures, the app aims to find more skimmers without flagging false positives, like speed-limit signs and fleet tracking systems, said Nishant Bhaskar, a PhD student and one of the researchers. Many skimmers use the same components, which when detected can indicate the presence of a skimmer. The prefix of the Bluetooth device's unique MAC address is then compared to a hit list of prefixes known to be used by skimmers recovered by law enforcement. The app also uses signal strength is a "reliable way" to determine if a Bluetooth skimmer device is located near a gas pump.

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A viewer reached out to us asking if a sequence of letters or numbers show up on the Bluetooth device list when a skimmer is staking out a gas pump . New hard to detect credit card skimmers - Продолжительность: 3:18 KGUN9 31 113 просмотров.

Use a gas pump closer to the front of the store. Thieves often place skimmer at the gas pumps farther away from the store so they are not noticed as quickly. Use a credit card instead of a debit card . Credit cards have better fraud protection, and the money is not deducted immediately from an account.

The app was developed after field testers obtained scans of 1,185 Bluetooth gas pump skimmers in six U.S. states.

It's a new technique aimed at improving on existing efforts designed to detect these tiny, inconspicuously installed skimming devices. Bluetooth skimmers are popular among scammers and fraudsters, not least because they offer a high return on investment. A single device can cost $20 to develop and can be used to steal thousands of dollars in a single data, depending on where the skimmer is located.

So far, the Bluetana app has detected 64 Bluetooth-based skimmers that had evaded other, existing scans, according to the researchers, and cuts down detection time to just a few seconds rather than minutes.

But don't expect the app to come to consumers any time soon. The app is currently in use by U.S. law enforcement. Currently the app is in use in several U.S. states, the researchers said.

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