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Boing Boing – Sales pitch from an ATM-skimmer vendor

December 13, 2010 Leave a comment

From Boing Boing:

Sales pitch from an ATM-skimmer vendor

Cory Doctorow at 11:39 PM Sunday, Dec 12, 2010

Brian Krebs tracked down a black-market retailer of mobile-phone-based ATM skimmers that capture your PIN and transmit it to fraudsters over the GSM network. The vendor gave him the whole sales-pitch for the efficiency and safety (for the criminals) of GSM-based skimmers. It’s a fascinating read, unless you use ATMs, in which case, it’s a terrifying one.

So we potentially have already about 20k dollars. Also imagine that if was not GSM sending SMS and to receive tracks it would be necessary to take the equipment from ATM, and during this moment, at 15:00 there comes police and takes off the equipment.And what now? All operation and your money f#@!&$ up? It would be shame!! Yes? And with GSM the equipment we have the following: Even if there comes police and takes off the equipment, tracks are already on your computer. That means they are already yours, and also mean this potential 20k can be cash out asap. In that case you lose only the equipment, but the earned tracks already sent. Otherwise without dumps transfer – you lose equipment, and tracks, and money.

That’s not all: There is one more important part. We had few times that the police has seen the device, and does not take it off, black jeeps stays and observe, and being replaced by each hour. But the equipment still not removed. They believe that our man will come for it. And our observers see this circus, and together with it holders go as usual, and tracks come with PINs as usual.

Why GSM-Based ATM Skimmers Rule

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Boing Boing – Glass globe doorknob is a whole-room fisheye for the other side of the door

November 25, 2010 Leave a comment

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Glass globe doorknob is a whole-room fisheye for the other side of the door

Posted: 24 Nov 2010 11:25 PM PST

Hideyuki Nakayama’s glass globe doorknob refracts the scene on the other side of the door in its depths, giving you a preview of what’s going on in the next room before you turn the knob.

A Room in the Glass Globe by Hideyuki Nakayama (via Make!)

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Boing Boing – Drug-Search Honeypots

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

From Boing Boing:

Drug-search honeypots

Posted: 16 Sep 2010 11:11 PM PDT

Freeway signs warning of upcoming drug checkpoints are actually a ruse: the local sheriff sets up a checkpoint at the next offramp and searches panicky motorists who pull off to ditch their stashes. An accompanying map on the original post (click through below) gives the locations of similar checkpoints all over the USA, and warns, “if you see one of these signs, don’t fucking exit.”

Narcotics Interdiction Checkpoints (via Schneier)

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