Withdrawing Cash With a Smartphone Could Beat The Card Skimmers

The U.S. loses more money to card fraud than the rest of the world combined — something that's mostly down to the magnetic stripes that make our cards incredibly hackable. Although more secure technologies are coming, they'll require time and money to adopt. But one kindly Canadian bank has a secure system that only… » 3/15/15 11:00pm 3/15/15 11:00pm

A Simple Trick to Protect Your PIN From Thieves With Thermal Cameras

Thermal cameras were once expensive and bulky hunks of equipment that very few people could get their hands on. No longer. With FLIR's new iPhone case thermal imaging cameras are now both affordable and incredibly discreet, which means that evil-doers can use it to see the thermal signature your fingers leave on a… » 8/28/14 11:54am 8/28/14 11:54am

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. » 8/27/14 1:17pm 8/27/14 1:17pm

You'd Never Spot This Razor-Thin ATM Skimmer

The constant drive for miniaturization doesn't just apply to consumer electronics: the crooks are at it, too. And when it comes to card skimmers, this tiny thing is pretty much impossible to spot. » 8/25/14 8:52am 8/25/14 8:52am

The Latest Super-Thin ATM Skimmers Are Virtually Unspottable

Just like consumer tech, criminal tech advances in leaps and bounds—and none more so than the ATM skimmer. Now, the kinds of skimmers being used are so slim and small that you'll never see them—and their battery life means they last an age, too. » 7/07/14 9:20am 7/07/14 9:20am

Forget Card Skimming: Watch Out For ATMs That Want Sex With You

Remember that guy that got so drunk he tried to have sex with a cash machine? Well, Conan unearthed some (fictional) footages of the incident—and perhaps it's not the poor guy's fault after all. » 5/22/14 5:45am 5/22/14 5:45am

Researchers Are Making an ATM that Spews Hot Acid at Thieves

For wannabe thieves, nothing is more tantalizing than an empty street and a vulnerable ATM. Soon, though, they could be facing more than just failure. Taking design cues from mother nature herself, researchers are building ATMs that fend off thieves with a spray of hot, steaming foam. » 5/08/14 11:20am 5/08/14 11:20am

Most ATMs Are Still Running Windows XP--Which Is About to Die Off

The last ATM you used probably didn't feel very cutting-edge compared to your smartphone. That's because it's probably running Windows XP, an operating system so old, Microsoft will stop supporting it in April. » 1/17/14 10:26am 1/17/14 10:26am

Beware This Simple But Incredibly Effective Point-of-Sale Skimmer

Card skimmers are getting way more common, to the point that they've even started appearing on point-of-sale card machines. And, boy, if this thing is anything to go by, they're getting better and better. » 12/03/13 7:20am 12/03/13 7:20am

Gas Pump Skimmers Are Now Just as Good as Those on ATMs

If you worry about ATM skimmers and drive a car, it's time to freak the hell out: gas pump skimmers have matured, and they're now just as good as those on ATMs. » 7/30/13 4:40am 7/30/13 4:40am

An Imprisoned Hacker Invented an ATM Attachment That Stops Skimmers

Valentin Boanta has a lot of free time on his hands—five years worth, to be exact. That's because Boanta is currently serving a prison sentence for, according to Reuters, "supplying gadgets to an organized crime gang used to conceal ATM skimmers." So with all that time to think about what he's done, the apparently… » 5/17/13 1:20pm 5/17/13 1:20pm

Wow, Watch This ATM Machine Get Blown to Bits and Pieces By Genius…

If you're looking to steal money from an ATM, what do you do? Try to wheel it to your house and smash it until it opens? Continually rob people who try to take money out of the machine? Hmm, what about just blowing the freaking ATM up to smithereens with explosives. That's what these thieves did. The explosion was… » 4/02/13 11:00pm 4/02/13 11:00pm

ATM Skimming Is Now Prolific on Payment Terminals and Ticket Machines

ATM skimming has become an art in recent years, with the devices that crooks use becoming ever more sophisticated. But fraudsters are broadening their reach, with payment terminals and ticket machines now just as much targets as ATMs. » 4/01/13 7:48am 4/01/13 7:48am

You Can't Even See The Latest ATM Card Skimmers

While there have been plenty of terrifyingly realistic card skimmers in the past, we have bad news for you: the latest breed of skimmers are so thin that they're inserted into the ATM, so you can't see them at all. » 7/24/12 6:47am 7/24/12 6:47am

This Island Tiki Hut Hides A Lot of Money

You see that phone booth-sized tiki hut made of bamboo, stone and glass? That's a specially made building that houses the only ATM in a village. On top of that, it's completely solar powered, naturally designed for its island and holds a whole lotta cash. » 7/02/12 11:20am 7/02/12 11:20am

This Skimmer Is Why You Should Be Nervous at ATMs

There have been plenty of attempts to make ATM skimmers look realisticincluding 3D printing—but this is perhaps the best yet. Reported by Krebs on Security, you would have to be an expert to spot it. » 4/25/12 5:03am 4/25/12 5:03am

Biometric ATM Reads Palms, Not Debit Cards

Want some cash in Gifu Prefecture, Japan? Come September, you'll be able to just press some flesh with one of Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank's biometric ATMs to access your accounts. » 4/11/12 10:00pm 4/11/12 10:00pm

These Are Objectively the Worst ATMs in the World

These ATMs would be perfect if the world was filled with giant oafs and little imps but uh, it's not. That's why they're so completely horrible—normal people can't reach one ATM because it's too high while they have to go down to their knees to use the other. » 4/06/12 9:25am 4/06/12 9:25am