Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bank ATM's are still vulnerable to webcam spies

Station WJLA (ABC) in Washington today reported on more problems with bank ATM’s, with incidents of hidden cameras below the devices able to read both the debit card numbers and also able to read PINs. It recommended that bank customers cover up their keypads and cards physically when using them.

The miniaturization of cameras may be part of the issue. Consider how small the webcam camera is in a modern laptop, which Windows Vista uses to authenticate users with facial recognition software. The character Jan on "Days of our Lives" introduced us to webcam mischief about four years ago; it hasn't let up.

People ought to be in the habit of checking their accounts online daily, although this is more difficult for people who must travel overseas or into remote areas.

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