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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Disturbing, but Impressive: Fake ATMs For ID Theft

Ghost In The ATM -
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas--unless of course, somebody steals your identity.

At Defcon, numerous presentations discussed various cybersecurity threats. But one of the biggest scams wasn't happening in the conference--it was happening in the casino at the Riviera Hotel.

On Thursday, a Defcon attendee spotted a fake ATM nestled in a security blind spot at the hotel. The machine had an unbranded shell with a PC located inside. It's believed that the setup was designed to skim ATM cards. It is unknown how long the machine was there, or whether there are other fake ATMs in other casinos.

"This is a very common scam," says "Priest," a senior staff member for Defcon. "At gas stations, this happens a lot."

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