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[Dataloss] Canada: High-Tech Criminal Ring Clones Debit Cards
From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Wed Jun 21 2006 - 15:23:47 CDT
Via Fergie's Tech Blog - http://fergdawg.blogspot.com/
Police say they have busted a savvy criminal ring that used wireless
technology to clone the debit cards of 18,000 bank customers in the
About $4-million was emptied from consumers' bank accounts before the
scheme was stopped, said Captain Michel Forget of the Sûreté du Québec,
the provincial police.
Ten people were arrested as of yesterday afternoon, he said.
The criminals mainly targeted convenience stores and gas stations. With
the help of accomplices working for the stores, they rigged the stores'
debit-card devices, according to police. When customers punched in
their personal identification numbers, the information was transmitted,
using Wi-Fi technology, to a nearby receiver.
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