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From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Mon Apr 23 2012 - 02:15:54 CDT
By Tracy Kitten
Bank Info Security
April 19, 2012
Lax security makes non-banking sites prime targets for skimming attacks,
like the ones that hit eight hospitals in Toronto.
Earlier this week, Toronto police announced that eight area hospitals
had been recent targets for ATM skimming attacks. Over the past six
months, authorities believe fraudsters targeted these hospitals because
of traffic and the high-volume cash dispensers in these locations. But
security experts say the ATMs were more likely hit because they're easy
"ATM placement in establishments like hospitals and 'cash only'
enterprises seems to be an afterthought to security, with the
installation of ATMs in really remote areas of the building, where
fraudsters can easily tinker with skimming-device placement and
retrieval without the threat of immediate capture," says John Buzzard,
who monitors card fraud for FICO's Card Alert Service.
Beyond placing ATMs in remote locations, hospital staffers are not
typically trained in what to look for when it comes to ATM tampering. So
skimming devices could go undetected for months, depending on how often
their cash is replenished by a cash carrier.
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