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Saturday, 11 October 2008

Data Theft - Again

This one's an absolute cracker!

Imagine: the credit card machine at your local supermarket has a little added "extra"...

This little "extra" is jolly clever: it records your card details and your PIN and then obligingly makes a discreet phone call to Lahore in Pakistan, where the data are uploaded and the frauds can begin.

It's even more sophisticated: it can be programmed to pick certain types of card or even to "lie low" to avoid detection.

Apparently over 40 shops have been targeted in the UK alone - the likes of Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco.

As if money isn't going to be difficult enough! Read all about it in the Wall Street Journal (I assume that there is still a Wall Street!) or at Timesonline.

Until the next time

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