Hackers Devise Wireless Methods for Stealing ATM Users' PINs

As PIN security gets better, cyber thieves are going wireless
The view from a clandestine camera focused on an ATM machine in New York Photograph by AP Photo/Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

Pilfering the personal identification numbers of financial accounts, a potential jackpot for hackers, is tougher to pull off thanks to data encryption and other security technologies. Yet the arms race continues: Hackers are devising more creative methods to intercept PINs at ATMs, the clearest path to instant cash. “It just blows you away how sophisticated these folks are in thinking this stuff up,” says Bryan Sartin, director of the team at Verizon Communications that investigates data breaches.

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