Chip-and-pin fraud hits European supermarkets

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

If you thought living a secure life was hard enough with email phishing, keylogging spyware, backdoor Trojan horses, wi-fi hijacking and compromised websites here comes another thing to worry about.

According to British newspaper The Daily Telegraph this weekend, hundreds of chip and pin payments in European supermarkets have been tampered with to steal shoppers’ credit card details.

Dr Joel Brenner, the head of the US National Counterintelligence Executive, told the newspaper that chip and pin devices exported to Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, and the Netherlands, were implanted with additional hardware that transmitted credit and debit card data via the mobile phone network to criminals in Lahore, Pakistan.

Hundreds of the tampered devices, which cannot be recognised as…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.