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ATM eavesdropping crime on the upswing, Secret Service says

The Secret Service has notified U.S. financial institutions about a recent increase in “eavesdropping” attacks on ATMs.

The agency said it has received communications from several FIs about recent incidents, according to a report by Krebs on Security.

In this type of ATM skimming, criminals cut a hole in the ATM cabinet in order to insert an endscope, which allows them to see inside the machine as they place a skimming device on the card reader.

Commenters on the Krebs site pointed out that this skimming method is not a new kind of threat, but a new application of a well-known type of data theft at ATMs — skimming — that can be detected by existing ATM protection technologies.

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