Academics Invent “Skim Reaper” Skimmer Detector

Academics Invent “Skim Reaper” Skimmer Detector

Academics at the University of Florida recently developed a device that is able to detect payment card skimmers which are devices that typically steal data from credit and debit cards.

Named the “Skim Reaper”, the device is said to be a one-size-fits-all device that can detect almost all kinds of skimmers commonly found in ATMs, such as overlay skimmers, deep insert skimmers, internal skimmers, and wiretap skimmers.

The research team behind the Reaper won the Distinguished Paper Award at the 27th Usenix Security Symposium for their whitepaper entitled “Fear the Reaper: Characterization and Fast Detection of Card Skimmers“.

Source: Bleeping Computer

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