Skimming made easier with hacked portable card payment machines

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For years electronic skimming devices have been stealing credit and debit card information with varied success, but the researchers at global cyber security company Group-IB have noticed an increasing amount of modified point-of-sale (POS) devices circulating in underground markets.

It is possible that other models may be in use, but Group-IB focused on one in particular: the VeriFone VX670.

VeriFone's wireless point-of-sale (POS) machine has been completing portable business transactions for nearly 10 years, but now at least one cyber crook is selling a modified version of the device that will capture card numbers and send the data to scammers via cable or wireless connection. It is easy to use and pretty seamless, too.