I enjoyed watching this from @gcluley. It shows how easily personally identifiable information can be gathered by anyone who tries. The lesson we learn goes hand in hand with the load of great stuff I got out of a Chicago bank dumpster.
I just got a text message on my cell phone. The message said
Chase anual (sic) maintenance.
Please call 877-257-1139
The message itself was from phone number 1010100001
If you dial the 877 number, you'll hear a lovely American recorded voice asking for your Debit card number and PIN.
Obviously, it's fake. But what a clever way to grab debit card numbers. Frank Abagnale, the famous author of Catch Me If You Can, says he never uses Debit cards because they are the same as cash – and in fact don't fail until you run out of cash. Word to the wise.
Think your company takes data protection seriously? You may need to give it the dumpster diving test. This big bank was pretty surprised what I came up with.
Is he evil? Ask some manufacturers and they'll say yes, emphatically. Ask privacy advocates, and they'll praise him for exposing the seeds of Big Brother. Chris Pajet didn't stop at cloning your HID prox card while standing next to you in line at the 7-Eleven.* Now he has begun war-driving through San Francisco, gleaning RFID tags from US Passports. This is another assault on the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. Read about it here.
White hats like Chris find the holes in our tech infrastructure that the bad guys also find. I'd rather know about it than keep my head in the sand. Besides, these problems are ususally fixable, so let's fix the problems and not ignore them.
*not sure if he ever did that, but the cloning device he showed me sure could have been used that way.
It looks to be the biggest credit card identity theft in history. Princeton, N.J., payment processor Heartland Payment Systems may have suffered the theft of more than 100 million credit and debit card accounts. Avivah Litan, a Gartner analyst whom I respect said it seemed deceptive that the company waited until today – inauguration day – to report it. However, if I were CEO of Heartland, I certainly wouldn't want to wait for a day when I could be the cover of the Wall Street Journal, would you? Read the story.
James DeLuccia reflects on the newest estimates of the cost of credit card fraud. See what he and a Visa representative have to say here.