June 14, 2018

New Tools Being Developed in the Fight Against Skimmers

Skimmers, if you follow the C-Store industry you know it’s been a problem for the past several years that is only growing. Now law enforcement has a new tool in the fight against skimmers thanks to an ambitious computer science professor.

Called the ‘Skim Reaper’, it resembles a long credit card that can be slid into a card slot. It is connected by a wire to a box with a screen that flashes “possible skimmer” when a skimming device is detected.

The US$ 50 gadget was invented by Patrick Traynor, a computer information science and engineering professor at University of Florida, and two graduate students.

“I’ve been doing skimming for approximately five years now and I have never used anything like this,” said NYPD Detective James Lilla.

The U.S. Secret Service estimates that more than a billion dollars is being stolen from consumers every year by skimmers.

From: https://www.petrolplaza.com/news/8659












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