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A cybersecurity expert spots an ATM Skimmer while on vacation in Vienna

Some skimmers are designed to look exactly like the card slot on the original machine and attached to the front, and others are completely hidden inside the ATM.

But, during his vacation in Vienna, Austria, cyber security expert Benjamin Tedesco spotted an ATM skimmer that was totally unrecognizable.

Tourist/cybersecurity expert Benjamin Tedesco was hanging out in Vienna when he walked up to an ATM. Because he trusts no one he decided to give the reader a little tug and came away with a working skimmer designed to look exactly like the card slot on the original machine.


Tedesco, an employee of Carbon Black firm, immediately grabbed hold on the Skimmer glued on the top of the actual card reader and dragged it out.

Tedesco pulled off the skimmer and took some pictures of it and will try to reverse engineer it when he heads back home (presumably with the credit card data still on it). Some Reddit users have spotted the pinhole camera that the hackers used to grab PIN codes, as well, a feature that lets full cards be stolen in seconds.

That was a credit card skimmer – a perfect replica of the actual card reader that was designed to steal credit card information of users when they swipe their card to take off cash from the ATM.


“It pays to be paranoid,” he said — and he’s right.
"Being security paranoid, I repeated my typical habit of checking the card reader with my hand as I have 100's of times," Tedesco wrote in a blog post. "Today's the day when my security awareness paid off!"

The ATM skimmer detected by Tedesco contained a magnetic strip reader, battery, some sort of switch and a control board with the four pin connector.



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