August 1, 2023
Good morning, everyone!
This week’s critical vulnerabilities:
Patch All the Things!
Be alert for skimmers
Who knows what a skimmer is? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
It's a small device, inserted into the slot of a credit card reader, which captures the card info as it's being transferred to the reader for processing. Recent research by FICO revealed that credit card skimming increased 368% in 2022. It used to be that skimmers were found mainly on ATM machines and gas pumps, but increasingly they are being found in retail locations.
Target became so concerned about the problem that they developed a detection device, called EasySweep, that is used daily in all their stores to check for skimmers. They have released the design free of charge for any retailer that wants to have some of their own made. (Instructions to obtain the design in this article -- and it's just a generally good read.)
As an individual, how do you protect yourself against skimmers?"Skimmers can usually be spotted by doing quick visual or physical inspections before swiping or inserting a card." quoting from a recent Forbes Advisor article on this very subject. Lots of good info in there, and I highly recommend you read the entirety of it.
Stay cyber safe this week!
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