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That’s Clever

I have to agree with Bruce Schneier that this is just plain clever:

The thieves glue down the “enter,” “cancel” and “clear” buttons on the keypad and wait until the customer goes into the bank for help before withdrawing money from their account.

The robbed customers have already punched in their PINs when they realize the keypad buttons are stuck. The unwitting customers either do not know that they can use the ATM touchscreen to finish their transaction, or become nervous when the keypad isn’t working and react by leaving the ATM unattended, Richmond Station police Capt. Richard Corriea said.

Since January, there have been four such thefts in the Richmond District alone, Corriea said.

Take note when you use an ATM check to make sure the keys are all in proper working order. Most of the time the simplest hacks are the most effective.

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Written by Christopher Burg

March 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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  1. I really wanted to comment on this page http://blog.christopherburg.com/2011/03/07/becoming-the-enemy
    but it doesn’t have a comment box. I stumbled on the same thing as you – ARA defending ‘assaulting’ the ATTENDEES at a David Irving meeting. Elsewhere, they say all such attendees are ‘racist scum’. I attended an Irving meeting with a mixed bunch of people, some left-liberal like me, some more like you. We got harassment from so-called anti-fascists for it – one of us got a death threat, one had to defend his job (he works in a bike co-op), and I got blacklisted by an employer.

    Jay Knott

    March 22, 2011 at 1:21 pm


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