#1 By: Cory Doctorow, July 29th, 2013 11:01
#2 By: djhopscotch, July 29th, 2013 11:22
"Russia and the former USSR". Alert Rocky and the wolverines. What year is it??
#3 By: deredio, July 29th, 2013 11:29
So... the article doesn't say anything about what we can do to protect ourselves from skimming devices like this. Though it may be true, what does the article accomplish besides FUD?
#4 By: David Hansen, July 29th, 2013 11:46
Use cash? Understand the odds, keep calm, and carry on?
#5 By: Cory Doctorow, July 29th, 2013 11:56
Use a credit-card; that way you're protected from false charges (unlike skimmed debit cards)
#6 By: Mister Sneaky Man, July 29th, 2013 13:02
As you mention Cory, the problem with this type of situation is that it's up to the station owners to fix the problem. Filling stations make very little profit on the gas they sell. The vast majority of their income comes from the convenience items in their stores (alcohol, sodas, snacks). I wonder how much incentive exists for them to temporarily crook-proof their pumps when most of their finances come from elsewhere.
#7 By: kartwaffles, July 29th, 2013 13:32
ALWAYS grab the card reader firmly and give it a firm tug (i.e. attempt to rip it off the machine). If anything even remotely wiggles or appears to be made of dissimilar materials, fuhgeddaboutit.
#8 By: wrybread, July 29th, 2013 13:48
I'm guessing that helps find the lame ones, but its hardly foolproof: something tells me the skimmers are well aware of the miracle of epoxy putty and the way it easily creates a wiggle free bond.
#9 By: brainflakes, July 29th, 2013 14:43
That won't help as in this case the perps actually installed additional hardware inside the gas pumps.
#10 By: brainflakes, July 29th, 2013 14:44
Those aren't "whisper-thin" credit card skimmers, they're actually a lot bigger than normal skimmers. The difference is the perps actually opened the gas pumps up and installed all that extra hardware inside the pump!
#11 By: Doobie_Brothers, July 30th, 2013 10:15
Obviously the solution is to not purchase gas. I've started to build my own oil refinery in the backyard. Problem solved.
#12 By: Cory Doctorow, August 3rd, 2013 11:01
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