Secret Service Warns of ‘Periscope’ Skimmers

Skimmers are now sophisticated enough that they are entirely inside the ATM. Lovely:

According to a non-public alert released to bank industry sources by a financial crimes task force in Connecticut, this is thought to be the first time periscope skimming devices have been detected in the United States. The task force warned that the devices may have the capability to remain powered within the ATM for up to 14 days and can store up to 32,000 card numbers before exhausting the skimmer’s battery strength and data storage capacity.

The alert documents the first known case of periscope skimming in the United States, discovered Aug. 19, 2016 at an ATM in Greenwich, Conn. A second periscope skimmer was reportedly found hidden inside a cash machine in Pennsylvania on Sept. 3.

  • LL

    Time to stop using ATMs until the banks figure out a solution for this, or agree to absorb our losses if our card details are stollen like the credit cards do.

  • Hugh

    A gas station in Canton Ohio had a completely enclosed skimmer that killed a number of people’s accountso at one of my clients in the area.