Researchers Demonstrate PIN Code Theft via Thermal Imaging

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szore

I usually just pistol whip them until I get the card AND the number. Easier that way.

 

Relax, it's a joke.

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Eoraptor

""Even if your PIN code does get picked up by some guy in a tree zooming in with his camera, he still won't know the order of the key presses.""

No, it's not that impractical: Just looking at the sample image I have a pretty good idea the order of the numbers, because the heat dissapates in the order of keys pressed. Just work backwards from the key "least heated" to the one which is hottest and you've got a 50/50 chance at hitting the PIN. Since most ATM's give you a 3 strikes system, that's more than you need.

Otherwise, yes, all those drive up ATM's with the industrial strength out-door metal keypads are fairly safe, and you should mace anyone standing near you with their camera out and pointed no matter the situation. .

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Baer

I always push extra keys or punch in a wrong code then the correct one or punch additional buttons after enter. Once I had this suspicious dude behind me so I told him to go ahead as I was still looking for my atm. He left.

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Caboose

You do realize that doing that too often, especially one after another, will put up a flag on your card that it has been compromised, thus locking your account.

 

And I believe you mean your interac, debit, access card or ATM card. You don't carry around an entire Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in your pocket. Unless you have some sort of pockets made out of the same fabric as Merry Poppin's handbag, or you're a giant of astronomical proportions.

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scoop6274

umm... maybe I'm being to simplistic here, but wouldn't it just make sense to push all the number keys after you were finished at the atm. I mean, if all the keys have the same heat signature, how do they figure out your pin. Course, I can't remember the last time I actually used an atm.

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Wolfy78

While I found this article quite interesting, I found it more disturbing that Cannon ads for lens are all over the top of the article.

 

Screenshot http://screencast.com/t/zL65aKXFa

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schmitty6633

Um. I thought everyone used AdBlock...

Your loss I guess

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Dman222123222

I've used Adblock for so long I didnt know what he was talking about. LOL

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Caboose

There are ads on the internet?! Wow! Learn something new every day!

 

I loves me some AdBlock!

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Wolfy78

I just have been lazy and didn't put the addon on chome yet.  Firefox and pale moon both have it though lol.  Also, you obviously didn't look at the link nor get my humor.

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dmfisher2007

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r6srider

Researching things you saw in a video game are we? I believe this was splinter cell 2 or 3, I can't remember which one had the thermal goggels.

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Lasermarx

You are correct. I love splinter cell <3

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Wingzero_x

Just wonder how much money the government gave them to do this research.

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Brad Nimbus

It's been awhile since I got out of the international spy gig but that looks like 4185 to me. :P

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