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Barnes and Noble hacked in an interesting manner
Posted by: Olde Farte, II ()
Date: October 24, 2012 07:58AM

The "PIN pads" at a bunch of Barnes and Noble stores apparently were hacked to allow Bad Guys to swipe card numbers and PINs:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500395_162-57538815/barnes-noble-pin-pads-hacked-in-63-stores/

The methodology used is both interesting and scary (see article) - no hardware hacking involved, just software. From my understanding, various types of medical equipment is also fairly easily hackable so hospitals et al are prime sites for Bad Guys to retrieve personal information.

Be careful out there!

And...uh...read a good book...NOT!

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Re: Barnes and Noble hacked in an interesting manner
Posted by: Always pay with cash ()
Date: October 24, 2012 08:48AM

I pay with cash 98% of the time. I only use my credit card or visa check card on the rare occassion when I don't have enough cash in my pocket.

I've never had my personal data compromised at a retailer.

If you think about it, they're a big scam anyway -- the retailer pays fees to Visa International, and one way or the other, Visa never eats the loss when something goes wrong. The retailer ALMOST ALWAYS eats the loss, and sometimes the consumer eats it.

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Re: Barnes and Noble hacked in an interesting manner
Posted by: hawkey ()
Date: October 24, 2012 10:32AM

"From my understanding, various types of medical equipment is also fairly easily hackable so hospitals et al are prime sites for Bad Guys to retrieve personal information."

Not medical equipment per se but on a recent visit to the doctor his head was so buried in the laptop typing in notes on everything that was said I felt like I was in court giving dictation to a court reporter. Can't help but wonder how germ free them laptop are at the end of the day. also I'd think hackers could easily go after those laptops since no protection on the windows.

I figure that laptop stuff is more cya than actually showing concern and diagnosing the patient's ailments

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Re: Barnes and Noble hacked in an interesting manner
Posted by: Olde Farte, II ()
Date: October 24, 2012 10:36AM

hawkey Wrote:
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> "From my understanding, various types of medical
> equipment is also fairly easily hackable so
> hospitals et al are prime sites for Bad Guys to
> retrieve personal information."
>
> Not medical equipment per se...

No, really medical equipment:

https://www.google.com/search?q=hacked+medical+equipment

I also recently read that - gack - pacemakers, too, can be "hacked".

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Re: Barnes and Noble hacked in an interesting manner
Posted by: Skim Shady ()
Date: October 24, 2012 11:31AM

I don't see where it says software. Seems like a standard keypad skimmer mod.

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Re: Barnes and Noble hacked in an interesting manner
Posted by: Olde Farte, II ()
Date: October 24, 2012 12:14PM


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Re: Barnes and Noble hacked in an interesting manner
Posted by: Skim Shady ()
Date: October 24, 2012 12:24PM

Olde Farte, II Wrote:
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> Here ya go:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMyguu4kgsg


That's a different deal. Requires a smart card and a reader that accepts them. That's why they refer to it as "Chip" and pin. Not clear that was how this was done. Lots of other ways.

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Re: Barnes and Noble hacked in an interesting manner
Posted by: trogdor! ()
Date: October 24, 2012 07:35PM

Rule #1: Never, ever use a debit card. Imagine if you did get hacked and they grabbed your PIN and debit card#. You wake up one day to find your bank account empty.

Now imagine if you got hacked after using a credit card. Visa sends you a bill for charges you never made. You can dispute it, while still having your money safe and sound.

Best to let someone with a lot of money (Visa, MC, AMEX) take the hit rather than you. Which option do you really want to deal with?

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Re: Barnes and Noble hacked in an interesting manner
Posted by: SoylentGreen ()
Date: October 24, 2012 08:50PM

trogdor! Wrote:
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> Rule #1: Never, ever use a debit card. Imagine
> if you did get hacked and they grabbed your PIN
> and debit card#. You wake up one day to find your
> bank account empty.
>
> Now imagine if you got hacked after using a credit
> card. Visa sends you a bill for charges you never
> made. You can dispute it, while still having your
> money safe and sound.
>
> Best to let someone with a lot of money (Visa, MC,
> AMEX) take the hit rather than you. Which option
> do you really want to deal with?

I have my own security plan in place just for this possibility.

I keep less than four dollars of my entire fortune in my bank account AND I tell everyone. Yeah, they laugh at me for being so broke but they don't try to steal my four bucks.

If they only knew the truth. Millions in nickels hidden under the vegetable garden. It's a bitch when it's time to buy a new car but dammit..it's safe!

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