Card skimming at ATMs in Europe is on the rise as new devices to fraudulently capture cardholder data have emerged in some countries, according to a report from the European ATM Security Team.
A skimming device that uses audio technology has been found in five countries, two of which are major ATM deployers, the firm says. The device is mounted on a piece of plastic that fits over the ATM’s card reader “throat” and a small camera attached to the device captures the PIN being entered into the key pad.
Eleven countries reported an increase in skimming attacks and four countries reported a decrease in incidents when compared to the previous reporting period, which ended March 30, the report says. The organization does not reveal actual numbers.
Criminals in one country are beginning to shift attacks from one machine to multiple machines, according to the report. Fraudsters now tend to attempt fraudulent withdrawals via more ATMs using one to three cards instead of using 20 stolen cards at a single machine.
The firm documented skimming incidents at attended point-of-sale terminals in five countries. Two countries, one a major ATM deployer, have reported decreases in such attacks, primarily due to migrating terminals to the EMV standard. EMV-compliant terminals require a PIN to authenticate transactions.
Overall, the organization estimates that 369,665 ATMs in Europe were EMV compliant as of June 30, amounting to 95% of the overall European total.
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