This New App Can Alert You If A Hacker Is Trying To Skim Your Credit Card at Gas Station

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Credit card skimmers are getting more advanced -- but that's making them easier to detect.

Chase Skimmer Found
Hackers have plenty of different ways to get their grubby little mitts on your credit card numbers. Sometimes they steal them in bulk from vulnerable servers, like the ones that were breached at Equifax. Other times they snatch them from ATMs, gas pumps and other point-of-sale terminals using something called a skimmer.

A skimmer is a small electronic device that a criminal physically hacks into (or onto) a payment card reader. They're designed to be installed quickly (often in less than 30 seconds) so that the crook can get in, make the modification, and get out without raising suspicions.

Some skimmers can simply be stuck on top of a card reader. They're somewhat easy to spot if you're exercising caution when you use a card. There might be a slight difference in the color of the plastic, for example. It might move -- or even pop right off -- if you give it a little tug, too.

At the gas pump, however, a skimmer can be nearly impossible to detect. That's because criminals will often open a pump with a master key and install the skimmer inside the pump. There often aren't any clues on the outside that would clue you in to the skimmer's presence... except the Bluetooth signal that criminals use to stealthily retrieve stolen card data.

Fortunately for the rest of us, that signal can also set off the alarm bells on a brand new security app called Skimmer Scanner. The app, created by the white hat hardware hackers over at Sparkfun, scans for those Bluetooth transmissions, communicates with the source, and figures out whether it behaves like a skimmer would.

If suspicious behavior is detected, you'll see an alert like the one above. It's pretty unlikely that Sparkfun's app would show you one for a non-malicious device that happened to be in the vicinity. They've worked on skimmers for law enforcement agencies numerous times and their engineers have a firm handle on how skimmers behave.

Those of you looking for a little extra protection when you pay at the pump can grab Skimmer Scanner from Google Play. Sorry, iPhone users... there's no iOS version yet.

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