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TV to demonstrate cloned chip and Pin cards

Antony Savvas

Cambridge University researchers have again showed the fallibility of chip and Pin technology, this time wirelessly cloning cards from shops.

Saar Drimer and Steven Murdoch of the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory will tonight be seen on the BBC‘s Watchdog programme cloning a chip and Pin card using a fake terminal in a shop.

The card is inserted into the fake terminal and the details of the card are snatched and wirelessly sent to an accomplice outside the shop.

The scam requires an insider at the retail outlet as well as the accomplice who collects the data using a wireless connection.

UK payments association Apacs said there was no evidence this method had been used in the UK.

With the stolen card details, the Cambridge researchers were able to clone another card to enable them to make further purchases.

The same researchers managed to get a chip and PIN terminal to play Tetris earlier this year, to demonstrate how chip and PIN terminals were not tamper proof.

The Watchdog programme will be shown at 7pm tonight.

Researchers demonstrate chip and PIN terminal insecurity

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