Loss of Privacy

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While there is no uniform standard in America for tabulating the incidence of crime against ATM users, the U.S. Department of Justice has estimated that such attacks occur at a proportion as low as 1 in 3.5 million transactions.

At this rate, the average American is in greater danger of being hit by a bus while crossing the street to get to an ATM than of being accosted while using it.

ATM transaction data, on the other hand, has proven far more difficult to protect — as we’ve seen in recent ATM skimming events that have netted millions of dollars within minutes for determined thieves.

To help consumers to help themselves, Diebold has created an infographic that ATM deployers can use to teach customers about ATM fraud. The information can be distributed as a flyer, mailer or email, posted online or at a machine — even displayed on the ATM screen itself.

ATM Skimming - Modern-Day Bank Robbery [infographic]
ATM Skimming – Modern-Day Bank Robbery [infographic]
Compliments of ATMmarketplace.com

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A serious flaw on eBay meant that fraudsters could redirect buyers to a fake login page – in order to steal their passwords. Worst of all, eBay did nothing until the BBC rang them up about it.

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Hackers have discovered one of the biggest potential security holes in the modern era.

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Pupils at Redhill School in Stourbridge, United Kingdom are set to have their fingerprints taken. The schools say the controversial technology is part of a cashless system throughout the school and is necessary to reduce queues and monitor pupils’ diets.

The 1,200-pupil school in Junction Road detailed its plans in a letter to parents last month. Headteacher Stephen Dunster said the scheme was part of a long-term plan to allow parents to pay for any school related fees over the internet.

He said: “We are aiming to have a cashless system throughout the school. The catering system is better for parents because they don’t have to provide children with lunch money every morning. From our perspective it is far more efficient as it reduces waiting times.”

“We will also be able to monitor what children are buying to make sure they are eating a healthy diet.”

Just because a student takes an orange to eat for lunch does not mean the student eats that orange. You can force children to take healthy foods at lunch, but you can’t make them eat it.

Around half of Dudley’s secondary schools use some form of biometric system. But its use has come under fire from civil liberties campaigners, who fear the information could be stored on school databases. Mr Dunster added: “We don’t hold fingerprints on file. This is about using technology to benefit our pupils and parents.”

If the fingerprints are not held on file, who has them? Who has access to these fingerprints and how secure are they?

More at the Express and Star.

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