Tuesday, June 26, 2007

PCI at the Gas Pump

This is scary for anyone who drives a car and fills up their gas tank, which, I guess, is everybody.

A Gartner report cited by Computer World says the point-of-sale (POS) devices at most pumps stores credit card data that could be easily filched by a hacker. It said there's enough data, and it's sent over insecure wireless networks and the Internet, to create duplicate cards. Companies are using the Internet for the POS devices instead of dial-up networks.

Further, the wireless connections use Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), which is a weak form of encryption.

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