German Hacker Busted for Rigging Checkout-Counter Card Readers
A 26-year-old German engineer is behind bars for rigging retailers' payment processing devices to steal and transmit customers' bank card information to a network of cybercriminals.
Thomas Beeckmann was sentenced to three years in a U.K. prison for manipulating PIN Entry Devices (PEDs), also konwn as PIN pads, so that they recorded victims' bank card details as their cards slid through the machines, London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement. When he was arrested on June 8 as he entered the U.K. on a train from Holland, Beeckmann was found with a series of circuit boards used to rig payment devices in Holland and Belgium.
The BBC reported that Beeckmann's 17 devices could have been used to steal up to