One of the advantages to the Square Reader is that it turns devices into mobile payment stations, where you can swipe a credit card on the device and have it charge you like you would have expected from a regular credit card machine. However it seems that despite its convenience, it has the potential to be a huge security flaw as well.
According to recent research conducted by three grad students from Boston University, they have found that the Square Reader can be turned into a credit card skimming device with a little bit of modification. Basically what they found out that is that the device can be physically tampered with and have its encryption disabled. Read full post →Hack Turns Square Reader Into A Credit Card Skimmer
Swatting is no joke. For those who are unfamiliar with the process, basically it involves someone calling the police and claiming that a crime such as murder or a hostage situation is taking place at another address. Given the crime, the police will typically respond in force, armed to the teeth in armor and guns.
So far no fatalities have occurred due to swatting, but the possibility is there which is why the law does not take too kindly to such acts. It also seems that maybe this isn’t an issue to joke around with as popular Twitch stream Trick2g recently found out. The streamer was celebrating the fact that he had gotten 800,000 subscribers and held a 24-hour live streaming session. Read full post →Popular Twitch Streamer Fakes His Own Swatting, Gets Banned