A FRAUDSTER outwitted sophisticated banking security systems by using an ordinary MP3 music player to bug cash machines and steal customers’ credit card secrets.
Parsons, a well-known criminal figure learnt how to carry out the fraud from the example set by criminal gangs in Malaysia where the method of fraud was used with devastating effect against the banking system.
Parsons or other gang members would use MP3 portable music players to record data transmitted from free-standing ATM cash machines. The data was then converted to readable numbers using a separate computer programme.
The phone line running from the machine to an ordinary BT white socket was unplugged and a two-way adaptor inserted. The MP3 player was then placed between the ATM machine’s output cable and the phone socket.
The player would record the tones, which resemble the kind of sound emitted by a fax machine.
These were then interpreted using a modem line tap, or MLT, acquired from Canada, or passed through a computer software program bought illicitly in Ukraine.
Parsons, of Gorton, Manchester, was able to exploit his knowledge of credit card security systems to put together credit card numbers and the cards’ expiry dates. The gang used the data to encode and clone a number of credit cards.
Source: Times Online