since noone here seems to bother to actually find out what was going on:
german banks do use a two factor authentication scheme:
- to log in you need your account number and a five digit pin
- to authorize a transaction after logging in, you need one out of 100 one-time-use 4 digit pins; The bank issues you 100 of those at a time, and then chooses one of them randomly when you enter a transaction ("Please enter pin number 17").
In this particular case the victim had:
- fallen for a phising website / trojan / keylogger, even after all the warnings in the german IT press (how else would the crooks get his account number and superpin)
- entered at least ten different PINs on one page, which the banksspecifically tell customers to NEVER do. all the bank pages have a big fat "We NEVER ask you for more than one pin" warning labels.
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