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Comment Encrypt the data for starters (Score 1) 332

PCI (Payment Card Industry) will deal with this eventually, as traffic should be encrypted from the reader to the backoffice server or whatever brokers the transaction to the payment processor. What needs to be done is encrypt the card information at the reader at the pump, even if the information is transmitted via serial connection (out of PCI scope today). Prudent companies keep the keys to the gas pumps secure as well as do at least daily checks on the pumps (crack the box, look for skimmer).
I suspect this type of skimming is more prevalent that is getting press for.

Comment Re:Copyright BS (Score 1) 605

The answer to your question: The Berne Convention [wikipedia.org], which affixes copyright on anything written down anywhere. Really. This comment is copywritten by yours truly thanks to that rule and that fun text at the bottom of the page, and as such if I were wealthy and a complete jerk I could sue someone for infringement if someone decided to plagiarize me.

Come and get me!

Comment Including backpack... (Score 1) 767

I have the following personal items: 1 1GB Thunbdrive 1 Analog watch (takes a battery) 1 Sony Clie/PalmPilot And the following work provided items: 1 cell phone (Palm Treo 700w) 1 IBM Thinkpad r51 1 RSA SecureID token (VPN access) Since I'm on call for work, those items are generally always with me, except for trips to the store. The total of those items is over $2000.

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