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Researchers See Privacy Pitfalls in No-Swipe Credit Cards

Mr. Heydt-Benjamin then ripped open the envelope. Inside was a credit card, fresh from the issuing bank. The card bore the name of Kevin E. Fu, a computer science professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who was standing nearby. The card number and expiration date matched those numbers on the screen.

The demonstration revealed potential security and privacy holes in a new generation of credit cards — cards whose data is relayed by radio waves without need of a signature or physical swiping through a machine. Tens of millions of the cards have been issued, and equipment for their use is showing up at a growing number of locations, including CVS pharmacies, McDonald's restaurants and many movie theaters.


Fast food worker charged with identity theft

Shemika Griffin, 24, used the debit card numbers from two separate victims to phone in utility payments totaling more than $1,000, DeSoto sheriff's Lt. Toni Morris said. The case is still under investigation as investigators anticipate more victims could come forward.

Authorities warn debit card owners to be wary of using them at businesses where the card is handed off to another person and out of the owner's sight. It's best for the owner to always witness the transaction.


Sensitive documents found in bin

Personal details and important information have been discarded in a city centre waste bin. The papers, revealing names, addresses and national insurance numbers, were found at the back of a post office in London Road, Southampton. The company which made the discovery, scamsdirect.com, said people had been left vulnerable to identity fraud.


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