More fun and games with ATM PINs

It looks like I'm not the only person getting hot and bothered about the PIN weaknesses of third-party ATMs, as a couple of Israeli security experts are now claiming that the links between these machines and the bank computer centres are weak.

So weak, in fact, that Omer Berkmann and Odelia Moshe Ostrovsky from the School of Computer Science in Tel Aviv have published a paper claiming to show that a card PIN can be cracked in two attempts.

The Israeli security experts theorise that bank employees and the like could steal the PINs, generate cloned cards and start drawing cash.

Of course, good old APACS will tell you it can't be done.

With PR spindoctors like this, perhaps Tony Bliar should hire 'em -Ed.

As reported last week, it seems that Manchester-based fraudster has become the first person to be charged with extracting PINs from an ATM-to-bank data connection.

Ah, it's nice to know that your bank card is secure.