Three Bulgarians were charged yesterday in connection with an ATM hacking case that occurred over a 44 day period. The suspects allegedly planted electronic skimming devices on a number of ATMs in Massachusetts, making off with more than $137,000, according to an article on The Register.
The skimmers surreptitiously recorded the information that is stored on the magnetic strips of the cards inserted into the machines. Additionally, the suspects are alleged to have used cameras to spy on people’s pin numbers.
The three are charged with using counterfeit ATM cards, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Two of the suspects are also charged with possession of device-making equipment. The three face maximum sentences of 42-57 years.