Feds: Thieves with Bluetooth data skimmers stole over $2 million

On Tuesday, 13 men were charged in a case involving Bluetooth-enabled data skimmers planted on gas station pumps. The hackers allegedly made more than $2 million by downloading ATM information from the gas pumps, and then using that data to withdraw cash from ATMs in Manhattan.

According to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, the suspects used credit card skimming devices that were Bluetooth-enabled and internally installed on pumps at Raceway and Racetrac gas stations throughout Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina. Because of this configuration, the skimmers were invisible to people who paid at the pumps, and later, the suspects were able to download the skimmed data without physically removing the devices.

Between March 2012 and March 2014, the suspects used forged credit cards to withdraw money at ATMs around Manhattan and deposited the cash in New York bank accounts, feds say. Then, other members of the group withdrew the money from those bank accounts in California or Nevada.

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