Almost alone among developed nations, U.S. credit and debit cards have a magnetic stripe that contains all the financial information necessary to make a purchase. Once information gets stolen from a merchant, it can be encoded into a magnetic stripe and used with a new card. Smart cards in Europe and elsewhere encrypt that data and store it on a microchip, which is much tougher to replicate. More important, the cards also require a personal identification number (PIN) to work. This “chip-and-PIN” system introduces a second authentication, forcing thieves to have both pieces of information to successfully use the card. It’s a combination of advanced technology and simple common sense. - Your Credit Card Has a Dangerous Flaw That the Banks Refuse to Fix
posted by beisny
on Jan 17, 2014 -
Okay, so you're setting up a payment system and you need to punch in a fake credit card number. You can always go with the familiar standby, 4111111111111111, but the truth is any sequence of numbers will work so long as it conforms to the Luhn algorithm
(occasionally also referred to as "Mod 10", since it involves modulo operations
developed by Graham King. How is any of this interesting? Well, he also
provided a page of already generated credit card numbers
, yet hilarious
, results. In response, one person offered a foolproof method of getting your hands on a valid credit card number and a CVV2
posted by Deathalicious
on Dec 30, 2008 -
Frontline's: Secret History of the Credit Card
Includes alot of useful and less than well known information like "universal default" clauses that allow your credit card company to raise your interest rate when you're late on a payment to another
creditor and there's no limit to the late charges a credit company can lay on you as well as no limit on the interest rate they hit you with. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Of particular interest: credit scores explained
and an examination of credit responsibility
. There are also interviews with lawmakers (including the infamous Bill Janklow
). Not sure how well versed you are on credit card info? Take the quiz
and find out. (I did badly).
posted by fenriq
on Dec 20, 2004 -
The Credit Card Prank
is a project to see how far one could go with their signature on credit card purchases. The experiment goes pretty far and barely runs into any snags. The verdict? People don't seem to care what you sign on a receipt.
posted by mathowie
on Jun 3, 2003 -
Poverty is Expensive (part 59)
The "i-Gen" prepaid MasterCard, available at a Rite-Aid near you, for those who don't have bank accounts (for debit cards) to say the least of credit ratings sufficient to get credit cards. Pay a $10.00 upfront fee, pay another $5 a month plus a "reload" fee of at least $5 every time your card runs down, all for the privilege of letting them hold on to your cash at no interest.
posted by MattD
on Jul 7, 2002 -
No VC after the dot-com bust? No problem!
Just sign up for eight no-annual-fee credit cards with interest rates as low as 1.7 percent (for a few months, anyway), and shazam: You've got $35,000; you're a start-up! Question: Has this guy read a newspaper in, say, the last 18 months?
posted by nathanstack
on Jan 14, 2002 -
Currently, consumer personal debt is at an all time high
, and at the same time we're being inundated with ads asking us to "live richly
" and pay for all those "priceless
" moments with credit. Credit card companies have maintained a steady stream of advertising that focuses on living in the now, and worrying about the consequences later. Without discounting personal responsibility, should credit card companies be left to advertise their message unfettered, or does anyone think they are too good
and perhaps somewhat responsible for the high consumer debt levels?
posted by mathowie
on Jun 20, 2001 -
If your web site is hosted by ADDR.com, you need to read this MSNBC report
immediately. Passwords and credit card numbers appear to have been stolen.
posted by netbros
on Apr 2, 2001 -
The End of Money
Interesting article about what money really means in the digital age. "If you want currency backed by something tangible, sign up for 5,000 frequent flier miles on a new Visa card. "
posted by zeoslap
on Feb 22, 2001 -
A guy paid $5000 to a bank
for a list of 4 million credit card numbers, complete with name/address of the owners. He proceeded to start making false charges to those cards totalling some $37 million. He's going to jail. My question is, what the hell
was the bank thinking? Why are they selling something like that? Didn't they recognize the potential for abuse? What possible legitimate use could such a list have?
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Jan 23, 2001 -
AIPAC Hacked, Credit Card numbers exposed.
This morning the Web site of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was defaced by Doctor Nuker of the Pakistan Hackerz Club
. I didn't think anything of it which was why I missed getting the mirror the first time around.
Apparently this is a pretty large organization according to my co-worker, a former Washingtonite. It's the biggest American Jewish lobbying organization in the US from what I hear... which is going to piss people off when they realize their credit card information was leaked in the defacement.
posted by bkdelong
on Nov 2, 2000 -
Western Union's site
is down, as hackers have accessed their "secure" database
. Western Union's only suggestion so far is to tell all customers to cancel their credit card accounts. Is anything really
secure on the internet? Do you trust amazon to hold your credit card numbers, Wells Fargo to keep your checking account private, and Kozmo employees not to pilfer your credit card numbers for fun?
posted by mathowie
on Sep 10, 2000 -