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Debit card fraud: Ludhiana cops seize ‘cloning’ devices

punjab Updated: Oct 23, 2016 09:40 IST
Tarsem Singh Deogan
Tarsem Singh Deogan
Hindutasan Times
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The ‘cloning devices’ seized by the police in Ludhiana on Saturday. (HT Photo)

When about 32 lakh debit cards have been exposed to malicious software in the biggest ever security breach in the country, Ludhiana police seized a set of two devices, including a micro chip and spy cam-fitted equipment, allegedly used for cloning debit cards.

The police also got a closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of suspects from an automated teller machine (ATM) kiosk of the State bank of India, Janta Nagar branch, in Ludhiana and a hunt has been launched to nab them. The equipment was spotted by employees of FIS Payment Solution, a private firm that maintains ATMs.

Read more: This is how an ATM virus compromised 3.2 million debit cards in India

An official at the Ludhiana police commissionerate said they were yet to get a formal complaint. The company employees, who helped police trace the equipment, are reluctant to file the complaint saying only bank officials can pursue the case as ATMs are their property. The police have informed the bank authorities and asked them to file a formal complaint.

Deputy commissioner of police (DCP investigation) Bhupinder Singh Sidhu said the police have found a set of equipment that might be used for cloning debit cards. Investigations are on and the suspects would be arrested soon, he said, appealing people to file a complaint if money is withdrawn from their account without their knowledge.

Police say the gang installs the devices when security guards change shifts. The gang members remain around the ATM kiosks to keep a tab on customers and withdraw the money after cloning debit cards.

Steals electronic info, pin

The ‘cloning devices’ seized by the police in Ludhiana on Saturday. (HT Photo)

The set of two devices seized by police are battery operated. A mobile phone battery has been attached to a panel that fits on top of the ATM. It has a high-resolution camera with a 64 gigabyte memory card and is pointed towards the keypad to

capture the PIN entered by customers. Another device is a socket in which the debit card is swapped. The device copies the electronic information, which is allegedly used to clone the card.