Police suspect credit card scanners in operation

Police suspect criminals may be able to access details from people’s credit cards without touching them.

New technology has made it possible to commit identity fraud by scanning a person’s credit card from up to a metre away, the FBI told law enforcers at a convention on the Gold Coast.

The machines have the capability to harvest details from passports too by using radio frequency identification.

"You can actually capture [the data]," explained Queensland detective superintendent Brian Hay.

"There are devices to interpret and break the algorithms and the encryption."

He explained the FBI told police from 22 different countries about the technology at the recent conference, adding it was likely the devices are already in use in Australia.

It was recently announced that Seven-Eleven convenience stores across the country are set to install contactless payment systems, allowing those who compare credit cards an easier method of recompensing the company for their purchases.

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