News from the Future – Gang Uses 3D Printers for ATM Skimmers


Gang Used 3D Printers for ATM Skimmers @ Krebs on Security.

An ATM skimmer gang stole more than $400,000 using skimming devices built with the help of high-tech 3D printers, federal prosecutors say…

…Apparently, word is spreading in the cybercrime underworld that 3D printers produce flawless skimmer devices with exacting precision. Last year, i-materialise blogged about receiving a client’s order for building a card skimmer. The company said it denied the request when it became clear the ordered product was a fraud device.

As 3D printers become net connected and commercial versions of the 3D printing software get pressure from lawmakers, we actually may see the 3D printing software detect “dangerous” shapes, logos and more. Just like PhotoShop will not allow scans of money. 3D printing service companies may be asked to review what their customers are sending off…

12 thoughts on “News from the Future – Gang Uses 3D Printers for ATM Skimmers

  1. How long until owning a 3D printer constitutes a crime, much like possession of “paraphernalia”?

    I’m not advocating criminal activity, but we all know how law enforcement and politicians respond to these things. You have to show ID and sign for OTC cold medicine thanks to fears about meth labs. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have to start doing the same thing for ABS for our 3D printers.

  2. Also “dangerous” devices will be those that are close to PATENTED devices and also not allowed.  Sorry your gear design is too close to GearCo’s model 4321 and will not be printed, your attempt at a product violation will be reported.

  3. 3D printer is really good technology if we use it in good way. Federals get good salary to catch the gang. But this is really cool that 3D printer can print lots of things some time dangerous.

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