X-Ray Scans Expose an Ingenious Chip-and-Pin Card Hack

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THE CHIP-ENABLED CREDIT card system long used in Europe, a watered down version of which is rolling out for the first time in America, is meant to create a double check against fraud. In a so-called “chip-and-PIN” system, a would-be thief has to both steal a victim’s chip-enabled card and be able to enter the victim’s PIN. But French forensics researchers have dissected a real-world case in which criminals outsmarted that system with a seamless chip-switching trick—and pulled off the feat with a slip of plastic that’s almost indistinguishable from a normal credit card.

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