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Credit card swipe machines have shipped with the same password since the 1990s
BoingBoing ^ | 4-24-2015 | Rob Beschizza

Posted on 04/24/2015 2:40:30 PM PDT by Citizen Zed

It would be comical, were it not such big business for bad people.

[The vendor wasn't named by the researchers, David Byrne and Charles Henderson, but they did disclose the password: 166816.

A Google search reveals that's the default password for several models of credit card terminal sold by Verifone, a Silicon Valley-based vendor that says it connects 27 million payment devices and has operations in 150 countries.

The researchers said that the password remains in use on nine out of 10 terminals they see from the vendor, in part because customers mistakenly assume it is unique to them.]

"Even knowing this password, sensitive payment information or (personally identifiable information) cannot be captured," says Verifone.


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In case you missed it in the '90s.
1 posted on 04/24/2015 2:40:30 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
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To: Citizen Zed

I want to go back to 1972.


2 posted on 04/24/2015 2:54:06 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: Citizen Zed

I remember when we had to look up number in a tiny print magazine that was updated monthly and the swipe machine had an ink roller.


3 posted on 04/24/2015 3:42:30 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Citizen Zed

Let me guess: password


4 posted on 04/24/2015 3:55:49 PM PDT by GingisK
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To: Citizen Zed

1234


5 posted on 04/24/2015 4:08:03 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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