Not a bad idea the magnetic strip always intrigued me, so i've started to think like a carder obviously without the goal to harm people..
Here are some research made by others i've found/learn from:
La face cachée des tickets RATP (French article)
Explication de la sécurité des bandes magnétiques (French article)
RATP Hacking (French also)
Lecture de bandes magnétiques DIY (French)
I've also buy two French ebooks:
A good French television report about skimming "Encore + d'action Arnaques aux faux papiers : révélations sur un scandale"
So... let's start.
Firstly to be familiar with the magnetic strip, i've buy a MSR605:
20 blank cards was with my MSR:
A card to clean the MSR (i don't know what that look like)
Writing a card:
Carder asking question about the MSR605:
The Msr206 is mainly used/recommended by carders because of it popularity and due to encoding softwares.
My Msr605 is compatible Msr206, so i profit of it for do a 'fast' review of "The Jerm" a software coded by carder, for carders:
There is even a help file:
I was hmm "wow cool he made this because orginal software sucks" so i've do the same for fun.
First time i use the MSComm control of Visual Basic :)
I've also view this software on a carding forum and still made in Visual Basic:
I've searched a bit and found a clear explanation here is a copy/past:
So i't's simple i've already do a better app than DarkAngel in just 11 lines by just using String Functions of VB:
If you wonder what 'disco' do on my MSR 605 Utils:
Well that cool, i've read my train tickets, bus, played with leds and shit's...
I've also buy an UV LED flashlight, to view holograms and stuff (i don't really need that but my friend got owned last time):
Security guilloche visible by UV:
After this i've started a more serious project: build a skimmer.
I've do some search on how these device work, what's i need, where, etc...
And figured that making a skimmer was really simple, afterall it's just a simple magnetic swipe reader.
So i've searched on Google a website to buy electronics and found a Chinese company.
For 450$ i've buy the battery, and everything i need to read correctly and save datas of any magnetic cards. (and the company have pay DHL)
450$ USD for just 0.200 kg of electronic is a bit expensive, but MSR material have a high cost.
And yeah, it's very small:
Also fun fact: when i received the package, they don't talk about MSR stuff but about USB cables:
These USB cables:
Although these cables looks like a standard mobile phone cable, it is not.
It contains a USB to Serial Port convertor and a custom pin layout, therefore it cannot be replaced by any other cable made by other manufacturers.
Using other cables can dammage the electronic.
USB Charger Cable charging the battery:
There’s a red LED flickering when the battry is not found.
Once connected, the red LED will be light, when the LED will turn off, it means the battery is full.
Now, the main problem was to get ATM plastic.
Firstly i've thought to build a RepRap and then build my plastic with (a RepRap is a free desktop 3D printer)
Some carders also wanted me to buy their plastics, the prices of one guys:
100$ NCR over anti MCIR
80$ Wincor nano2
150$ NCR round
+ DHL 80$, and minimum order: 5 pieces.
For me, that was clearly not possible, to cooperate with a criminal so i've searched another option.
And finally i've found a guys (Once again from China) who can sell me heatpressed Wincor plastic for the cheap price of 66.11$ (DHL included)
It's the original ATM anti-skimming part, not the skimmer version.
but carders have already adapted the work to skim anti-skimmer:
Let's have a look on the electronic CD, a software is provided.
For the first use they ask us a password who can be changed later:
Card dump saved on the electronic:
A video is probably better so...
The price of a complet skimmer are really high on carders forums, when carders on underground forum sell skimmers for ~2000$ i've made myself one (sure it can't be used) for just 516.11$ price is divided by 3.
I can also buy a camera and shit's but i've stopped here (what's i will do with all this material after?)
For the video i thinked to a key chain spy camera:
There is another solution if the guys try to cover the pin: fake atm keyboard.
Interview with a guys who work for the French governement (thanks again!):
I've also asked my bank advisor if i can interview her about credit card/skimming general but she was embarrassed, so i've leave.
A surprise when i've go to my bank:
I think it's more a dysfonctionnement than a skimming failure, the bank was closed so i got no answer.
For information, when a carder want to use French hacked cards, they don't do it in France.
They go to Italia because French atm require a chip (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_card).
See 'Interview with a carder' for more infs (http://www.xylibox.com/2012/01/interview-with-carder.html)
After there is something called Basic Card® but i've not looked how i can copy the chip for the moment, i've just read some docs on Multi-System & Internet Security Cookbook and that all.
For my 'skimmer' i will just keep it on my cybercrime object collections.
And i will probably have a look on RFID technology if my contract of employment will be renewed...
Broken ATM photo by Mike Hillman.