No one can deny the convenience of using credit cards, especially during the holiday season. Besides, it is much safer to carry plastic instead of cash while shopping, right?
Well, you actually might be wrong.
According to a duo of German security experts, you may be at a greater risk when using a card. These code breakers claim that they discovered an error in payment terminals that make it easy for hackers to steal your money.
This, of course, is pretty ironic since payment terminals are primarily designed to protect your personal information.
German security experts found a massive flaw in the credit card security system. Sadly, no one is taking action about it.
According to Karsten Nohl of Berlin’s Security Research Labs:
“Previous attacks exploit software bugs, like you would have on your computer. Ones that can be fixed with a software update. Now, what we’re attacking is the protocol itself. The devices work exactly as intended and are still vulnerable. So this is a risk that cannot easily be fixed with a patch. The entire system would have to be overhauled.”
Nohl and Fabian Braunlein, his partner, believe that hackers can easily tap into the wireless network thus, stealing valuable information from credit card users. Sadly, credit card companies are staying mum about the whole situation.
Nohl pointed out:
“The companies responsible for these security vulnerabilities, including the banks – they certainly acknowledged the issue, but they are reluctant to react to it. They’re saying – ‘fraud is not happening yet’, but it’s just a matter of time. So, by not reacting now that it’s known – they’re adding insult to injury.”
Aside from stealing your money, hackers may even duplicate your credit card as demonstrated by Fabian Braunlein.
Braunlein even said that apart from running away with your money, the hackers could even clone your card.
Watch the video here and learn more:
So apparently, paying in cash may be a better option for you in the long run. Share your thoughts about this scary scam by leaving a comment below.
NASA Is Planning to Farm Potatoes on Mars
Would you like some potatoes imported from Mars in the future?
It is cheap, it is very easy to grow, it is nutritious and filling. Could potatoes be the answer to world hunger? Or the future rootcrop of human colonies that will live in Mars? Well, the answer might be yes.
In a bid to provide food security amidst diminishing land area for agriculture, as well as the possibility of farming in Mars for future human colonies there; NASA is collaborating with the Peru-based International Potato Center (CIP) to grow potatoes on the Red Planet.
Can potatoes from Mars soon be a reality?
Unseen Video of Miss Universe 2015. Ms. Philippines Snobbed and Shunned Away!
More Controversies surrounf Miss Universe 2015: Miss Philippines shunned by fellow contestants, and Ms. Germany saying ” I am not happy with the results. None of us voted for Philippines”
The controversies surrounding the recently concluded Miss Universe 2015 last Sunday in Las Vegas has not yet died down. The pageant host, Steve Harvey already issued multiple Facebook posts and tweets online apologizing to everybody for the mix up in announcing the results. However, those apologies don't seem enough as relationships between the girls have been tarnished.
After the incident, netizens had varying reactions some of which took to humor and jokes such as creating memes pertaining to the event. Others were joyous that their bet Ms. Philippines actually won the crown, while others expressed unhappiness over the mix-up. Such is the case in this footage taken by Missosology, a Facebook page dedicated to pageantries.
Watch how the other contestants ignored Ms. Philippines Pia Wurtzbach
In the video, it can be seen that Ms. Philippines tried to approach Ms. Colombia who was surrounded by her friends. When she came nearer, some of the contestants snobbed her and shook their head in disapproval such as Ms. Venezuela and Ms. Montenegro. If listened closely, it can be heard that some of the girls even told her "Philippines, just step back please" and ushered her away. ...
Cruise ship Anchor Destroys Ancient Coral Reef in Cayman Islands
In a matter of seconds, the cruise ship destroyed a valuable coral reef that took more than a thousand years to grow.
Coral reefs are essential both to humans and marine species. According to the World Wildlife Fund, coral reefs serve as nurseries and shelters to almost a quarter of our ocean’s fish---a vital source of food and income for people. Additionally, they help break waves when hurricanes and tsunamis occur; thus, preventing floods and coastal erosion. These are just some of the benefits we reap from coral reefs; however, due to our reckless and exploitative practices, we are also responsible for their destruction.
On Tuesday, a diving instructor named Scott Prodahl decided to investigate when he noticed that the Pullmantur Zenith cruise ship anchored near an ancient coral reef off the Cayman Islands....