You can’t always trust those mobile payment gadgets as far as you can throw them – bugs found by infosec duo

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Black Hat Those gadgets and apps used by small shops and traders to turn their smartphones and tablets into handheld sales terminals? Quite possibly insecure, you’ll no doubt be shocked to discover.

These mobile terminals are often seen in cafes, gyms, and other modest-sized businesses to take non-cash payments. The merchant taps out a figure, you swipe your card through some device physically or wirelessly attached to the phone or tablet, and the transaction is handled electronically over the internet. Unfortunately, these relatively cheap devices are not always particularly secure, according to a nine-month study by Positive Technologies.

The probe was carried out by Leigh-Anne Galloway and Tim Yunusov, who started off


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