.... and while I don't know of any internet-based evesdropping for account number harvesting .... there are numerous reports of skimming in the physical world .... harvesting of account numbers by all sorts of techniques. These include things like video cameras by crooks trained on various kinds of POS and other terminals.

misc. skimming references:
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/aadsm12.htm#40 In Brief: Anti-'Skimming' Guidelines Coming
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/aadsm12.htm#57 eBay Customers Targetted by Credit Card Scam
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/aadsm6.htm#pcards The end of P-Cards?
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/aadsm6.htm#pcards2 The end of P-Cards? (addenda)
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/aadsm6.htm#pcards3 The end of P-Cards? (addenda)
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/aepay10.htm#3 High-tech Thieves Snatch Data From ATMs (including PINs)
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/aepay10.htm#41 ATM Scams - Whose Liability Is It, Anyway?
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/aepay10.htm#44 Credit Card Skimming Rising In The US
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/aepay6.htm#ccfraud2 "out of control credit card fraud"
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/aepay9.htm#skim High-tech Thieves Snatch Data From ATMs (including PINs)
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/2001f.html#40 Remove the name from credit cards!
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/2002i.html#74 A Lesson In Security
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/2002j.html#60 How to map a user account to a digital cert?
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/2002j.html#63 SSL integrity guarantees in abscense of client certificates
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/2002l.html#20 Backdoor in AES ?
http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/2002m.html#36 (OT) acceptance of technology, was: Convenient and secure
Anne & Lynn Wheeler http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/
Internet trivia 20th anv http://www.garlic.com/~lynn/rfcietff.htm

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