Bluetana : App to detect skimmers

Photos/David Baillot/Jacobs School of Engineering/UC San Diego

- Bluetana detects skimmers’ Bluetooth signature and is more accurate.

- Bluetana takes 3 seconds to detect illegal card skimmers, unlike law enforcement agencies who can take up to 30 minutes for inspection.

- A team of computer scientists at UC San Diego and the University of Illinois has developed an app that allows state and federal inspectors to detect devices that criminals install in gas pumps to steal consumer credit and debit card data. The devices, known as skimmers, use Bluetooth to transmit the data they steal.


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