Lachlan Gunn

Lachlan Gunn

Director at BenAlpin Ltd
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Bio Lachlan is Director of BenAlpin Ltd, a security consultancy, and is also founder and a Director of European ATM Security Team Ltd, an independent, non-profit, international ATM user group. EAST has active membership from Banks and ATM Networks in 28 countries, is supported by Europol and Eurojust, Career History Lachlan began his career in the Armed Forces and has managed several Security companies in Asia-Pacific. He has spoken at 16 international security conferences in Europe since 2001 including events organised by NCR, Wincor Nixdorf, ATMIA, IIR and the BKA. Lachlan is also a Writer and has publ


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Heat from your fingers could disclose your PIN at an ATM

30 Aug 2011

Thermal cameras can apparently detect heat signatures from your fingers on the keys after you have left an ATM. The degree of heat residue can also indicate in which order you touched them! This technology will not work effectively on metal key pads, only on plastic ones, and the successs window is limited. The message "cover your PIN when ma...


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Do you get SMS alerts for debit card transactions?

18 Aug 2011

Does your bank provide SMS alerts for debit card transactions? If it does, do you use the service? According to an article in the Times of India, with effect from July 2011, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made it mandatory for ALL Indian banks to provide this service to debit card holders, and all debit card holders are required to register t...



Europol busts international cross border skimming operation

18 Jul 2011

Operation Night Clone is a great success for Europol - not only has a major international skimming group been taken out of play, but Europol has again shown its operational teeth as a pan-European Law Enforcement Agency. While the Operation was led by Italy, authorities from Bulgaria, Poland, Spain and the USA were also involved. Europol took t...


Fraud migrates away as European EMV rollout nears completion

22 Jun 2011

The European ATM Security Team (EAST) has just published a chart showing the impact on ATM related skimming losses of the rollout of EMV (chip and PIN) at European ATMs. There appears to have been a great deal of discussion about the merits of EMV in the United States recently, as the impact of card skimming is increasingly felt. Here in Europe n...


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