Illinois ECE Saturday Engineering for Everyone

View Full Calendar

Finding Gas Pump Skimmers Using Mobile Phones

Event Type
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Grainger Auditorium (ECEB 1002), 306 N. Wright St., Urbana, IL
Apr 22, 2023   10:00 am  
Maxwell Bland
Todd Sweet

Card skimmers are small devices that can fit on top of real card readers at self-service terminals such as gas pumps or ATMs. They easily blend in with the machine, making them hard to spot. Associate Professor Kirill Levchenko and graduate student Maxwell Bland are part of a team of computer scientists who developed an app enabling state and federal inspectors to detect card skimmers installed in gas pumps or ATMs. 

The app, called Bluetana, detects the Bluetooth signature of skimmers and allows inspectors to find the devices without opening the gas pumps. Bluetana was developed with technical input from the United States Secret Service and is only available to law enforcement officials and gas pump inspectors. It is now used by agencies in several states.

Join us on Saturday to learn more about the stories and technology behind this innovative app!

link for robots only