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Welcome back, this morning, on our roster report series hacking your holiday, there is an urgent warning for everybody buying gift cards at a popular retail, a lot of people pay attention to this today, national investigative correspondent.
Jeff Rossen is here to explain hijack, good morning, five days left till Christmas and you believe it and this is when gift cards get popular, because if you’re a last-minute shopper like I am, they’re an easy present, everyone loves them, you can’t go wrong.
But this morning, we are exposing what a cyber security expert calls a serious flaw with Nordstrom gift cards, the expert came to us saying he and potentially others could hack Nordstrom and gain access to the gift cards draining them all down to zero dollars before you can even use them.
So before you go shopping, don’t worry, we’re about to show your money gift cards are big business, according to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend nearly twenty eight billion dollars on gift cards this year alone, but what if your card was compromised and the money on it completely wiped before you ever went shopping cyber security.
Expert Jim Stickley has come to us with an urgent alert, telling us he’s cracked the code with Nordstrom gift cards, he can hack in and drain all the money, I have 10 Nordstrom gift cards here, you’re saying you can hack these, not only can I hack those, but also the cars that are for sale now.
I can hack those when they become activated drain the funds from them as well, because I can write software, that’s designed to go after a website and pull the card pins one at a time from each car.
It’s flying through pin numbers one at a time, it captures them, all he says he’s discovered a few problems with Nordstrom gift cards including shorter PIN numbers than most retailers had no protection from BOTS.
We are not showing you how he does it, but within minutes, the money on that card could be gone, you’re obviously one of the good men here, you brought it to our attention.
But if you were a criminal, what could you do with this information? Obviously, I have the card number and the pin, I can start making purchases with Nordstrom or their sites out there, they’ll buy these cards from you, so I could sell the cards to the third parties and make right off the bat.
Then you try this on other retailers too, I have looked at other retailers as well, norstrom had a flaw in their design that allowed this to work where the others generally don’t and she says thieves can take it even further snapping simple photos of gift cards on racks and once activated draining those cards.
This is my North’s from gift card here, we put 50 bucks on it and this is the packaging, it came in, we have it touch the packaging at all, you’re saying like this, you could hack it absolutely if you look here, last 16 digits, that’s the card number and then there’s a three-digit PIN.
So all I have to do is to crack the three-digit PIN and this is how it’s sold with this being shown plain as day to prove, he can do it, he gets to work on my car, that’s easy, it is telling us he’s drained the funds, but did it work?
I take the gift card to Nordstrom checking to see if he’s drained it, thank you very much, happy holidays, thank you, I called Nordstrom to tell them what we found.
This is Jeff Rossen calling from NBC News, a security expert came to us and said that he’s found what he calls a flaw in the Nordstrom system with gift cards where he’s able to hack into the system and literally drain all the gift cards down.
He wants to show you how he did this, so you can fix the problem Nordstrom declined to meet with us in person, so we connected the retailer with the security expert by phone, he walked them through the problem and how to fix the flaw Nordstrom telling NBC news.
Our customers are always our top priority if we learn, they were negatively impacted by an issue with our gift card systems, we’d work quickly to take care of them adding that we have a number of gift card security controls in place and the team of experts that regularly test review and enhance those controls securing gift cards to protect your money this holiday.
I have some good news to report since we connected Nordstrom with our expert in the piece, they have now fixed the problem, so some good news there, so what can you do to protect yourself and your gift cards no matter what the company is.
We’ve all seen these racks like this at grocery stores and pharmacies, but the big tip here experts say you shouldn’t buy gift cards from these public racks, instead, buy them at stores where they keep the gift cards behind the counter where they’re secured that way thieves can’t walk up.
Turn it around and copy down the numbers, if you can buy the gift cards online, that’s even better, but if you have to buy them from Iraq, there’s something else I want you to look for.
Come on in here with me, make sure the barcode is fine, you see that little pin number there, the three or four-digit number, if you see that three or four-digit number exposed move on to another rack, don’t buy that gift card, because that is exactly how the hackers can get in, not worth the risk, a lot of times, you have to scratch it off priests crach, don’t get that, I have that $50 gift card that was drained down it for you.