Saturday, August 22, 2009

Magnetic Stripe Reader

Magnetic Stripe Reader
Billy Hoffman | Make Vol. 01 - 2005 | Pdf | 16 pgs | 3 mb
Open your wallet. How many cards in there have magstripes on them? If you're like me, the answer is five or six. Ever wonder what's encoded on them?

I did. One day a friend of mine had a $200 off-the-shelf magstripe reader, so I ran my cards through it. Aside from the expected credit card numbers, I was surprised by the amount of personal information encoded on them. In fact, for reasons I still don't know, two cards contained my Social Security number.

Now you can find out. This project shows you how to make a magstripe reader for less than $40.

No comments:

Post a Comment