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GAINESVILLE, Fla.: Patrick Traynor, a cybersecurity expert, was in New York in February working with police to help identify a way to detect credit card skimmers on ATMs when he got a financial fraud alert: His own information had been stolen while he was in town.The New York Police Department is testing the Skim Reaper with some early success in its effort to rid the streets of the pervasive devices. The AP was given exclusive access to the lab where the Skim Reaper was made, as well as NYPD tests of it in the field.Skim Reaper was built to detect when more than one read head is present, Traynor said.The NYPD has four full-time, trained detectives tasked with finding credit-card skimmers installed on ATMs at bodegas, but say the problem is too widespread to be stopped with those resources.In February, Traynor gave the NYPD five Skim Reapers to test.Right now, it costs about $50 to make each Skim Reaper, Traynor said, but his team is working daily to get that number down.
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