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      Credit Card Skimming Attempts Cause Service Ontario Kiosks Closure

      Jun 13, 2012
      The Ontario government shut down Service Ontario kiosks across the province on June 6 after debit card companies reported attempts by individuals to skim credit and debit card information from them in four Toronto-area shopping malls earlier that day. According to an article in The Globe and Mail, the kiosks allow users to renew their driver's licenses and obtain birth certificates. Government Services Minister Harinder Takhar explained that this type of activity is “happening everywhere,” and in this case, the government took the precaution of shutting down the service to ensure the information is protected. Takhar also said there is no indication that personal information had been compromised during the skimming attempts.
      The Ontario government shut down Service Ontario kiosks across the province on June 6 after debit card companies reported attempts by individuals to skim credit and debit card information from them in four Toronto-area shopping malls earlier that day. According to an article in The Globe and Mail, the kiosks allow users to renew their driver's licenses and obtain birth certificates. Government Services Minister Harinder Takhar explained that this type of activity is “happening everywhere,” and in this case, the government took the precaution of shutting down the service to ensure the information is protected. Takhar also said there is no indication that personal information had been compromised during the skimming attempts. 

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