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Circuit Break Podcast #211

Credit Card Vigilantes – Skim Reaper

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Patrick Traynor and Christian Peeters join Parker and Stephen to discuss detecting Credit Card Skimming devices and the Skim Reaper device.

Patrick Traynor

  • CEO of Skim Reaper
  • The Dasburg Family Preeminent Chair in Engineering in the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida

Christian Peeters

  • CTO of Skim Reaper
  • Ph.D Student in the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida

Skim Reaper

  • What is Skim Reaper
    • How does it work?
    • Behind the name
      • Did you know that when your PCB’s first hit our production line we thought you were manufacturing a skimming device!
    • Swipe vs Chip
  • How did you start? What was the beginning of the project?
  • The hardware itself
    • Form Factor challenges
    • Engineering Roadblocks you had to overcome?
  • Growing your business
    • What is your method for getting media coverage to spread the news about the Skim Reaper device
    • Plans for future growth and market expansion
  • So if someone detects a skimmer..what do they do?
Patrick Traynor, CEO of Skim Reaper

Patrick Traynor, CEO of Skim Reaper

Christian Peeters, CTO of Skim Reaper

Christian Peeters, CTO of Skim Reaper

The Skim Reaper in Action!

The Skim Reaper in Action!

About the Hosts

Parker Dillmann
  Parker Dillmann

Parker is an Electrical Engineer with backgrounds in Embedded System Design and Digital Signal Processing. He got his start in 2005 by hacking Nintendo consoles into portable gaming units. The following year he designed and produced an Atari 2600 video mod to allow the Atari to display a crisp, RF fuzz free picture on newer TVs. Over a thousand Atari video mods where produced by Parker from 2006 to 2011 and the mod is still made by other enthusiasts in the Atari community.

In 2006, Parker enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin as a Petroleum Engineer. After realizing electronics was his passion he switched majors in 2007 to Electrical and Computer Engineering. Following his previous background in making the Atari 2600 video mod, Parker decided to take more board layout classes and circuit design classes. Other areas of study include robotics, microcontroller theory and design, FPGA development with VHDL and Verilog, and image and signal processing with DSPs. In 2010, Parker won a Ti sponsored Launchpad programming and design contest that was held by the IEEE CS chapter at the University. Parker graduated with a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Spring of 2012.

In the Summer of 2012, Parker was hired on as an Electrical Engineer at Dynamic Perception to design and prototype new electronic products. Here, Parker learned about full product development cycles and honed his board layout skills. Seeing the difficulties in managing operations and FCC/CE compliance testing, Parker thought there had to be a better way for small electronic companies to get their product out in customer's hands.

Parker also runs the blog,, where he posts his personal projects, technical guides, and appnotes about board layout design and components.

Stephen Kraig
  Stephen Kraig

Stephen Kraig is a component engineer working in the aerospace industry. He has applied his electrical engineering knowledge in a variety of contexts previously, including oil and gas, contract manufacturing, audio electronic repair, and synthesizer design. A graduate of Texas A&M, Stephen has lived his adult life in the Houston, TX, and Denver, CO, areas.

Stephen has never said no to a project. From building guitar amps (starting when he was 17) to designing and building his own CNC table to fine-tuning the mineral composition of the water he uses to brew beer, he thrives on testing, experimentation, and problem-solving. Tune into the podcast to learn more about the wacky stuff Stephen gets up to.

Special thanks to whixr over at Tymkrs for the intro and outro!