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EDITORIAL: While Security Challenges Grow, So Does High-Tech

Editorial, May 31, 2018

While Security Challenges

Grow, So Does High-Tech

Community Bank’s security camera in Southside Oneonta captures a suspect, left, who looks a lot like images captures after two “skims” in Pennsylvania.

Ten years ago, we might have said, if high-tech can’t solve security problems, its future is limited. Today, high-tech is the King Kong that dominates everyone, and is likely to do so for the foreseeable future.
That doesn’t mean security problems have gone away. If anything, they are more daunting and they are inescapable.

A case in point happened here in Otsego County Saturday, May 19, when a “skimmer” was discovered on an ATM at the Community Bank drive-thru on Southside Oneonta. This device was placed by someone with mischief in mind over that slot on an ATM machine where you slide your credit or debit card.
The “skimmer” will read the information on the magnetic strip on your card, and a little micro-video camera will send it to the person who put the “skimmer” in place, who can then use the data to access your credit information or to make purchases fraudulently.
It turns out, the “skimmer” was placed late on the evening before. The ATM itself diagnosed something was wrong, alerted the repair technician and turned itself off. When the technician arrived the next morning, he quickly figured out what had happened and alerted state police at Troop C, Sidney.
As it happened, the security camera caught an image of the man who placed the “skimmer,” and he looks very much like the man who placed one at another Community Bank branch in Scranton, Pa., in early February, and at a nearby PNC Bank branch in Kingston, nearby Scranton, about the same time.
The photos have been widely circulated, first in the Scranton Times; last week in Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. And no one’s called with an identity yet, so it’s possible that the suspect’s wearing a disguise.
The baseball hat helps. He’s wearing thick-rimmed glasses, and it looks like he may have a false nose.
If you Google “skimmer” devices, you’ll find they look pretty slick. It seems like they actually fit over the ATM slot and unless a customer doesn’t look closely, he or she wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

This kind of thing – and the FBI’s “router alert” issued on Memorial Day advising computer users to restart their machines to side-track Russian trackers – has to concern everyone about the dangers of participating in our brave new technological world?
In reality, high-tech is ubiquitous. There’s no opting out.

A skimmer, foreground, fits right over a real ATM, background.

As it happens, though, Community Bank – and the banking community, generally, no doubt – has been preparing for this and all sorts of other mischief.
One of community’s vice presidents, Hal Wentworth, quickly issued a statement advising customers of something called “Visa’s zero-liability policy” in cases of fraud or unauthorized use of accounts. When this sort of thing happens, it seems, the credit-card company’s customers are protected.
Wentworth asked anyone who suspects a data breach to alert the bank. The investigator, Capt. Scott Heggelke, said no one has come forward, so it looks like customers are in the clear.

Meanwhile, if any other problems occur, or if anyone thinks they recognize our friend with the baseball cap, call state police at 607-432-4844 and perhaps at least this specific situation will be resolved.
Even so, King-Kong will remain.

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Community Bank VP Urges Customers To Consult Local Branch

UPDATE: SCRANTON-SCAMMER PROBE

Consult Local Branch,

Anxious Customers Told

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Authorities say this ATM, located at Community Bank’s Southside Oneonta branch, had been compromised by a card-skimming device. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Community Bank customers concerned their confidential information may have been compromised by the Scranton ATM Scanner are being advised to call their local branches.

Bank Senior VP/Retail Banking Hal Wentworth said bank policy is not to discuss security breaches publicly, but added, “We are cooperating with law enforcement on this ongoing investigation.”

Community Bank follows Visa’s zero-liability policy, Wentworth said, “which protects our customers from fraud or unauthorized use of their accounts.”

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Card Skimmer Found At Southside Bank

‘Card Skimmer’

Located In ATM

At Southside Bank

Press Conference Underway At Troop C

State Police at Troop C today released this image of the individual they suspect may have installed a “card skimmer” at the ATM at Community Bank’s Southside office.

ONEONTA – State police reported today a card-skimming device was found in the ATM on the Community Bank drive-thru window at its Southside Oneonta branch on Route 23, and also released a photo of a man they suspect may have placed it there.

The device, which fits inconspicuously over the card slot, reads information from any card that it swipes; the data can then be used to make fraudulent purchases.

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Local Collector Creates Black History Month Display

Local Collector Creates

Black History Month Display

“If it happened, I want to know about it,” said local American history collector Ed Leone, Oneonta, as he explained his love of collecting memorabilia. “If it existed, I want to own it. I just don’t have room for the pyramids.” Leone has spent the past 30 year collecting all sorts of artifacts and items relating to American history. In honor of Black History Month, Leone rented the display case in front of Community Bank on Main Street, Oneonta, and filled it with his collection of items relating to African American history in the United States. Pictured at right are Leone’s painting of boxing legend Muhammed Ali and a t-shirt featuring a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. “It’s an important part of our history,” said Leone. “I look at this as just another part of American History that needs to be preserved.” (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Community Bank Donates $2,000 To Food Pantry After Church Fire

Community Bank Donates $2,000

To Food Pantry After Church Fire

Community Bank Branch Manager Kevin Moore, Teller Amelia Schuman and Senior Teller Shari VanDeusen present a $2,000 donation to the Milford United Methodist Church’s food pantry, which had to relocate after the church burned down March 12. Of the total, $1,000 was raised by employee donations and dress-down days, which the bank then matched. In addition to the check, the bank’s branches in Otsego and Schoharie counties hosted food collections in their lobbies to restock the pantry after the fire.
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 4

Discover The Outdoors

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OTSEGO OUTDOORS – 4:30 p.m. Learn how you can connect with nature year round. The go on a bike ride, hike, or do some paddling on Gilbert Lake. Includes refreshments. Glibert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd., Laurens. Info, www.otsego2000.org/2017/04/27/launching-otsego-outdoors/

LOCAL HISTORY – 7 p.m. “Lose the Battle, Win the War: Women’s Fight to Vote in Cooperstown,” a presentation with the League of Women Voters exploring the movement in Otsego County that lead to women gaining the right to vote across New York State 100 years ago. Christ Church Parish Hall, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/LWVoftheCooperstownArea/

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Community Bank Completes FoxCare Cancer Center Pledge

Community Bank’s $20,000

Assists Cancer Fight At Fox

Mark Tryniski, left, Community Bank president/CEO, and Radiation Therapist Roy Doremus, right, look into the eye of the Foxcare Cancer Treatment Center's linear accelerator.  Tryniski was at FoxCare today to deliver the final $20,000 payment of a $100,000 pledge the bank made toward the 2012 purchase of the advanced apparatus, which more accurately pinpoints tumors and treats them, avoiding the need for more intense radiation.  Behind them are, from left, Jeff Lord, Commercial Banking team leader, Joe Sutaris, bank vice president, and Jeff Joyner, Fox Hospital president.   "These cutting-edge treatments are changing the landscape of cancer treatment, making radiation therapy an open for many more patients than ever before," said Joyner.   He also thanked the Dewar and Robinson Broadhurst foundation for helping cover the accelerator's price.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Mark Tryniski, left, Community Bank president/CEO, and Radiation Therapist Roy Doremus, right, look into the eye of the Foxcare Cancer Treatment Center’s linear accelerator.  Tryniski was at FoxCare today to deliver the final $20,000 payment of a $100,000 pledge the bank made toward the 2012 purchase of the advanced apparatus, which more accurately pinpoints tumors and treats them, avoiding the need for more intense radiation.  Behind them are, from left, Jeff Lord, Commercial Banking team leader, Joe Sutaris, bank vice president, and Jeff Joyner, Fox Hospital president.   “These cutting-edge treatments are changing the landscape of cancer treatment, making radiation therapy an opportunity for many more patients than ever before,” said Joyner.   He also thanked the Dewar and Robinson Broadhurst foundation for helping cover the accelerator’s price.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Community Bank Winter Games Sponsor

Community Bank Winter Games Sponsor

Mark Tryniski president/CEO of Community Bank, which has branches through Otsego County,  announced this morning that the bank has been named the title sponsor for the 2017 Empire State Winter Games.  At a press conference this morning in Canton, where the bank was founded, Tryniski has flanked by, from left, Craig Randall, mayor of Lake Placid; Tait Wardlaw, Empire State Winter Games director; Gordy Sheer, past Olympic luge participant and ESWG alum; and Andrew Weibrecht, past Olympic alpine skier and ESWG alum.
Mark Tryniski, president/CEO of Community Bank, which has branches through Otsego County,  announced this morning that the bank has been named the title sponsor for the 2017 Empire State Winter Games.  At a press conference this morning in Canton, where the bank was founded, Tryniski has flanked by, from left, Craig Randall, mayor of Lake Placid; Tait Wardlaw, Empire State Winter Games director; Gordy Sheer, past Olympic luge participant and ESWG alum; and Andrew Weibrecht, past Olympic alpine skier and ESWG alum.
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Community Bank Celebrates 150 Years

Community Bank

Celebrates 150 Years

Happy Birthday to Community Bank who is celebrating its 150th anniversary! Started in St. Lawrence County in 1886, one year after the National Bank Act was established, the company came to the area in 2011 when they merged with Wilber Bank at their current location at Ford and Main in Oneonta. Stops in today for a slice of cake from Soda Jerks, and other refreshments. Pictured here are Senior V.P. Joe Sutaris, front, with Andrew McNichol, Susan Blanchard, Galina Whitman, Michael Neumann, Ranee' Moss, Michelle Deming, Mike Walling, Cherri Jones and Meta Currie. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Happy birthday to Community Bank as it celebrates its 150th anniversary! Founded in St. Lawrence County in 1886, one year after the National Bank Act was passed, the company came to Otsego County in 2011 when they merged with Wilber Bank.   Stop in today at the regional office at Main and Ford, Oneonta, or at the Cooperstown branch on Route 28 south for birthday cake and other refreshments. Pictured here is Vice President & Regional Executive Joe Sutaris, center.  Others, from left, are Andrew McNichol, Susan Blanchard, Galina Whitman, Michael Neumann, Ranee’ Moss, Michelle Deming, Mike Walling, Cherri Jones and Meta Currie. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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