Cracking the Credit Card Code [Infographic]

By Jason Fitzpatrick on March 25th, 2011

You likely use a credit or debit card on a daily basis; have you ever wondered how exactly your card number is generated? Check out this infographic breakdown to see.

Your card number is a composite of industry identifiers, the ID of the issuing institution, account numbers, checksums, and more. Hit up the link below to see how the lengthy number is broken down into individual components and how, with some Rain Man like mental gymnastics, you can calculate the validity of any credit card number.

Cracking the Credit Card Code [Mint via Alltop]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/25/11
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