Saturday , September 22, 2018

Credit Cards

Data Thieves Increasingly Target Service Providers, Trustwave Reports

Point-of-sale integrators, help desks, and other computer-related service providers for businesses, look out—the hackers are after you. The new Global Security Report 2018 from Chicago-based Trustwave says service providers were involved in 9.5% of the 700-plus data compromises the firm investigated in 2017. In 2016, service providers played a role …

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Chicago Commuter-Rail Agency Will End Online Ticket Sales in Part To Avoid PCI Costs

Metra, the commuter-rail agency in the Chicago area, will cease selling tickets on its Web site in late June, partly to avoid payment card security expenses. Riders, however, will still have a mobile-ticketing option through the Chicago Transit Authority’s Ventra fare system. Metra, which operates 11 transit lines and carries …

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Litecoin Founder Charlie Lee: ‘We’re Targeted Toward Payments’

Lately, the cryptocurrency craze has raised any number of questions, but probably the most pressing one for the payments business is whether any of these hundreds of tokens can ever succeed as an actual payment device. But while fluctuating trading values plague all of the digital currencies, one stands out …

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Saks, Lord & Taylor Breach Exposes 5 Million Card Numbers

Data from 5 million stolen credit and debit cards is coming up for sale, and a cybersecurity firm says the cards were used at retailers Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Saks’ off-price chain Saks Off Fifth. Many details about the breach remain unknown, including the extent to which …

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Both Contactless EMV Cards And Wallets Should Stock Issuers’ Offerings, Expert Argues

As financial institutions move beyond mag-stripe payment cards, they face a crucial question: should we support mobile wallets, and if we do, should we also issue contactless cards? In the eyes of at least one observer, the answer is an unequivocal “yes” and “yes,” even though the former would seem …

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A Fed Study Probes Payments Fraud and Security Vulnerabilities

The Federal Reserve announced Thursday that work began this month on a new study to measure fraud and associated costs to the U.S. payments system as well as identify fraud’s causes and contributing factors. After a competitive bidding process, the central bank hired Boston-based The Boston Consulting Group to do …

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An Expert Predicts Gas Stations Will Fall Short of Meeting Their EMV Deadline

The U.S. petroleum industry has until October 2020 to comply with the card networks’ deadline to accept EMV chip cards. Will it make it? According to one expert observer, the odds aren’t good. “Some will not be ready,” Terry Mahoney, a partner who follows the industry at Chicago-based W. Capra …

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Canadians Embrace Contactless Payments, but Are Cautious About Other New Payment Forms

Canadians are now quite comfortable with contactless payments, but they view other new payment forms cautiously, according to new findings from Visa Inc.’s Canadian unit. Some 52% of 1,000 adults polled in February for Toronto-based Visa Canada said they are regular users of contactless cards. Also, 80% of respondents said …

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Visa Gets Set for the Next Big EMV Phase—Making Contactless Transactions Routine

With the EMV conversion mostly behind it, the United States is ripe for another big change at the point of sale—adoption of tap-and-go payments, says Visa Inc. With 96% of its payment volume now chip-based, “the next thing we’re focusing on is contactless,” Stephanie Ericksen, the card network’s vice president …

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60% of Consumers Would Make a Voice-Commerce Purchase, a TSYS Survey Finds

A strong majority of consumers—60%—would use an intelligent personal assistant or voice-activated speaker to make a purchase or payment, finds the latest iteration of the TSYS U.S. Consumer Payment Study. The response is notable in because it was less than a year ago that another survey found only 19% of …

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