Wednesday , January 17, 2018

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ThreatMetrix Reports a 100% Increase in Third-Quarter Cyberattacks in Just Two Years

It’s not a pretty picture, but then anything detailing the proliferation of cybercrime isn’t likely to have a bright side. ThreatMetrix Inc., in its “2017 Q3 Cybercrime Report,” says it detected and stopped 171 million attacks in the third quarter, a 100% increase from the 2015 third quarter. The report, …

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As the Holiday-Shopping Season Looms, E-Retailers Face Rising Security Challenges

The fourth-quarter holiday shopping season may be a big present in the form of more sales for retailers, but it may also bring with it a lump of coal in the form of amped-up cyberattacks and fraud attempts. Two of the most beneficial measures retailers can take to secure their …

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Frequency of Breaches Points up Limited Capabilities of Cybersecurity Teams, Survey Says

Data breaches have grown so frequent that at least some observers have begun to question whether cybersecurity staffs within corporate and government entities are up to the challenge of stopping them. “You just have to look at the continued ubiquity of breaches in the headlines to know that we’re losing …

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COMMENTARY: How To Avoid a Hidden Retail Security Threat

In 2015, 70% of breaches reported by global retailers were directed at POS devices. With the quantity of exploits only increasing, retail CIOs cannot rely on industry minimum guidelines to set out their security strategy. While the Payment Card Industry data-security standard (PCI DSS) provides a strong baseline of security …

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With New Anti-Fraud Systems in Place, WEX Says Skimming Losses Are Trending Down

After suffering a spike in fraud from skimmers on gas pumps earlier this year, fleet-fueling payment specialist WEX Inc. reported Wednesday that fraud losses are falling thanks to its new risk-control systems. “The steps we have taken to reduce losses fraud have started to pay off,” Roberto Simon, chief financial …

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VocaLink, PayPal, And P2P Will Help Propel Mastercard, the Network’s Boss Says

Mastercard Inc. enjoyed a strong third quarter, and Tuesday morning its top executive was not shy about celebrating some of the trends that he expects will further lift results for the world’s second-largest payment card network. These include recent acquisitions, a global partnership with PayPal Holdings Inc., and budding developments …

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Western Union and Mastercard Bring a New Twist to Money Transfers

The Western Union Co. this week positioned itself to fend off competition from peer-to-peer payment services by partnering with Mastercard Inc. to integrate Mastercard Send into its money-transfer service. The service, which is expected to be available in only the United States starting in early 2018, will allow consumers to …

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New York City’s Transit Agency Dives Into Contactless Payment Technology

Contactless payments got a big boost Wednesday when the New York City area’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved a $539.5 million contract with San Diego-based Cubic Transportation Systems to install a near-field communication-based payment system across all MTA transit and commuter-rail systems that includes open-loop payments. The deal means MTA riders …

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Small Merchants Boost Vantiv as the Processor’s Merger With Worldpay Draws Closer

As its merger with London-based merchant acquirer Worldpay Group plc gets closer, payment processor Vantiv Inc. reported Thursday that it saw strong growth in its merchant-acquiring segment in the third quarter, especially from small and mid-sized merchants. Symmes Township, Ohio-based Vantiv said net third-quarter revenues in its Merchant Services   segment …

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PCI Council Leadership Shifts Gears, and the Organization Adds 3-D Secure Standards

The PCI Security Standards Council is without a general manager as the organization that establishes electronic-payments security standards prepares to go in a new direction with its leadership. Out is Stephen W. Orfei, who joined the council in 2014 as general manager and replaced Bob Russo, the council’s original G.M. …

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