Thursday , April 25, 2019

Fraud & Security

Nexgo is New ExaDigm Name and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 4/25/19

Point-of-sale equipment maker ExaDigm Inc. changed its name to Nexgo Inc., which is a subsidiary of XGD Group. Bluefin Payment Systems LLC said Convenient Payments LLC, developer of the GovTeller point-of-sale software, will use Bluefin’s encryption services. Shift4 Payments released its RESTful application programming interface for its integration partners. A …

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The Extortionists Behind Ransomware Are Demanding Dramatically Higher Sums

Not all security breaches are designed to steal data. Instead, an increasing number these days are programmed to hold data hostage. And the sums demanded by the malefactors behind so-called ransomware attacks are rising fast. The average ransom in the first quarter came to $12,762, up 89% just from the …

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Bad Bots Favor Financial Services, Report Finds

Being Number 1 when it comes to malicious online bot traffic is not the highest praise for the financial-services industry. But, that’s where the industry stands in the “2019 Bad Bot Report: The Bot Arms Race Continues,” released Wednesday by Distil Networks. Of the traffic tracked in the report, 42.2% …

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To Get Ready for PSD2, Stripe Buys a Developer of Strong-Authentication Tools

In advance of a key European regulation taking effect late this summer, San Francisco-based payments provider Stripe Inc. has acquired Touchtech Payments, a developer of authentication software. Terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, were not disclosed. Founded in 2014, Dublin-based Touchtech specializes in code that establishes customer identities for financial …

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Payment Processor Banned Following Violation of FTC Settlement

A federal judge has banned payments provider Priority Payout Corp. and its owner Thomas Wells from ever directly or indirectly working in the payment-processing industry following a violation of a 2009 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Announced last week, the ban, ordered by U.S. District Court Judge James C. …

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Fuel Pump Security Worries 62% and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 4/15/19

Ahead of a major push for EMV chip card payments at fuel pumps, some 62% of U.S. adults are concerned about the security of their financial data when making payments at fuel pumps or convenience stores, according to a March survey of 1,270 adults conducted by YouGov and released Monday …

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Visa To Lower Its Chargeback and Fraud Ratios for Merchants in October

Visa Inc. will lower its merchant dispute and fraud ratios in October. Merchants that exceed the revised ratios could be placed in monitoring programs meant to control risk. Visa hasn’t announced the new standards publicly, but has informed the merchant-acquiring community. Digital Transactions News obtained some of the key new …

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The Latest AFP Fraud Study Unveils a Surprising Jump in Fraud on the ACH

Which payment method holds the dubious distinction of racking up the fastest growth in fraud last year? According to the latest annual fraud report from the Association for Financial Professionals, it’s debits and credits on the automated clearing house network. In fact, the ACH was the only payment method examined …

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ACH Fraud up, Says AFP and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 4/9/19

There has been a “noticeable increase” in fraud on credits and debits on the automated clearing house network, according to the latest “Payments Fraud and Control Survey Report” from the Association for Financial Professionals. Some 33% of responding organizations reported ACH debit fraud in 2018, up from 28% in 2017, …

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Nxt-ID Closes in on a Spin-Off of Its Fit Pay Payments And Tokenization Unit

Nxt-ID Inc. is getting closer to spinning off its Fit Pay Inc. unit, which markets the contactless-payment technology behind Garmin Pay and Swatch Pay and also this week began shipping a contactless device to allow consumers to spend their Bitcoin holdings at stores. The spin-off, first announced in September, will …

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