Friday , October 19, 2018

Fraud & Security

In Boarding New Accounts And Reducing Abandonment, Biometrics May Be Nearing the Mainstream

Biometric authentication may be coming into its own as a tool to aid financial institutions and payments companies in serving their customers. At financial institutions, as much as $20.75 million is saved annually using biometric authentication instead of SMS one-time password services, says Reston, Va.-based Daon Inc., a biometric-services company, …

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Financial Institutions’ Costs Increase to $2.92 for Every Dollar of Fraud, Says LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Financial institutions, like their retailer counterparts, are feeling the effects of fraud through higher costs. For every dollar of fraud a financial institution experiences, it costs another $2.92 in associated costs, up 9% from $2.67 in 2017, says LexisNexis Risk Solutions in its 2018 True Cost of Fraud study for …

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Full PCI Compliance Drops for the First Time in Six Years, Verizon Reports

Full compliance with the Payment Card Industry data-security standard dropped in 2017 for the first time in six years, according to a report released Tuesday by Verizon Communications Inc. New York City-based Verizon’s PCI-qualified security-assessment service, one of the largest in card-related security industry, says 52.5% of the organizations it …

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PayPal Says It Is Shutting Down Payments for the Controversial Infowars Properties

The payments business has become even more complicated than usual in recent years by politics, a point driven home on Friday when PayPal Holdings Inc. announced it will stop processing payments for the controversial Infowars Web site and related properties. “We do not take these actions lightly and we work …

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The PCI Council Will Take Further Comments on an Updated Point-to-Point Encryption Standard

When security managers and executives gather this week for the PCI Security Standards Council’s annual North America Community Meeting, one of the topics sure to be on their minds is point-to-point encryption (P2PE) of payment card data. The Council reported Friday that it plans to issue a new version of …

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Nxt-ID To Spin Off Payments Business and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/21/18

Nxt-ID Inc. announced it will spin off its payments, authentication, and credential-management assets, including its FitPay unit, into a separate and independent company. It expects to complete the transaction by Nov. 15. Michael Orlando, currently chief operating officer at Nxt-ID and president of FitPay, will become chief executive of the …

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How A Swarm of Malicious Bots Is Making ‘Credential Stuffing’ a Huge Problem

Make no mistake, criminals are unrelenting in trying to get to sensitive data. In the eight months from November through June, more than 30 billion malicious login attempts were tracked by Akamai Technologies, a Web-services company, in its 2018 State of the Internet report released Wednesday. In May and June …

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COMMENTARY: A New Coalition Unites Diverse Players to Confront Payments Fraud

When you flip over your debit card or go to an ATM, you see logos for companies like Shazam, First Data’s Star Network and others, but you may not think about the role these processors play in the payments system. As one of those processors, we simplify the connections that …

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Heartland Adds APIs for Ingenico Device and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/17/18

Business-software provider Infor said it purchased Vivonet Inc., which provides point-of-sale software to the hospitality industry. Terms were not disclosed. Global Payments Inc. announced its Heartland acquiring and technology unit has developed application programming interfaces, end-to-end encryption support, and other software for Ingenico Group’s Desk/3500 terminal. PayPal Holdings Inc. announced …

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Face-to-Face Debit Fraud Fell 5.5% Last Year As EMV Took Hold, the Latest Pulse Survey Shows

Good news for debit card issuers emerged Thursday as a major report indicated fraud losses fell in 2017 compared to 2016. Losses on point-of-sale transactions totaled an estimated $850 million, down 5.5% from the 2016 total, according to the 2018 Debit Issuer Study from the Houston-based Pulse Network, a unit …

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