Thursday , April 19, 2018

Fraud & Security

The FIDO Alliance Reports a 50% Gain in Certified Products in Just One Quarter

With financial institutions, merchants, and software application developers all looking for better online security than that afforded by the traditional, static user name and password, the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance’s brand of authentication products is starting to get traction. The Mountain View, Calif.-based industry consortium reported Monday that 150 …

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How EMV-Related Chargebacks Drove Florida Merchant Duo to Sue Networks And Issuers

The Florida merchants that sued all the major card networks and eight of the 10 largest bank issuers last month saw no other way to deal with the flood of chargebacks they incurred after the EMV liability shift, according to a top executive with one of the merchants and an …

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Lots of Headaches From Data Breaches, but Few Lawsuits, a Law Firm’s Study Finds

A new report about data breaches from a law firm that analyzed compromises affecting more than 300 of its clients in 2015 has some unique perspectives that supplement findings from data-security technology firms such as Mandiant and Trustwave or telecommunications giant Verizon, all of which have produced widely read summaries …

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Blackhawk Buys extrameasures and other Digital Transactions News briefs

• Prepaid card services provider Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc. acquired extrameasures LLC, a promotions and incentives firm that offers Visa-branded and private-label rewards and gift cards. The deal follows Blackhawk’s acquisitions of other incentives companies, including Parago, InteliSpend, CardLab, and Incentive Solutions.   • Prepaid card provider Green Dot Corp. …

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COMMENTARY: The Best Defense Against Chargebacks? Good Data

The U.S. payments industry is keeping a watchful eye on friendly-fraud chargebacks now that the EMV liability shift is in effect. According to software enterprise CA Technologies, global card-not-present fraud by 2018 will be at least double the $2.9 billion logged in 2014. Fraudulent chargebacks, always a risk for sellers, …

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After Years of Retreat, Payments Fraud Has Come Roaring Back, AFP Survey Shows

For years, the wave of fraud receded like an outgoing tide for companies that accepted electronic payments from consumers and other businesses. But last year, a tidal wave crashed on shore. Fully 73% of companies reported they had suffered actual or attempted payments fraud in 2015, up 11 percentage points …

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EMVCo Rolls Out Its PAR Data Element To Reduce Security Threats to Card Numbers

EMVCo, the chip card standards body owned by the world’s largest payment card networks, on Tuesday formally updated its tokenization specification to include the new Payment Account Reference data element. The purpose of PAR is to match tokens to the underlying primary account number of a credit or debit card …

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A Smoother Experience, Coupled With Rising Online Fraud, Sparks Interest in 3-D Secure

Once widely disparaged as an unwieldy fraud solution, 3-D Secure is back on the radar screens of risk managers at major online merchants and card issuers. Improvements in the 15-year-old technology, combined with surging e-commerce fraud, are driving the renewed interest, experts say. “Two-and-a-half years ago, zero U.S. online merchants …

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Mobile’s Bigger Role in Payments Offers Data With Dual Benefits for Combating Fraud

Acquirers and financial institutions can put consumer and merchant affinity for smart phones to work for them when trying to comply with anti-money-laundering and know-your-customer regulations. Smart-phone activity, whether it’s purchasing behavior, location habits, or personally identifiable information associated with the wireless carrier account, can be used to vet the …

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As the Risk of Online Fraud Rises, the Air-Travel Industry Wrestles With 3-D Secure

By John Stewart   These days, the airline and air-travel industry finds itself squeezed between two imperatives that have come into sharp focus in recent months. With high average tickets, airlines must guard against fraud at a time when the spread of EMV chip cards is pushing more criminals into …

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