Tuesday , January 16, 2018

Fraud & Security

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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Americans’ ‘Password Hygiene’ Is Getting Worse, International Study Finds

Despite non-stop news reports about data breaches, Americans over the past year have gotten sloppier about their usage of passwords to protect their financial accounts online. That’s the word from research firm Aite Group LLC and Visa Inc., which recently announced results of their second annual Global Security Engagement Scorecard …

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Merchants in a Quandary Balancing Fraud Reduction and Higher Transaction Volume: Report

Almost as many merchants—65%—seek to increase transaction volumes by reducing identity verification thresholds as do those—74%—that try to reduce fraudulent transactions through more effective verification methods. That quandary surfaced in the “Lost in Transaction Vol. II” report released Thursday by Paysafe Group plc. With a focus on fraud, including consumer …

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Tokenization Gets a Boost as The Clearing House Signs on To Manage Mastercard Tokens

The Clearing House, a major player in U.S. payments, is getting deeper into the tokenization business through a new pact with Mastercard Inc. New York City-based The Clearing House and Mastercard announced Thursday that TCH has become a Mastercard-certified third-party Token Service Provider (TSP). As such, TCH will be able …

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Mastercard Scrubs Its Signature Requirement for POS Transactions

Mastercard Inc. is doing away with a rule requiring merchants to get signatures for transactions made with its credit and debit cards in the United States and Canada. Announced early Thursday, Mastercard’s rule change goes into effect April 13, 2018, allowing issuers, merchants, and processors time to make adjustments, though …

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Visa ID Intelligence Aims To Be A Digital Authentication Hub

Issuers, merchants, and processors all share the same dilemma when attempting to authenticate an online identity. They are bedeviled by personally identifiable information easily accessible to criminals that they can use to spoof authentic consumers. In response, Visa Inc. on Thursday announced the Visa ID Intelligence service, which it says …

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The Clearing House Gets TSP Certification and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/19/17

From the Oops Department: First Data Corp. early Thursday quickly removed from its Web site an inadvertently posted press release saying it had a deal to acquire independent sales organization BluePay Holdings Inc. “First Data confirmed that it is currently in discussions with BluePay with respect to a potential transaction, …

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Phillips 66’s ACH Payment Service and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/17/17

Fuel-payments specialist P97 Networks and Buy It Mobility Networks, an automated clearing house-based payment and consumer-engagement provider, said they will provide ACH-based payment and related services to Phillips 66, Conoco, and 76-branded fuel stations. In 2016, P97 said it was working with Chase Pay on a payments service for Phillips …

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AmEx Anti-Steering Case Moves to Supreme Court and other Digital Transactions News Briefs from 10/16/17

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a controversial antitrust case in which American Express Co. is defending its anti-steering rules for merchants against challenges from 11 states led by Ohio, Reuters reported. Payments provider TransCard Payments LLC announced a partnership with ExpenseAnywhere, an accounts-payable software developer. Travel Centers of America …

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FDIC May Have Been Hit With Up to 54 Data Breaches in the Past Two Years, Auditor Says

As the insurer for deposits at most of the nation’s banks, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. collects a large amount of personally identifying information on bank customers. As such, the FDIC is a target for hackers, who hit it with 54 suspected or confirmed data breaches discovered between Jan. 1, …

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