Friday , January 19, 2018

Fraud & Security

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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Tech Buzzwords Don’t Cut It as Skeptical Investors Assess Payment Startups

Moderating a panel of three investment executives who put money into startup payments firms and other financial-technology companies, Frank Young, senior vice president of innovation at merchant processor Global Payments Inc., noticed well into the Strategic Leadership Forum session Thursday that no one had mentioned artificial intelligence, machine learning, the …

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What Might It Take for the EMV Holdouts To Join the Chip-Card Fold?

The number of U.S. merchants that accept EMV chip cards at the point of sale is increasing rapidly, according to recent figures from Visa Inc.,  but it’s going to take some work by merchant acquirers and payment card networks to convince the holdouts to convert. Executives from two of those …

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Whole Foods Reports Taproom Breach and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/29/17

Grocer Whole Foods Market, now a unit of Amazon.com Inc., said it is investigating a breach of the point-of-sale software used in its taprooms and full-service restaurants in some of its stores. Whole Foods did not say how many locations or how many cards are affected. It said the payment system for the …

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Sonic Drive-In Confirms Payment Breach of an Unknown Number of Cards

Add Sonic Drive-In to the roster of merchants that have experienced a breach of their payments systems. The Oklahoma City-based fast-food chain confirmed to Digital Transaction News that it has been investigating the incident. On Tuesday, security blog KrebsOnSecurity.com reported the breach affecting an unknown number of Sonic’s point-of-sale systems. …

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Fraud-Control Expenses and Chargebacks Consume More of Merchants’ Revenues

Fraud-related expenses for merchants are rising as a percentage of revenues, and merchants now spend 10 times as much preventing fraud as they lose to chargebacks, according to new findings from Javelin Strategy & Research. Pleasanton, Calif.-based Javelin says its June study of 497 e-commerce merchants found that merchants in …

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ThreatMetrix ID Debuts As a Service to Help Businesses Identify Digital Users

Risk-management firm ThreatMetrix Inc. said its ThreatMetrix ID product, announced this week, uses unique, anonymized customer data to help businesses make decisions about trust and identity. The product, hailed as the company’s flagship, incorporates four central capabilities. One is the unique, anonymous data it has on 1.4 billion users in …

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Apple’s Big Job: Getting iPhone Users Comfortable With Facial Biometrics

A large portion of Apple Inc.’s customers spurn facial biometrics, a key security element in Apple’s new iPhone X, according to new research. Survey results from United Kingdom-based Juniper Research say that more than 40% of users of Apple’s mobile devices in the U.S. consider themselves unlikely to use facial …

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