Friday , January 19, 2018

Fraud & Security

Consumers Nearly Carefree When It Comes to Smart-Phone Security

With much of the payments industry and Silicon Valley tech press in a speculative frenzy about what Google Inc., Apple Inc., and Facebook Inc. might or might not do regarding mobile payments, a new study has come along indicating that consumers are complacent, arguably extremely complacent, about protecting personal and …

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RSA Breach Sends ‘Wake-up Call’ About Vulnerability of Two-Factor Authentication

It’s big news, not to mention a major embarrassment, when a leader in data security itself becomes a victim of a serious breach. That was the case for RSA, which stores the tokens widely used by financial institutions as a second factor of authentication for online-payment transactions. In the breach—announced …

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Accertify Launches a Tool to Let Merchants Automate Chargeback Processing

Accertify Inc. this week announced a service aimed at automating most of the functions merchants must follow to contest a chargeback, regardless of the payment method used for the original transaction. The Accertify Chargeback Service has begun a beta test with two unnamed clients and will be commercially available by …

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Visa Adds POS Data to CyberSource’s Fraud Detection for Online Merchants

Visa Inc. and electronic-commerce fraud-control and gateway services provider CyberSource Corp. on Monday introduced an enhanced risk-scoring service for online merchants, the first major jointly developed product from the two since Visa bought CyberSource last year. The service will augment CyberSource’s existing risk-assessment system by bringing in data from the …

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Despite PCI, a Scanning Tool Finds Widespread Storage of Unencrypted Data

One of the key tenets of the 6-year-old Payment Card Industry data security standard (PCI) is that merchants should never store unencrypted card data in their systems. But data generated from a recent beta test of a new system-scanning tool shows many merchants, knowingly or unknowingly, are violating this basic …

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Confusion Forces VeriFone to Pull Skimming Demo As Square Defends Itself

VeriFone Systems Inc. fired a blast at rival mobile-payments provider Square Inc. on Wednesday and sustained some powder burns in the process, but the leading U.S. point-of-sale terminal maker nonetheless may have brought some legitimate concerns about Square’s security into the open, according to at least one analyst. By Thursday, …

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Petroleum Sales, Security Upgrades, Services Help Buoy Results for VeriFone

Supposedly mature North America lately is sporting growth rates befitting a green-field market for leading point-of-sale terminal maker VeriFone Systems Inc. VeriFone, which is moving ahead with plans to buy rival Hypercom Corp., late Tuesday reported that North American revenues increased 43% in its first fiscal 2011 quarter ended Jan. …

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Cumbersome Paperwork Rule Will Go Away in April for Visa Fraud Chargebacks

Continuing a chargeback-streamlining process that began back in 2004, Visa Inc. in April will no longer require card issuers to obtain signed paper documentation in disputes involving transactions the cardholder claims are fraudulent. Instead, issuers may submit the required documentation electronically. Visa is not mandating that issuers eliminate signed documentation, …

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Visa Introduces Non-U.S. PCI Relief to Push EMV, Pays $190 Million for PlaySpan

Visa Inc. on Wednesday said it will relieve merchants outside the U.S. of the requirement to validate compliance with the Payment Card Industry data-security standard (PCI) if the merchants process at least three-quarters of their Visa transactions from chip-enabled terminals. In a busy day at the world’s largest payments network, …

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Less ID Fraud, And Fewer Victims, As Economy Slowly Perks up

The bane of payment cards and to a lesser extent demand-deposit accounts, identity fraud took less of a toll by some measures in 2010 than it has in the seven preceding years, according to new findings from Javelin Strategy & Research. Javelin’s annual study found that 3.5% of U.S. adults …

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