Target - the nation's second-largest discount retailer and best-known data breach poster child - has begun issuing its house-brand REDcards with chip and PIN. The move comes as the majority of card issuers have opted for chip and signature, which some security experts warn is a weaker choice.
The future of payments security hinges on a combination of factors, including widespread use of the EMV chip, tokenization and encryption, as well as near real-time payments, says Liz Garner, vice president of the Merchant Advisory Group, a featured speaker at ISMG's Fraud Summit New York on Oct. 20.
Convenience store operators say they aren't going to be fully EMV compliant anytime soon - and it's not their fault. Learn what else they had to say about their security challenges at this week's NACS Show 2015 in Las Vegas.
An alert issued - and then yanked - by the FBI about fraud vulnerabilities linked to EMV chip cards is reigniting the debate between bankers and retailers over whether EMV in the U.S. should be chip-and-PIN or chip-and-signature.
NACS attorney Doug Kantor says small businesses are getting a raw deal from the card brands when it comes to expectations for EMV migration. The expense is too high, and the fraud-reduction benefits too low to make EMV worthwhile, he argues.
The shift to the EMV standard in the U.S. has drawn incredible media attention for more than a year as everyone witnesses the approach of the looming liability shift deadline. But what does it really mean for merchants, consumers, and hackers? I say the answer is actually very little, and in as few words as possible,...
One week after the EMV fraud liability shift took effect for U.S. merchants, experts say much more needs to be done to prepare merchants for chargebacks and new socially engineered scams aimed at exploiting consumers.
Prosecutors recommended that twin brothers Muneeb and Sohaib Akhter serve a six-year and a two-year sentence, respectively, after pleading guilty to hacking-related charges. But one of the men received a much lighter sentence.
In the wake of the Oct. 1 EMV fraud liability shift date, U.S. merchants can expect to pay for counterfeit fraud losses previously absorbed by European issuers, says Jeremy King of the PCI Council. Longer-term, he expects European banks will experience more fraud as U.S. POS and card security leapfrogs other markets.
What impact will the Oct. 1 fraud liability shift date have on EMV chip adoption? It's far too soon to tell. For now, though, it's clear that many merchants still lack the necessary POS equipment, and many consumers still lack chip cards - which means mag-stripe transactions remain commonplace.
PCI Council General Manager Stephen Orfei says the migration to EMV in the United States will facilitate faster adoption of contactless mobile payments. That's why mobile will be a hot topic at the PCI Council's annual North America Community Meeting this week.
Europe's successful migration to EMV, which began more than a decade ago, employed deadline shifts, education for cardholders and merchants and an approach based on PIN codes. Here are lessons for the in-progress U.S. migration to EMV.
The fraud shift as a result of the migration to EMV chip payments in the U.S. will extend beyond card-not-present payments, experts at Information Security Media Group's fraud and data breach summits in San Francisco last week warned.
The use of Bitcoin poses big cybersecurity and money-laundering concerns for banks. But the transaction infrastructure used by cryptocurrencies offers many features that banks should put to use, says former FBI Special Agent Vince D'Agostino.
Too often, individuals who fail to take the proper steps to secure IT aren't punished for their reckless behavior. But should those who consistently fail to follow safe cyber hygiene be severely penalized for repeatedly falling for phishing attacks?