Tesco Bank has been hit with a £16.4 million ($21.3 million) fine by the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority for failing to prevent and more rapidly block thousands of fraudulent transactions that drained £2.3 million ($3 million) directly from customers' bank accounts.
IoT devices are increasingly becoming a way to pay for goods and services, shifting the "internet of things" to the "internet of transactions." Gord Jamieson of Visa Canada discusses steps the card network is taking to ensure these payments are secure.
Online retailer Newegg is investigating a malware attack that may have stolen customers' payment card details for more than a month. Security firms have traced the heist to Magecart, a loose affiliation of cybercrime gangs also tied to payment card data breaches at British Airways and Ticketmaster.
More evidence that running cybercrime schemes remains inexpensive and accessible to anyone with criminal intent: To send spam emails, admitted botnet herder Peter Levashov quoted customers $500 for 1 million emails. And that was just his 2016 pricing.
Coordinated police raids in Germany and Sweden have resulted in the arrest of two Syrian nationals suspected of running a cyber fraud operation that purchased stolen card data to book hundreds of airline and train tickets to help smuggle people from the Middle East into Europe.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of a new Government Accountability Office report on the causes of last year's massive Equifax breach. Also: An update on the role of tokenization in protecting payments.
Russian national Peter Levashov, who was arrested in Spain last year and extradited to the U.S., has admitted to a two-decade crime spree that included running multiple botnets that harvested online credentials while also pumping out spam, banking Trojans and ransomware.
The British Airways breach, in which up to 380,000 website and mobile users' payment card details were stolen, traces to card-scraping code injected into a script on the airline's website by the cybercrime group called Magecart, says security firm RiskIQ.
British Airways has been threatened with a class-action lawsuit in U.K. court after warning that a hacker stole payment card data associated with 380,000 transactions. A law firm says that under GDPR, the airline should compensate victims for "inconvenience, distress and misuse of their private information."
U.S. prosecutors have accused a 34-year-old North Korean man of involvement in some of the most destructive and profitable cyberattacks ever seen, including the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, the Sony Pictures Entertainment breach and the theft of $81 million from Bangladesh Bank.
Canada, which has a head start on the adoption of digital payments, has learned some valuable security lessons that could be beneficial to the U.S., says Gord Jamieson of Visa. He'll be a featured speaker at ISMG's Fraud & Breach Prevention Summit: Toronto, to be held Sept. 11-12.
So far, police have not found evidence that a major organized hacking group was responsible for the Cosmos Bank heist, which involved the theft of $13.5 million through ATMs and unauthorized SWIFT transactions. What steps should banks take to avoid becoming the next cyber heist victim?