A months-long investigation led Australian investigators to more than 50 stolen POS terminals, dozens of card skimmers and more than 18,000 blank and counterfeit cards. So far, 25 people have been arrested and charged for their parts in the alleged scheme.
Eduardo Perez says, simply, the "time was right" for Visa's introduction of chip-based payments incentives for U.S. merchants. Visa's new mobile-to-EMV program offers PCI-audit-compliance waivers to qualified merchants who implement dual-interface contact and contactless acceptance.
Adoption of chip technology will not only help the U.S. payments infrastructure prepare for expected acceleration in mobile-based payments, Visa says, but will improve transaction security by providing dynamic authentication.
Bob Russo says the long-awaited PCI guidance on tokenization should provide merchants with a baseline for standardization and best practices, and serve as a roadmap for how tokenization can complement compliance with the PCI-DSS.
United Nations Federal Credit Union says member satisfaction and acceptance of the chip card have been contagious, since the bank launched the chip option last summer. The chip-card portfolio has proven to be the credit union's most successful.
"The timing and the targets point to China," says cybersecurity policy expert James Lewis. "Spying right before the Beijing Olympics and focusing on Southeast Asia reflects China's larger interests more than those of any other country."
Debit fraud in the U.S. continues to grow as transaction volume increases. As international markets move away from mag-stripe and toward chip & PIN technology, fraud experts say U.S. card issuers can expect to see fraud continue to escalate.
"It's time to stop shifting the security burden onto retailers and restaurants like Margarita's," says Gartner analyst Avivah Litan on the latest payment card breach. "In fact, it was time for that over five years ago."
The Fed's ruling on interchange, mandated by the Durbin amendment, offers financial incentives for fraud-prevention investments and could fuel a U.S. move toward new card-payment technologies, like EMV.
Some 200 people have reported fraudulent debit and credit transactions hitting their accounts after dining at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant in Texas. Investigators believe a third-party vendor may have been hacked.
From the exposure of thousands of Citi cardholders to the Michaels debit breach, fraud continues to impact card issuers. Involving the consumer in prevention is a step financial institutions must take, says Javelin's Phil Blank.