While most Americans spent the summer enjoying the warm weather, Tom Wilkinson and his wife Cheryl spent their summer cleaning up the mess left behind by a phishing attack that cost the Wilkinson's their identities and nearly $40,000.
A recent rash of targeted phishing schemes -- which included hits to military accountholders and their families at USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union, as well as a separate attack on officials at the World Bank -- has again brought the crime to the fore.
This week's top news and views: A payments card fraud spree in Seattle prompts a massive investigation; and a Colorado court's decision to overturn an identity-theft conviction for misuse of a Social Security number stirs debate.
A spree of payment card fraud incidents at multiple retail locations in Seattle has prompted an investigation by law enforcement authorities. And security experts say these crimes can be expected to happen more frequently as credit/debit card fraud evolves.
Mobile payments are the future, and so is a migration to EMV chip and PIN. But the financial industry has quite a few more investments in technology upgrades it needs to make before any significant movement can be made.
The U.S. reliance on the magnetic stripe is having global consequences. European countries that have made the shift EMV say they are suffering from higher-than-ever incidents of ATM skimming because of the lingering mag stripe.