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Posted: May 25, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

Data thieves turn to Bluetooth technology at the gas pump.

Going old school for a moment to copy an expression used by Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for Control, who ended most shows by lamenting about the bad guys: “If only they had used their powers for good instead of evil”. And so it goes in the case of the internet of things.

Skimmers have been a source of breached credit and debit cards since before 2010. Primitive skimmers were bulky and unreliable. Later skimmers that were inserted behind the cover of the gas pump or the ATM were not easily detected. Having security tape with a warning “Please report any broken seals to the cashier“ puts the burden on the customer to be wary of, and alert for skimmers, and put a damper on the rapid growth of skimmers at the pump – that is, until the internet of things came into popularity.

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Posted: Apr 19, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

The breach involved malware placed on payment systems inside Arby’s stores

Very recently another major breach of payment card data was made public, this time by Arby’s. The breach compromised more than 355,000 credit and debit cards at Arby’s 1100 corporate-owned stores nationwide.  The breach, which is estimated to have occurred between Oct. 25, 2016 and January 19, 2017, involved malware placed on payment systems inside Arby’s stores. And this comes at a time when many credit unions are still recovering from the losses and costs associated with the recent Wendy’s breach, which was also large-scale, as well as massive breaches at Target and Home Depot and several others over the last two years.
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Posted: Jan 6, 2017
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Author: Tom Davis

CSCU's Tom Davis self grades his 2016 predictions. What grades would you give him?

At the beginning of 2016, I made several predictions about what would be happening in payments and how they would impact credit unions. With 2016 now in the rear view mirror, it is time to take a look back at what happened in 2016 and grade my predictions – the original article can be found here.

Mobile wallets

My Prediction: “MasterCard Digital Enablement Service (MDES) and Visa Digital Enablement Program (VDEP) have streamlined credit unions’ enrollment in mobile wallets.  In 2016, we expect as more mobile wallets become available from smartphone makers such as LG and HTC, this process will become even more efficient” “

How I Did: ‘B’ I correctly called the role that MDES and VDEP had in enabling credit unions to enroll in the “Pays” – by the end of the year more than half are enrolled. But I missed the mark on LG and HTC releasing their pays.

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Posted: Dec 2, 2016
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Author: Bill Lehman

Expensive and time-consuming initiative makes it tough for gasoline retailers to keep up.

Initially, the liability shift associated with upgrading the card readers at gas pumps, known as Automated Fuel Dispensers (AFDs), was set to two years after in-store POS terminals, due to the complexities of retrofitting or replacing AFDs. But, even those extra two years are proving insufficient for many gasoline retailers. In response to the delays, Visa and MasterCard are postponing their Oct. 1, 2017, EMV liability shift for U.S. AFDs until Oct. 1, 2020.

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Posted: Oct 12, 2016
Categories: EMV, Bitcoin/Blockchain
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Author: Paul Castner

Recent articles update CU’s on EMV and the future of blockchain

With the future of blockchain of extreme interest to the CU industry, CSCU president, Bob Hackney, took time out to talk to CoinDesk fintech writer, Bailey Reutzel. The article points out that the advent of distributed ledger technology has brought several CUSOs together with more than 50 credit unions on the CULedger initiative. Hackney notes that these steps represent a “first” for CSCU and many of its peers.  Please click on the following link to read about the impact that blockchain will have on the CU industry:

http://www.coindesk.com/credit-unions-blockchain-competition/ 

Also, it is now the one-year anniversary of the EMV Chip Card liability shift which also makes it a good time to step back and take an objective look at what has gone well with EMV implementation and what has not.  CSCU’s Director of Payments Strategy, Lou Grilli, provides his take in recent interviews with CUToday.info editor, Ray Birch.  You will want to take a few minutes to read the following articles:

http://www.cutoday.info/THE-feature/In-EMV-Migration-Who-Gets-An-A

http://www.cutoday.info/THE-boost/Why-Fraud-Is-Increasing-On-This-Payments-Form
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