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Posted: Sep 15, 2017
Categories: Fraud
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What Credit Unions Need to Tell Employees and Members

Another day, another breach – the Equifax Cyber Attack.  But wait, this is no ordinary breach that can be fixed by issuing a new card and blocking the card that was compromised. No, this is a whale of a tale of a breach.  The Mother of all breaches.  This was credit bureau data including consumer social security numbers, addresses, accounts, birth dates, and maybe driver’s license information, etc.  Are you one of the 143M consumers who may be affected by the cyber attack?

Don’t think you have an Equifax file? Think back to any time you have answered an “out of wallet” question online to self-identify yourself.  All those questions about “what street did you live on in 1985” or “what type of car did you have a loan on in 2004” are out of wallet questions that most likely came from Equifax, TransUnion or Experian.

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Posted: Apr 19, 2017
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Author: Tom Davis

Even if IoT devices are not secure, payments made by connected devices are.

Lately it seems a lot of disturbing stories have been coming out about the Internet of Things (IoT). NBC News stated that there are over 6 billion connected devices in use, and predicted that this number will grow to over 20 billion by 2020. But is also showed a video reporting on a massive denial of service attack that used millions of connected baby monitors and home video cameras to launch the attack. More recently, the local Fox station in Orlando carried a story about a couple whose smart home was digitally infiltrated by a hacker who invaded the home via the voice-enabled two-way camera. In this case it was a “white hat” hacker, or a member of a group of ethical hackers who look for holes and inform the vulnerable without causing harm.
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Posted: Jun 22, 2016
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Author: Bill Lehman

When standing in front of the payment terminal at the checkout line, the payment method chosen (credit, debit, cash, PayPal, check, etc.) really depends on the location and context of the transaction. In a study of 1000 consumers who carry both a credit card and a debit card, TSYS, a leading merchant payments processor, uncovered some consumer trends which can be anecdotally witnessed when in the checkout line. When shopping at a supermarket, 50% reach first for a debit card, while only 31% reach for a credit card.

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Posted: May 24, 2016
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Author: Tom Davis

Not a day goes by where you don’t read or hear news about bitcoin and/or blockchain.  One expert in the payments world likens bitcoin to the Kardashians, the reality show stars who manage to keep themselves in the headlines even if there is nothing new to report.  Without question, bitcoin and blockchain are the darlings of the financial and business media. What follows in this article is background and insight on bitcoin, the cryptocurrency, its relationship to the blockchain, and reasons why credit unions won't need to spend too much time (if any) worrying about bitcoin.

In our second article, to be published on The Payments Review at a later date, we will take a much deeper look into the intriguing and complex world of the blockchain distributed ledger technology and why credit unions will want to keep an eye on it.

 


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Posted: May 18, 2016
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Author: Barney Moore

The migration to EMV, sparked by the liability shift instituted by Visa and MasterCard, was primarily about upgrading terminals at the point-of-sale (POS), as well as re-issuing credit and debit cards to combat counterfeit cards being used to make purchases at brick and mortar stores. It was widely expected that fraudsters would not go away and that fraud would materialize in other forms; primarily online or Card-Not-Present fraud.  But leave it up to the fraudsters to stay one step ahead of the good guys with an increase in fraud at ATMs.


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