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Posted: Jun 21, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

Virtual cards provide members with a temporary card number for secure online shopping.

[Editor's Note: This article was previously published on CUInsight.com and has been modified.] 

It’s well known that as chip cards and chip card readers are putting a big dent in fraud conducted at the point-of-sale (counterfeit fraud), the bad guys are shifting their efforts to committing fraud online. E-commerce fraud (52%) clearly outweighs swiped fraud (28%) on credit cards, with debit card fraud still experiencing swiped fraud since not as many debit cards have been reissued with chips – that will change by the end of this year. Meanwhile, ecommerce breaches are popping up in the news with increasing frequency.

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Posted: Jun 15, 2017
Categories: Emerging Payments
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Author: Lou Grilli

The Growth of ACH and the Decline of the Personal Check

[Editor's Note: This article was previously published in CU Management magazine on Cues.org and has been modified]

Two sets of numbers were recently released by NACHA and the FED, respectively: ACH transactions are up over 5%, and checks are declining by 2%. Neither of which are eye-popping numbers, but when taken together, raises the question: what does this mean for credit unions?

First a deeper dive into the growth of ACH. NACHA is a not-for-profit responsible for managing, governing and administering the ACH network. The most recent numbers from NACHA’s president, Janet Estep, claimed that ACH transaction volume rose 5.3 percent to 25.5 billion, representing a transfer of $43.7 trillion. While 5.4% growth sounds slightly anemic, a denominator in the billions takes a big numerator just to move a few percentage points. And to complete the math, that’s an average transaction of $1,748.

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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: Apr 13, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

As it turns out, a lot less than your username and password.

Credit and debit card numbers obtained by fraudsters through breaches at the POS used to fetch $5 and up on the dark web, to be used as counterfeit cards or used for fraudulent online purchases. But a recent webinar presented by the Aite Group, using data from Trend Micro, showed some eye-opening data, that a PAN with expiry and CVV is worth less than a quarter. Meanwhile a valid PayPal username and password is worth over $6, with Uber and Facebook username/password combinations going for around $3. What has changed?

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