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Posted: May 30, 2017
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Declining authorizations may have unintended negative consequences on your members.

Some credit unions are declining authorization for Facebook payments due to the relatively high number of fraud cases being reported for that merchant category code. But declining these authorizations may have unintended negative consequences on your members. Here’s why.

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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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Posted: Mar 15, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

20% of U.S. households still take pen to paper to pay their bills.

Check usage still remains a favorite way to pay by many credit union members, and not necessarily just older members. While online bill pay has been taken up by 4 out of 5 households that still leaves 20% of the population writing checks to pay bills. And we’ve all been behind the person in the grocery store line waiting for the final item to be scanned before pulling out the check book, register and a pen.

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