SWIFT's Gottfried Leibbrandt says conflicting regulatory mandates could further fragment the international payments market, if banks and governments don't align their strategies. Communication among governments, regulators and global financial institutions is critical.
India's data protection standards are already strong. But to be truly secure and world-class, then organizations must protect themselves above those standards, says Dr. Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO of the Data Security Council of India.
Experts say card issuers picked up on the Michaels card breach by employing strong transaction monitoring and behavioral analytics, proving that cross-channel detection tools are the best ways to curb growing card-fraud schemes.
Michaels Stores Inc. says POS PIN pads at nearly 90 stores in 20 states were tampered with, exposing debit and credit cardholders to fraud. Now the chain says it is replacing PIN pads at the majority of its 964 U.S. stores.
Police and the U.S. Secret Service are now investigating a series of fraud incidents involving Chicago-area customers of the Michaels craft store chain, which appears to be another victim of POS device tampering.
Bankers aren't waiting for the FFIEC to act on the release of its updated online authentication. Instead, they've already begun to comply with the major points recommended in the draft. And the death of Osama bin Laden has heightened concerns terrorists' efforts to launder money through legitimate banking channels.
The so-called POS "swap" attack is rare, but effective, not only against mag-stripe cards but chip-based cards as well. The same mode of attack was used against Hancock Fabrics, leading to card fraud that affected more than 140 customers.