Apps Germany 2015


Uncover how value chain integrity monitoring could have avoided the $1 Billion Carbanak Heist!

Alleged hackers have struck again, infiltrating numerous banking systems and stealing up to hundreds of millions of dollars in 30 different countries. Security firm and anti-virus maker Kaspersky revealed a new modus operandi that clearly shows how cyber criminals were able to penetrate the core systems affecting more than 100 banks. They successfully targeted banking systems with advanced malware and… Continue reading >>

Payment Systems vs. Cyber Criminals: A Tug of War That Never Ends

Security breaches and data leaks reached global proportions last year, with cyber criminals concentrating not only on logins, passwords and personal information, but mostly on financial data and identity theft. The age of information means that news of every security innovation reaches hackers in real time, if not faster. Protecting payment systems has become a tug of war between criminals… Continue reading >>

Trust is essential to sell technology to crisis-hardened banking industry

If there’s one thing the world learnt from the 2008 financial crisis, it is that in spite of the technological complexity, and almost unbelievable innovation, of the modern world, the global financial system that drives it is underpinned by something as simple and intangible as trust. Trust. That ethereal, indefinable attribute dictates and shapes the choices we make as individuals… Continue reading >>

Instant card issuanceis not soon enough for card issuers

Research from Aite Group in its latest report, Instant Gratification: The Case for Instant Card Issuance in the United States, shows that while there are more than 570 million active credit and debit cards in US cardholder pockets, average card life is shrinking, and top-of-wallet positions are threatened by the rapidly rising tide of data breaches. Financial Institutions (FIs) want… Continue reading >>

Building safer digital banking

Online banking and its younger, upstart cousin, mobile banking, have become indispensable tools for today’s time-pressured customers. With fraud attacks on digital banking systems growing however – total fraud committed in Germany in 2013 alone amounted to more than €100 million – it is understandable that consumers are increasingly skeptical about their safety. As a result financial institutions are under… Continue reading >>

RDP Bruteforcing Botnet Targeting POS Systems

There have been an increasing number of headlines about breaches at retailers in which attackers have made off with credit card data after compromising point-of-sale (POS) terminals. However, what is not commonly discussed is the fact that one third of these breaches are a result of weak default passwords in the remote administration software that is typically installed on these… Continue reading >>

Beating fraud with technology faster than the human brain

Neural networks have played an important role in the fight against card payment fraud for several decades. Once at the cutting edge of technology, their move into mainstream use in the 1990s was viewed as a near science fiction-like development. The technology they are based on allows them to learn from past experience – by monitoring legitimate customer spending behaviour… Continue reading >>

Are you staying on top of the fraud game?

With 2013 seeing a further increase in online payment fraud, maintaining consumer confidence in payment products is essential and has become that little bit more challenging. In a world of ever larger transaction volumes, the attraction for criminals is obvious. And with fraudsters often apparently one step ahead of the systems put in place to stop them, it is down… Continue reading >>

Are you checking out the fraudster’s shopping?

Merchants want consumers to have an easy, stress free shopping experience. This includes the payment part of that experience. With e-commerce sites often taking consumers to different sites to “validate their online identity”, it is not surprising that some of us will simply give up when confronted with yet another process to complete before our purchase is made. This is… Continue reading >>

Secure mobile payment adoption – ECB recommendations a step in the right direction

The noise levels around mobile payment are deafening. Just take the scramble for attention at Cartes, Paris. Despite the infatuation with mobile and proliferation of wallets and mPOS devices, the industry has yet to address consumers’ concerns over security, which remains the major stumbling block to widespread adoption of secure mobile payment. Consumer trust matters – a lot. Without a… Continue reading >>