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Hackers attack on European Central Bank

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It seems that no organisation, large or small is safe. The European Central Bank (ECB) has been hacked, with attackers stealing email addresses and contact data from the organisation’s public website. In a statement, the bank said that no internal systems or market sensitive data were compromised. “The database serves parts of the ECB website that gather registrations for events… Continue reading >>

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PSD2: A ‘bull by the horns’ approach to open access

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As the European Commission moves closer towards its ambitions of creating a single European payments market, one proposal put forward in Article 58 of the upcoming Payment Services Directive (PSD2) could have a far-reaching effect on the way payments are transacted across the 28-member bloc. The article includes a provision to regulate third party (so-called “third party payment service providers”)… Continue reading >>

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Visa Europe to use biometrics for payment authentication

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In a recent blog post, Jonathan Vaux, director of new payment propositions at Visa Europe  attributes the increase in the popularity of card-on-file payment to the growing use of biometrics for payment authentication. Vaux writes in response to what he views as a recent spike in the number of announcements from major players in the technology sector relating to plans to open up access,… Continue reading >>

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UK authorities hit Shylock malware

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A cybersecurity threat known as Shylock has been disrupted thanks to an international operation, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) is reporting. Shylock was said to have been installed on more than 30,000 machines worldwide, but mostly targeted bank accounts of people living in the UK. As ever, the NCA urged the public to make sure their security software was… Continue reading >>

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Russia rolls over in deal with Visa and MasterCard

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Visa and MasterCard have reached a compromise agreement with Russian officials that would allow the global card payment companies to continue operating in the country. “MasterCard and Visa will continue business in Russia,” said Andrew Torre, Visa’s general director for Russia. Russia’s finance minister, Anton Siluanov, said both Visa and MasterCard are ready to create their own Russia-based payment operators, which will take… Continue reading >>

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Amex Trial begins on 7th July

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On July 7, Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Easter District of New York will begin hearing arguments in the case, which the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed in October 2010. The trial is expected to last up to 10 weeks, with a ruling expected early next year. In its case, the DOJ is challenging Amex rules… Continue reading >>

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US EMV in 2013

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US payments industry deployment of EMV technology accelerated in 2013 to help combat rising card fraud, but widespread industry adoption of US EMV still faces multiple obstacles. Merchants remain suspect about EMV investment, and while the debit industry took steps toward a common debit application, those initiatives were significantly disrupted by Judge Leon’s July ruling on Durbin regulations. Despite clear… Continue reading >>

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Money laundering top of bank boardroom agenda

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Bank boardroom focus on money laundering is at an all time high, according to data released by KPMG. Nine out of ten of senior financial executives (88%) questioned for KPMG’s Global Anti-Money Laundering Survey said that money laundering issues are back at the top of the agenda in their organisation. The majority suggest that the issue is no longer being… Continue reading >>

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