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Hackers target Amazon sellers: Amazon's third party sales are coming under attack, threatening a vital piece of the online retailer's overall business, according to The Wall Street Journal. Citing advisors and Amazon sellers, the paper reports that over the past few weeks, hackers have changed bank deposit information on Amazon accounts for active sellers, enabling thefts of thousands of dollars from each. The hackers are using email and password credentials stolen from other accounts and sold on the "dark web," or an anonymous network for illicit information. The Journal reports these types of hacks have traditionally targeted eBay and PayPal, but Amazon has recently gained "favor." More than half of Amazon's sales are via third party sellers, with more than 100,000 third parties now selling more than $100,000 annually, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Mining money: Gaming can claim more than its share of payments innovation. TechCrunch reports Minecraft will get an update later this spring that will add a broad set of new features, including the Minecraft Marketplace. The marketplace will include maps, skins, games and other add-ons for the popular exploration game. It will will also have its own virtual currency. Called Minecraft Coins, which can be purchased or exchanged for real money. Minecraft's developers are working on ways to make the virtual currency and content available on different operating systems and programs, and will launch a beta test of the currency later in April. A broader launch that includes game content is scheduled for later this spring.
A smoother start for Samsung in Australia: Westpac will support Samsung Pay in Australia starting April 11, a launch that comes with much less drama than the attempts of Apple Pay to enter the Australian market. The Australian Financial Review reports Westpac is the first of Australia's four largest banks to enable Samsung Pay, but noted discussions with the other three banks are progressing. That's a stark contrast to Apple Pay's attempts to enter the Australian market, which have been fraught with public fighting among the banks, Apple and the Australian government over fees and access to technology. The banks sought to collectively negotiate with Apple, a request the government recently denied. The Financial Review reports Samsung has gotten off to an easier start because it charges less and also allows the banks to access the Near Field Communication technology on Samsung handsets.
U.K. pursues Middle Eastern fintech: Amid concerns the U.K. may lose payments and financial technology companies and jobs as the Brexit negotiations commence, the government has extended geographic and cultural boundaries to expand its technology market. Finextra reports Yielders, a shariah-compliant group payments and crowdfunding platform for U.K. property investment, has been given regulatory approval from the Financial Conduct Authority. The wire service reports the U.K. is attempting to position itself as the primary center for Islamic finance outside of the Middle East. The Bank of England has developed a liquidity tool for shariah-compliant banks, and Yielders conferred with the U.K.'s Islamic Finance Council to demonstrate its compliance with shariah laws such as a ban on interest or investing in prohibited businesses such as gambling.
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