Before reports of the data breach at Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5th, and Lord & Taylor fade from the news cycle, there's one detail that should alarm merchants, card issuers and consumers — and sets a tone for future data breaches.
Like a crime wave, data leaks and vulnerable static identifiers show no sign of abating, as MyFitnessPal became the latest in a string of sites to have users' data exposed trough usernames and hashed passwords.
While there is a collective sense that data breaches are simply a side effect of our digital existence, there are real costs for the companies impacted. The ones that are hit the hardest are the ones that are least able to weather the fines, remediation costs and lost reputation.
By failing to protect their customers’ data, financial institutions and others in the payments ecosystem are risking trust, the most important currency they have, writes David Barnhardt, executive vice president of product at GIACT.
The U.S. charged 36 people in a takedown of an international cybercrime ring that prosecutors say used the slogan “In Fraud We Trust” and stole $530 million with the help of pilfered identities and malware.
In recent weeks three surveys have been released that assess the U.S. fraud landscape across all of these audiences. These reports provide a holistic snapshot of where payments fraud in the U.S. is today.