"The misfortune here for the banks is that they can have the best fraud-detection systems out there ... but it all breaks down when they call the 'hacker' to verify the transaction," says Gartner's Avivah Litan.
The Europay, MasterCard, Visa standard, commonly used in most global markets, is coming to the U.S. The sooner issuers, acquirers and merchants initiate migrations, the better, says Stephanie Ericksen, head of authentication product integration at Visa.
A legal dispute between a small merchant in Utah and its former payments processor has fueled a debate over contracts between merchants and acquirers. If successful, this case could spur contractual shifts that change the way card brands view liability after card breaches.
U.S. and European institutions can learn from DBS Bank's example. In response to a rash of fraudulent withdrawals that cost accountholders $1 million, the bank is launching a new SMS/text alert service for ATM transactions.
New York law enforcement authorities have announced the arrest of a Romanian national and the takedown of an ATM skimming scheme that compromised more than 40 ATMs at HSBC bank branches in Manhattan, Long Island, and Westchester, N.Y.
Save Mart, the Modesto, Calif.-based grocery chain, now confirms that skimming devices are to blame for the data breach believed to have exposed hundreds of consumer accounts to debit and credit card fraud.