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Optimal Payments to Combine Digital Wallets Neteller and Skrill following Acquisition

In late March Optimal Payments, the company behind the e-wallet Neteller, reached an agreement to acquire one of their primary competitors, Skrill, for €1.1 billion ($1.2 billion) in a reverse-takeover deal. Both companies offer digital wallets and payment services while both are also well known in Europe and in the online gaming and gambling markets.

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The Fraud Practice and CardinalCommerce Release Results from the 2nd Annual Consumer Authentication Survey

The Use of Consumer Authentication in eCommerce white paper from The Fraud Practice and CardinalCommerce details the results and key findings from the second annual Consumer Authentication Survey highlighting trends and changes in the use and perception of these programs in just one year’s time. The Consumer Authentication survey and report white paper is now

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With Custom Modeling, Deployment is Just as Critical as Design

Whether an organization is building a custom modeling solution in-house, using a service provider or combining both in-house and third party resources, the fundamental components of an effective custom modeling solution are the same. Statistical models must first be created, which requires historical data, a team of modeling experts, as well as the right tools

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Target Reports Cost of Data Breach was $162 Million

The late 2013 data breach impacting 70 million Target customers continues to cost the company which in their latest financial statements reported $4 million in related expenses for Q4 2014. The total loss to Target for 2013 and 2014 related to the data breach was $162 million, but would have been even larger if not

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Google and Samsung Each Announce Mobile Payment Plans Utilizing Tokenization and Biometric Authentication

Following Apple’s lead Samsung and Google each announced mobile payment services of their own with a similar naming structure. The recently announced Samsung Pay and Android Pay will both make use of fingerprint biometrics to authenticate transactions as well as tokenization, although all three systems have their similarities and differences. Both organizations announced their planned mobile payment developments

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Are the FIDO Alliance Authentication Specifications the Beginning of the End for Passwords?

The FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance released their first documents for stronger authentication at the end of 2014 with version 1.0 of their Universal Authentication Framework (UAF) and Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) specifications. The group of more than 150 member organizations hopes to usher in the post-password era through biometrics, hardware and other forms of

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