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FTC Chair Nominee and New Federal Reserve Chairman Each Mention Data Breaches as a Critical Concern

As the FTC considers and confirms nominees to fill vacant commission seats, those interviewed speak to the still growing threat of data breaches and say this is a top priority for the government agency. Meanwhile, the House Financial Services Committee asks new Fed Chairman Jerome Powell what approach he will take to secure data, following more than 50 data breaches involving the Federal Reserve in the last seven years.

In a Senate confirmation hearing with Joseph Simmons, one of three people recently nominated to chair the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the anti-trust lawyer spoke to the threat of data breaches that has continued to increase. “They’re becoming much more significant, much more frequent, and I think that’s a real serious concern for us and I think we need to pay much more attention to it,” he said.

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Putting the Use of Apple Pay and Mobile Payments in Perspective

Although the number of Apple Pay users worldwide more than doubled in 2017, this represents just 16 percent of iPhone owners that have activated Apple Pay, leaving opportunity for rivals like Samsung Pay and Alphabet, who is re-branding Android Pay to Google Pay, to catch up.

Apple is the leader when it comes to NFC mobile wallets today but overall usage of these mobile payment methods is still far from mainstream adoption. Although relatively new (Apple Pay launched in October 2014) and continuing to grow rapidly, increasing to 127 million Apple Pay users from 62 million in 2016, use of Apple Pay or any mobile wallet at the physical point-of-sale still pales in comparison to the use of credit cards. Estimates of Apple Pay users come from private equity firm Loup Ventures’ annual analysis of Apple Pay adoption.

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About Social Engineering: A Case Study and How it Relates to Spear Phishing

This guest blog post from a Certified eCommerce Fraud Professional discusses a case study involving a social engineering attack against an airline, as well as discusses methods for deception and intrusion with spear phishing attacks related to social engineering and fraudsters ultimately attempting to reverse engineer an organization’s risk management policies and practices.

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday all Set New Record Highs

Desktop and mobile eCommerce sales reached a combined $14.5 billion across Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, while CNP channel sales on each day increased by at least 17 percent year-over-year. The nearly $6.6 billion in eCommerce sales on Cyber Monday set a new record for the largest online shopping day in North America, as Cyber Monday marked the fifth consecutive day with over $1 billion in online sales.

Online and mobile eCommerce sales on Thanksgiving Day increased more than 18 percent to $2.87 billion this year. Digital commerce sales exceeded $5 billion on Black Friday and reached $6.59 billion on Cyber Monday, each increases of about 17 percent from last year.

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Alibaba Exceeds $25 Billion in Purchase Volume on Single’s Day with 90 Percent of Revenue Made in Mobile Channel

Alibaba shattered previous sales records on Single’s Day in China, the largest global online shopping day of the year, reaching $25.3 billion in purchase volume across their Taobao and TMall platforms on November 11, 2017. Alibaba’s sales on this one day exceed the total volume of online sales in the United States from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, underscoring the size and significance of the Chinese eCommerce market.

Alibaba enjoyed $17.8 billion GMV on Single’s Day in 2016, previously the largest online shopping day of all time. On Single’s Day 2017, sales across Alibaba’s platforms increased by nearly 40 percent to $25.3 billion. Alibaba also reported that 90 percent of the gross merchandise volume came from mobile transactions.

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Visa Canada Requires CVV on All eCommerce Transactions While Providing Merchants New Liability Shift

Visa Canada published a document titled The Future of Payment Security in Canada, detailing several new requirements related to ensuring security with Visa card transactions, including several new rules and deadlines coming into effect over the next few years. Notably, issuers must eliminate the use of static passwords with Verified by Visa by April 2018, while merchants will be required to collect and provide the CVV2 to issuers but in turn receive a liability shift when issuers approve incorrect CVV numbers.

These new requirements around the CVV2 only apply to eCommerce and phone order merchants, but a separate requirement will apply to mail order merchants. Catalog and mail order merchants are now prohibited from collecting the CVV2 in a written format.

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Uber Sat on Data Breach Affecting 57 Million Users for Over 1 Year

Uber, one of the latest companies to suffer a data breach, is suffering backlash not just for the 57 million user accounts compromised following the breach, but the company’s failure to disclose the breach until more than one year after it occurred. The company is now facing scrutiny from Congress and potential legal repercussions.

The data breach occurred in October, 2016 when two hackers stole data from a third party server. The data included names, phone numbers and email addresses of 57 million riders and drivers, where driver’s license information was compromised for many Uber drivers as well.

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