Risk Management & Security News
EMV and the Chargeback Conundrum
Non-EMV compliant retailers are on the hook for fraudulent transactions, including the chargebacks they are not liable for.
Posted Feb 2, 2016
Authorities Seize Skimming Devices
From Louisiana to New England, convenience retailers are finding skimming devices on dispensers.
Posted Feb 1, 2016
Wendy’s Investigates Potential Data Breach
The quick-serve chain acknowledges the possibility of a data breach.
Posted Jan 29, 2016
Retailers Slowly Moving to Chip Technology
A new survey finds that many businesses still don’t have the capability of accepting EMV credit cards.
Posted Jan 27, 2016
The Top Security Threats for 2016
Data breaches, ransomware and browser plug-ins head the list of technology dangers for this year.
Posted Jan 25, 2016
The 411 on EMV: What It Means to Retailers
Join Conexxus on January 21 for a free webinar on the myths and realities of EMV conversion.
Posted Jan 13, 2016
New York Reports on Statewide Effort to Crack Down on Skimmers
The inspection of 10,001 dispensers uncovered six skimming devices during November.
Posted Dec 30, 2015
Webinar Gives Retailers Tools to Combat Skimming
Yesterday’s free webinar highlighted how retailers can protect dispensers from skimmers.
Posted Dec 18, 2015
Register Today for the 2016 Conexxus Annual Conference
Practical futurist Michael Rogers will keynote the opening session on May 1.
Posted Dec 16, 2015
Cashiers: Frontline for EMV Consumer Comfort
The general public has little knowledge about chip transactions, so training your staff is essential to a successful EMV transaction.
Posted Dec 16, 2015
Skimming Detected on Pump With Broken Security Tape
Employee identified skimming crime while performing a daily check of dispensers.
Posted Dec 15, 2015
Protect Your Dispenser from Skimmer Crime
Free Dec. 17 webinar by NACS and Conexxus will highlight the processes and tools available to retailers to protect dispensers from skimmers.
Posted Dec 10, 2015
NACS Releases Skimming and Payments Security Resource
New online resource designed to help address common questions and concerns about skimming.
Posted Dec 9, 2015
Target Reaches Data Breach Settlement With Banks
The discount retailer will shell out $39.4 million to settle bank and credit union claims related to Target’s 2013 security violation.
Posted Dec 4, 2015
Consumers Express Annoyance with Chip Credit Cards
Some are avoiding retailers that require dipping the chip.
Posted Dec 1, 2015
Texas Sees Uptick in ATM Thefts at Convenience Stores
The smash-and-grab robberies leave behind huge messes and destroyed merchandise.
Posted Nov 24, 2015
Card-Not-Present Fraud Jumps 30%
Experts point to EMV and credential compromises as fueling e-commerce schemes.
Posted Nov 20, 2015
State AGs Advocate for Chip and PIN
Nine state attorneys general are asking card issuers to adopt chip and PIN technology in the United States as soon as possible.
Posted Nov 17, 2015
Payments Panel Hints at Biometrics
Senator suggests that the United States will leapfrog over chip-and-signature into other secure payment methods such as biometrics.
Posted Nov 9, 2015
Go-Mart Prepares for Outdoor EMV Mandate
West Virginia-based chain of convenience stores is preparing for the October 2017 EMV mandate for fueling dispensers.
Posted Oct 28, 2015
New Chip (Without) PIN Cards Create Confusion
Even the FBI had to backtrack its initial warning that EMV cards can still be targeted by fraud.
Posted Oct 19, 2015
Target Adds PINs to Store-Issued Credit Cards
Two years after its disastrous security breach, the discount retailer has become the first large credit card issuer to have credit cards with PINs.
Posted Oct 15, 2015
FBI Warns Chip Cards Vulnerable to Fraudsters
The FBI is warning law enforcement, merchants and the general public that chip cards can still be targeted by fraudsters.
Posted Oct 12, 2015
New York Bank Believes Americans Can Remember a PIN
First Niagara Financial Group in Buffalo issues a chip and PIN card, while others in the banking community say consumers don’t want to be burdened with another four-digit number.
Posted Oct 5, 2015
Dissecting Data Breaches, Debunking Myths
Trend Micro’s report on data breaches provides insight into how retailers can defend against hackers.
Posted Sep 23, 2015
Will Chip Cards Cause Consumer Confusion?
With the Oct. 1 EMV deadline fast approaching, the financial services industry claims that merchants won’t be ready.
Posted Sep 22, 2015
Consumers Lack Chip Card Awareness
New survey shows that more than half of U.S. adults don’t know what a chip card is.
Posted Sep 18, 2015
Only 1 in 5 Cards Prepared for EMV Shift
Ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline, a staggering number of magnetic credit and debit cards don’t have chip technology.
Posted Sep 11, 2015
Curbing Fraud, Data Loss
Attend the Sept. 24 Conexxus webinar on how to lower fraud and data loss at your operation.
Posted Sep 11, 2015
Skimmers Target Virginia, Michigan Retailers
The two states join Florida as areas battling skimmers at the pump.
Posted Sep 10, 2015
Small Businesses Beware of Increased Fraud
As large companies implement EMV, fraud against small business is expected to soar.
Posted Sep 2, 2015
Four Tips to Avoid Misleading Sales Tactics in EMV Transition
In lead-up to EMV liability shifts, don’t be fooled by EMV equipment sales pitches.
Posted Aug 28, 2015
Retailers Should Be Aware of Scammers Offering Assistance with SNAP Applications
USDA reports recent incidents of retailers falling victim to scam by a third party offering to expedite their SNAP applications.
Posted Aug 26, 2015
EMV Just a First Step in More Secure Payment
As October deadline approaches, it’s clear that EMV is only part of the security process, not the solution.
Posted Aug 25, 2015
Five Tips for Retailers Making the Move to EMV
With less than two months until the liability shift deadline, retailers should know what questions to ask and answer.
Posted Aug 14, 2015
Congress Should Pay More Attention to Payment Security
In the wake of data breaches, congressional conversation should focus on need for chip and PIN.
Posted Aug 12, 2015
Few U.S. Consumers Have New Chip Cards
Just over 10% of consumers have received new cards, according to recent survey.
Posted Aug 11, 2015
Senate Delays Voting on Cybersecurity Bill
Senators unable to agree on aspects of controversial legislation, agree to reintroduce at “a time to be determined.”
Posted Aug 7, 2015
Fuel Dispenser Orders Surge Before EMV Deadline
Gilbarco cites record month of orders as retailers act to upgrade ahead of EMV liability shift deadline.
Posted Aug 5, 2015
NACS Sends Data Security Priorities to Senate
Senate may consider essential cybersecurity legislation this week.
Posted Aug 3, 2015
EMV Adoption May Benefit Mobile Payment
As consumers learn to ‘dip’ instead of ‘swipe,’ longer transaction time may push more toward use of mobile payments.
Posted Jul 31, 2015
Lack of Time, Expertise Are Top Obstacles to EMV Readiness
Survey of IT experts finds that majority also think chip and PIN should be required.
Posted Jul 23, 2015
Banks Refuse to Give Up on Signature Cards, Despite Lack of Security
Banks say they don’t want to burden consumers with remembering a PIN, despite the additional security.
Posted Jul 21, 2015
Massive Chicken Recall
Aspen Foods is recalling nearly 2 million pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken.
Posted Jul 20, 2015
Consumers Distrustful When It Comes to Data Security
Close to half of consumers say a retailer data breach is likely in the next year.
Posted Jul 10, 2015
Congress Continues Data Breach Discussions
NACS statement to Senate says that payment card industry has “consistently put the profits of the companies that control it before good security.”
Posted Jul 9, 2015
Loss Prevention Efforts Hindered by Internal Disconnects
Study illustrates a stark disconnect between IT, loss prevention and other units when it comes to security priorities.
Posted Jun 24, 2015
A Smooth Transition to EMV
Several points are key for retailers to know if they want to master EMV migration.
Posted Jun 19, 2015
More EMV Concerns Emerge
Experts question slower transaction time and supply chain issues for EMV cards.
Posted Jun 8, 2015
Florida Governor Vetoes Convenience Store Security Bill
Bill would have increased security requirements for convenience stores.
Posted Jun 4, 2015
Florida Renews Fight Against Skimmers
State agency announces partnership with fuel and convenience industries to increase awareness of fraud at the pump.
Posted May 21, 2015
House Financial Services Committee Holds Hearing on Data Security
Hearing focused on value of PIN authentication and retailers’ payment responsibilities.
Posted May 15, 2015
Chase Announces Expanded Plans for EMV-Compliant Cards
Bank also pledges to help gain wider acceptance for chip-enabled cards.
Posted May 14, 2015
Human Error the Most Common Cause of Data Breaches
Breaches not limited to cybercrime, almost a quarter of those studied involved paper records.
Posted May 12, 2015
PATENT Act Hearing Includes Beneficial Provisions
Latest version of legislation includes provisions that will help retailers, frequent victims of patent trolls.
Posted May 8, 2015
Thieves Find Low-Tech Way to Steal Gas
Thieves have targeted several California gas stations by switching nozzles at the pump.
Posted May 7, 2015
Not If, But When
Federal cybersecurity expert shares framework for thinking about growing risk of cyber threats.
Posted Apr 29, 2015
We Need Safer Credit Cards
Card issuers have failed to use existing technology to thwart theft.
Posted Apr 22, 2015
Payments Mandates: Who Really Pays?
Upcoming EMV implementation comes with a high-cost for retailers.
Posted Apr 17, 2015
Legislative Wrangling Over Data Security and Breach Notification Act
House Energy and Commerce Committee marks up bill, including amendments on third-party breaches.
Posted Apr 17, 2015
High-Tech Credit Card Could Stop Fraud for Good
Dynamic CVV changes constantly, making card useless to hackers and counterfeiters.
Posted Apr 9, 2015
Walmart Executive Skeptical of EMV Upgrade
Payments expert thinks chip without PIN is going to disappoint consumers and merchants.
Posted Apr 7, 2015
Some Retailers Express Frustration With EMV
Major retailers discuss practical concerns about EMV implementation at payment technology conference.
Posted Apr 3, 2015
Finance Professionals See Chip Cards as Answer to Fraud
Majority of finance experts anticipate that newly introduced chip cards will reduce point-of-sale fraud.
Posted Mar 27, 2015
NACS Submits Testimony to House on Proposed Data Breach Legislation
Statement continues to advocate for fair and uniform policies.
Posted Mar 19, 2015
Retailers Still Behind on PCI Compliance
New survey shows minority of companies in compliance, despite huge improvement last year.
Posted Mar 13, 2015
Consumer Group Criticizes Card Companies on Lack of PIN
Consumer Policy Solutions calls on credit card issuers to invest in more secure cards.
Posted Mar 11, 2015
Apple Pay Hit With Fraud
Fraudulent transactions involved credit card data stolen in previous retailer data breaches.
Posted Mar 9, 2015
Retailer Takeaways from Cybersecurity Summit
White House-hosted summit on cybersecurity issues included salient points for retailers to consider.
Posted Mar 3, 2015
Card Issuers and Retailers Falling Behind on EMV Adoption
Survey shows only about one-third of Americans have received chip-enabled credit cards.
Posted Mar 3, 2015
American Express to Help Retailers Fight Fraud
New nationwide campaign includes $100 reimbursement for upgrading to EMV terminals.
Posted Feb 26, 2015
Merchant Financial Cybersecurity Partnership Offers Proposals
Joint recommendations on technology standards unveiled at president’s cybersecurity summit.
Posted Feb 17, 2015
Merchants Clarify Who Foots the Bill for Data Breaches
Contrary to what the banking community says, merchants pay the most for costs associated with data breaches at banks.
Posted Feb 13, 2015
NACS Submits Statement to Senate on Data Breach Measures
Hearing emphasizes the importance of establishing a clear and consistent national standard for notification.
Posted Feb 6, 2015
Judge Rules in Favor of Limited Liability for Retailer in Breach
Maximum liability of $500,000 for grocer in 2012 data breach, with bank and payment processor directed to return merchant funds.
Posted Jan 29, 2015
NACS Submits Testimony to Congress on Cybersecurity
Statement continues to advocate for fair policies that protect consumers.
Posted Jan 28, 2015
EMV Adoption Is Unrealistic Target for U.S. Merchants, Banks
Numerous hurdles make widespread EMV-adoption unlikely ahead of October 1 liability shift deadline set by credit card companies.
Posted Jan 22, 2015
Tokenization: At What Cost?
NACS Magazine takes a look at the value of tokenization and whether it will be an industry game changer.
Posted Jan 20, 2015
Legislators Talk Cybersecurity
Data breach notification legislation is becoming closer to reality.
Posted Jan 15, 2015
Op-Ed Advocates Secure Cards
Small business owner questions why banks haven’t moved to more secure chip-and-PIN cards.
Posted Jan 14, 2015
Senator Urges Action by Banking Regulators
Industry should act aggressively to implement anti-fraud technology to protect consumers.
Posted Jan 13, 2015
President Launches Week Focused on Cybersecurity
Monday’s announcement includes proposals addressing consumer notification, identity theft trade.
Posted Jan 13, 2015
Tips to Cope with PCI Compliance
Although onerous, new PCI standards are part of a long-term effort to improve businesses.
Posted Jan 8, 2015
Coming to a Store Near You: Chip and (Maybe?) PIN Cards
As liability deadline for EMV adoption nears, merchants have incentives to adopt new technology.
Posted Jan 7, 2015
Merchants Respond to Erroneous Claims by Banks
The fight over who pays for data breaches continues as NACS voices concerns about false statements made by banker's group.
Posted Dec 30, 2014
Consumers Doubt Retailer Efforts to Protect Financial Info
Ongoing skepticism is an opportunity for retailers to better tell their own security stories.
Posted Dec 19, 2014
Best Practices for Loss Prevention
Annual conference highlights networking and education for safety and loss prevention professionals.
Posted Dec 18, 2014
NACS Sends Letter Addressing Errors in Recent Testimony
Office of the Comptroller provided erroneous testimony at Senate hearing on cybersecurity.
Posted Dec 17, 2014
Discover Investing Heavily in New, Chip-Enabled Credit Cards
Company spending more than $35 million to update credit cards in order to combat fraud.
Posted Dec 17, 2014
Merchants Respond to Credit Union Report
Memo says report highlights concerns about overdraft fees, no mention of data breaches.
Posted Dec 12, 2014
Banks Use Misdirection When It Comes to Data Breaches
NACS counsel authors opinion piece highlighting how banking industry hides responsibility for breaches.
Posted Dec 11, 2014
Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership Announces Next Steps
Partnership sends letter to Congress outlining cybersecurity information sharing legislation principles.
Posted Dec 5, 2014
Will Apple Pay Make EMV a Household Name?
Mobile payment system’s use of EMV and tokenization not the focus of coverage.
Posted Dec 5, 2014
PCI Compliance Deadline Nears
Retailers have one more thing to worry about during the year-end sales push.
Posted Dec 3, 2014
Merchants and Credit Cards Are Getting Safer
Systems being updated to better protect consumers in the lead-up to the holiday season.
Posted Nov 19, 2014
Michigan Lawmakers Expected to Vote on Bill Requiring Added Security
The Herringa Act would add extra safety measures for third-shift workers at 24-hour convenience stores.
Posted Nov 17, 2014
Fool Me Twice
Survey shows that data breaches don’t change consumer behavior.
Posted Nov 12, 2014
Banks Challenge Retailers Over Cyber Attacks
Groups point fingers in debate over who should pay when retailers are breached.
Posted Nov 11, 2014
NACS Signs Letter to Congressional Leaders Urging Action on Data Security
More than 40 merchant organizations urge Congress to establish clear and uniform legislation to address cyber crime breaches.
Posted Nov 6, 2014
NACS Joins Merchants to Set Record Straight on Cybersecurity and Payments
Merchant associations send letter to credit unions dispelling myths about cyber-attacks.
Posted Oct 31, 2014
Hackers Boost Malware Efforts to Attack Retailers
Effective strand of POS malware undetected by anti-virus software is already posing a threat.
Posted Oct 27, 2014
Franchisees Getting Cybersecurity Help
Industry groups partner to provide franchise businesses with cybersecurity resources.
Posted Oct 27, 2014
New MasterCard Will Come With Fingerprint Scanner
Collaboration between credit card and biometric companies to launch in the U.K.
Posted Oct 22, 2014
Amex to Provide Assistance for Merchant EMV Adoption
Program will provide small merchants with $100 to upgrade terminals, starting in February.
Posted Oct 21, 2014
White House to Require PIN Technology on Credit Transactions
NACS applauds the administration’s new BuySecure Initiative to help fight data breaches.
Posted Oct 20, 2014
Some Retailers Balking at Pump Upgrade for EMV Cards
Gasoline retailers have three years to make their pump payment systems compliant with EMV chip-based payment cards.
Posted Oct 8, 2014
Fuel Retailers Lost $250 Million Last Year to Fraud
Fraud at the pump affects both retailers and their customers.
Posted Sep 25, 2014
Could Home Depot Have Prevented Massive Breach?
Retailer confirms breach of 56 million records, as former employees say they warned company of risk years ago.
Posted Sep 22, 2014
Apple Pay May Make Physical Cards Obsolete, but Path Is Unclear
Adoption challenge will be to prove that new system is easier, better and faster than plastic cards.
Posted Sep 18, 2014
Mobile Payments Are Here to Stay
Conexxus offers free Oct. 2 webinar on Security of Mobile Payments.
Posted Sep 17, 2014
Six Steps for Retailers to Improve Data Security
Retailers must be proactive in protecting themselves — and their customers.
Posted Sep 16, 2014
Money, More Than Politics, Driving Retailer Cyberattacks
Despite discovery of hidden anti-U.S. messages in malware, cash remains the prime motivator to attack U.S. retailers.
Posted Sep 15, 2014
Home Depot Data Breach Could Be Largest Ever
Several states launching joint probe of latest security breach.
Posted Sep 12, 2014
Cybersecurity Summit Addresses Threats and Solutions
NACS part of coalition event featuring panelists from across the payments, cybersecurity and legislative arenas to emphasize need for decisive action.
Posted Sep 11, 2014
New Weapon to Fight Credit Card Fraud at the Gas Station
'Today Show' covers new Visa Transaction Advisor solution.
Posted Sep 10, 2014
Will Apple Announcement Lead to the End of Plastic Credit Cards?
Today’s event could include launch of NFC chip-enabled devices and mobile payment system.
Posted Sep 9, 2014
Merchant Customer Exchange Unveils Mobile Payment Network
Retailers’ CurrentC™ will improve the loyalty, shopping and payment experience.
Posted Sep 4, 2014
Home Depot May Be Latest Data Breach Victim
Theft of credit card information may have begun this past spring at stores nationwide.
Posted Sep 3, 2014
Walmart Will Debut EMV-Enabled MasterCards
Cardholders can expect to receive new cards within a few weeks.
Posted Aug 29, 2014
BP to Roll Out Network-Wide Technology Offer
Technology upgrades to meet global card standards will be introduced in early 2015.
Posted Aug 29, 2014
Target Data Breach Strains Q2 Earnings
Months after incurring a data breach that compromised data from 70 million customers, Target is still feeling the pinch.
Posted Aug 22, 2014
Continuing Data Breaches Spur Effort to Boost Card Security
Banks and retailers speed up drive to add chips to cards.
Posted Aug 20, 2014
Supervalu Confirms Data Breach
‘Criminal intrusion’ affected the network that processes payment card transactions.
Posted Aug 18, 2014
New Visa Service Claims to Help Reduce Fraud at the Pump
Intelligent analytics help merchants identify fraud before it happens.
Posted Aug 11, 2014
Credit Card Fraud on the Rise
Thieves attempting last-minute scams before U.S. EMV adoption takes effect.
Posted Jul 30, 2014
FDIC Reissues “Operation Choke Point” Guidelines
Language suggesting extra scrutiny for tobacco retailers has been removed.
Posted Jul 29, 2014
Merchants Get Behind Open Process for Data Security Standards
Groups recommend guiding principles to better protect consumers and businesses from cybercriminal activity.
Posted Jul 28, 2014
Small Businesses at Big Risk for Data Breaches
Businesses should be wary of breaches from a variety of sources, not just cybercriminals.
Posted Jul 8, 2014
Credit Card Skimming Hits Central Florida
Variety of strategies can help retailers prevent skimming at gas stations and ATMs.
Posted Jul 1, 2014
Consumers May Have to Wait for More Secure Credit Cards
New report estimates that 30% of credit cards, and twice that of debit cards, will not be EMV compliant by 2015.
Posted Jun 27, 2014
Who Pays for Security Breaches?
Growing support for retailer liability being challenged by insurer’s petition and retail coalition.
Posted Jun 24, 2014
Everything You Wanted to Know About EMV but Were Afraid to Ask
Inaugural Conexxus webinar gave “411 on EMV” to more than 150 attendees.
Posted Jun 20, 2014
California Legislation Mandates EMV Technology for Retailers
More than 20 groups, including Visa and MasterCard, oppose the legislation.
Posted Jun 13, 2014
P.F. Chang’s Is Latest Data Breach Victim
Restaurant chain is investigating possible data breach involving stolen credit and debit cards.
Posted Jun 12, 2014
Chip-Enabled Card Coming to Sam’s Club
Warehouse club to become first national retailer to offer members a proprietary chip-enabled card.
Posted Jun 11, 2014
Preparing for EMV’s Potential
Conexxus to offer free introductory webinar on June 19 on the “411 of EMV.”
Posted Jun 6, 2014
A Year of Hacking
2014 is becoming a year where massive data breaches are a monthly occurrence.
Posted May 29, 2014
MasterCard Extends Zero-Liability to ATM and PIN Transactions
Card company recognizes the security of PIN authentication in card transactions.
Posted May 29, 2014
Data Security: Enough Is Enough
Rick Dakin of Coalfire rallies retailers to fight back against cyber crime.
Posted May 27, 2014
Organized Retail Crime Still Major Problem for Retailers
National Retail Federation survey finds that retailers are allocating more resources to combat organized retail crime.
Posted May 22, 2014
Retailers Band Together For Data Security Protection
The Retail Industry Leaders Association has launched an intelligence-sharing initiative with merchants.
Posted May 20, 2014
Profit to Be Found in Fixing How Buying Is Done
The way we buy stuff is totally broken, says one journalist, but opportunities abound for innovators.
Posted May 9, 2014
Retailers Experience Rash of Skimming Incidents
NACS recommends using security tape to discourage pump tampering.
Posted May 8, 2014
VeriFone and First Data Partner on Payment Security Efforts
Solution brings end-to-end encryption and tokenization to gas stations and c-stores.
Posted May 5, 2014
7-Elevens in Central Florida Post Anti-Skimming Stickers
Company aims to make customers aware of their efforts to protect consumer information.
Posted Apr 25, 2014
Verizon Releases Data Breach Investigations Report
Analysis of worldwide security incidents offers key recommendations to protect sensitive data.
Posted Apr 24, 2014
Retailers Scramble to Stop Heartbleed Bug
The bug could cause significant disruptions to the Internet over the next few weeks.
Posted Apr 18, 2014
Detroit Approves New Ordinance for Digital Surveillance
The new regulations place minimum standards for video equipment at city self-serve gasoline stations.
Posted Apr 10, 2014
Companies Will Shell Out $500 Billion to Fix Data Breaches
Many analysts view this as a diversion of capital funds from innovation to maintenance issues.
Posted Apr 9, 2014
End of Windows XP Support Ups Risk of ATM Cyber Attacks
With Microsoft stopping its support of the Windows XP operating system on April 8, ATMs could prove vulnerable to criminal activity.
Posted Apr 2, 2014
Card Companies Form Group to Tackle Data Security
The new group will initially focus on the adoption of EMV chip technology.
Posted Mar 10, 2014
California Legislature Tackles Data Breaches
The head of the California Retailers Association testifies that the U.S. payment system needs a complete overhaul.
Posted Feb 21, 2014
U.S. Senators Ask Federal Reserve to ‘Do More’
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Al Franken (D-MN) are urging the Fed to do more to protect American consumers from payment card fraud.
Posted Feb 17, 2014
NACS Partners with Trade Groups on Cybersecurity
NACS joins more than a dozen trade merchant and banking associations to explore ways to better secure financial transactions.
Posted Feb 14, 2014
Concerns That Hinder EMV Smartcard Acceptance
Computerworld targets five issues that could slow down U.S. adoption of EMV smartcards.
Posted Feb 12, 2014
Americans Still Paying With Plastic
The recent spat of data breaches at major retailers has not turned off U.S. consumers from using credit cards.
Posted Jan 29, 2014
Michaels Warns of Possible Data Breach
If confirmed, this would mark the second major data breach by the arts and crafts retailer since 2011.
Posted Jan 28, 2014
FBI to Retailers: Expect More Cyber Attacks
The Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a memo to retailers warning them to prepare for more cyber attacks on consumer card data.
Posted Jan 27, 2014
Bluetooth-Enabled Skimmers Reap Millions From Fuel Pumps
Thirteen people have been charged with stealing millions of dollars from bank data collected from illegal skimmers installed at gasoline stations in South Carolina, Texas and Georgia.
Posted Jan 24, 2014
More Attacks on Merchant Credit Card Processing Systems
A cybercrime firm has uncovered at least six active incidents on U.S. retailers.
Posted Jan 21, 2014
Making a Case for EMV
Come 2015, experts say nearly all credit cards in the United States will be embedded with an encrypted chip that requires a PIN to activate it.
Posted Jan 13, 2014
Target Data Breach Puts Focus on Security
The scrutiny of the U.S. credit card industry continues following the Target data breach.
Posted Jan 7, 2014
Michigan Laws Fight Skimmers
Governor Rick Snyder signed a package of bills into law to protect consumers against ATM skimmers.
Posted Dec 30, 2013
Target Data Breach Reveals Deep Flaws in U.S. System
The United States trails far behind other countries in the use of smart credit cards.
Posted Dec 27, 2013
Target Verifies Data Breach
The U.S. Secret Service has been investigating a huge credit-card breach that started near Thanksgiving sales.
Posted Dec 20, 2013
Michigan Legislator Seeks Two Clerk Mandate
The measure would mandate two clerks working at convenience stores during the hours of 11pm and 5 am.
Posted Dec 11, 2013
NACS, PCATS Support Small Merchant Relief
The two groups fully support the Retail Systems Providers Association’s PCI Special Interest Group proposal regarding real card data risk reduction and compliance.
Posted Nov 15, 2013
Visa Webinar on Skimming, Fraud Protection for Petroleum Merchants
The seminar on November 14, which informs merchants of skimming trends and shares best practices for incident response, requires registration.
Posted Nov 8, 2013
OSHA Revised Hazard Communication Standard Training Requirement Due Dec. 1
Retailers must train their workers in the new OSHA standards by next month or face a fine.
Posted Nov 4, 2013
Violent, Property Crime Rates Jump for Second Consecutive Year
The increases are driven by simple assaults and crime not reported to police.
Posted Oct 25, 2013
Vermont Settlement Triggers Retailer Concern
The agreement shows that states can hold retailers accountable for card fraud losses.
Posted Oct 11, 2013
Indiana Lawmaker Again Pushes for More Security at C-Stores
The representative wants mandatory safety measures in place for 24/7 retailers, but stricter regulations for locations with a history of robberies.
Posted Oct 2, 2013
Preparing for the Unexpected
September is National Preparedness Month — isn’t it time your business had a plan?
Posted Sep 13, 2013
Skimmers Continue to Steal Credit, Debit Card Information
Despite more news reports on the illegal practice, thieves still target gasoline stations to siphon off card data, which is sometimes used to buy massive quantities of fuel for resale.
Posted Aug 30, 2013
Robberies Drop at Central Florida C-Stores, but Not News Coverage
Although robberies have declined, high profile reporting of such crimes continues.
Posted Aug 28, 2013
Seven Arrested in California Skimming Sting
The suspects gathered data to make counterfeit credit cards, which were used to buy gasoline.
Posted Aug 16, 2013
“Sliding” Thefts on the Rise at Dayton Gas Stations
Thieves watch for opportunities to “slide” next to a stopped vehicle, stealing items from unlocked vehicles when drivers enter the store.
Posted Aug 12, 2013
Maryland County Mandates Security Cameras at Convenience Stores
In Prince George’s County, the council passed a measure mandating drop boxes and security cameras for retailers that are open “overnight.”
Posted Jul 30, 2013
NACS, PCATS Propose PCI Small Merchant Special Interest Group
The proposal seeks to create a special interest group at the PCI Security Standards Council that will focus on the inability of small merchants to realistically reduce card data risk.
Posted Jul 29, 2013
Why We Ask for a ZIP Code at the Pump
The store itself doesn’t need a customer’s ZIP code for customers fueling at the pump, but the pump does.
Posted Jul 15, 2013
MAPCO Express Sued Over Malware Attack
Data breach leads to three class action lawsuits seeking unspecified damages.
Posted Jul 10, 2013
Retailer Sues Visa Over PCI Data Breach
A global retailer fights back against PCI non-compliance fees.
Posted Jul 10, 2013
California Data Breaches Escalate
A new state law requires merchants to report breaches involving more than 500 cards to the state attorney general’s office.
Posted Jul 3, 2013
Light-Fingered Employees Increasing
Worker theft is increasing, and new research shows it could get worse.
Posted Jun 25, 2013
PCI SSC Updates PIN Transaction Security Standard
Version 4.0 enhances security for accepting and processing payment cards.
Posted Jun 11, 2013
Skimming Spikes in Central Ohio
Central Ohio investigators and the U.S. Secret Service have reported a flurry of skimming activity in the state.
Posted May 7, 2013
MAPCO Express Experiences Data Security Breach
The retailer took immediate steps to investigate the incident and further strengthened the security of its payment card processing systems to block future information security attacks.
Posted May 7, 2013
Schnucks Credit and Debit Card Breach Exposes 2.4 Million Cards
The breach occurred as card data awaited approval from the card processor.
Posted Apr 18, 2013
Retailers Attacked by POS Malware
Software resellers must do a better job educating merchants about the necessity to upgrade their software, an industry expert says.
Posted Apr 11, 2013
Retailer Sues Visa Over PCI Fines
A Tennessee sportswear company is suing Visa over PCI fines, maintaining hackers did not steal any stored payment card information on its computer network, but tried to access data it was transmitting to credit card processors.
Posted Mar 14, 2013
C-Store Association Criticizes Canada's Citizen's Arrest Act
A new law would allow people to make a citizen's arrest after witnessing a crime, which could put c-store employees in danger.
Posted Mar 13, 2013
PCI Council Tackles Cloud Security Issues
A new PCI SSC document provides cloud service security guidance for auditors and merchants.
Posted Feb 12, 2013
Millions Stolen by Gas Station Skimming Operations
The problem has grown as criminals become more adept at using fake card swipe machines to steal credit and debit card data from fuel pumps and ATMs.
Posted Feb 6, 2013
FBI Reports Robbery Declined 4% in 2011
This marks the fifth consecutive year of an overall decrease in violent crimes.
Posted Oct 31, 2012
Maryland County Tries to Curb C-Store Crime
Prince George, Md., council members are considering a bill that would mandate training and other security measures for retailers open overnight.
Posted Oct 24, 2012
Violent Crime Increases
A new report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that violent crime increased for the first time in 20 years.
Posted Oct 19, 2012
POS Hacking Exposes Security Holes
The attacks highlight an increasing risk for all of those involved in the payments industry, says PCATS.
Posted Sep 20, 2012
PCI Releases Guidelines for Mobile Payment Acceptance
Guidelines offer mobile app developers and handset device manufacturers guidance on security controls.
Posted Sep 20, 2012
MasterCard Extends U.S. EMV Migration Roadmap to ATM Channel
This means that every ATM must comply with EMV standards.
Posted Sep 14, 2012
British Columbia Experiences Influx of Counterfeit Bills
Bogus bills ranging from $20 to $100 are being "spent" in convenience stores, supermarkets and bars.
Posted Aug 15, 2012
Heartland Spearheads Effort to Ensure POS Security
The payments processor aims to limit point-of-sale fraud after suffering its own security breach in 2009.
Posted Aug 10, 2012
Hands Off the Hasselhoff!
Giant photo cutouts of actor David Hasselhoff, which were being used as part of an ad campaign, have been stolen from outside Cumberland Farms stores.
Posted Jul 20, 2012
Bonnie and Clyde Busted for Skimming
The couple installed six skimming devices at a single store with plans to target at least 100 more stores in the Minneapolis area.
Posted Jul 16, 2012
Indiana Rep. Pushes for Mandatory Safety Regulations in C-stores
The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is working with the Late Night Retail Working Group to draft voluntary security measures for retailers.
Posted Jun 14, 2012
Cooking Grease Hot Commodity in New York City
The used fryer oil can be sold for 38 cents per pound.
Posted Jun 13, 2012
Indiana Readies Safety Initiative for Convenience Stores
The state's labor department is working to develop a "culture of safety" for the convenience store industry.
Posted May 30, 2012
PCI Compliance Increases Slightly
Level 1 retailers achieved 98% PCI compliance through March 31, 2012, with Level 2 retailers tallying 92%, and Level 3 retailers coming in at 59%.
Posted May 11, 2012
Indiana Association and State Work to Lower Late-Night Retail Workplace Violence
The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association will participate in the Department of Labor's INSafe program.
Posted Apr 25, 2012
Thefts Rise With Self-Checkout Lanes
While some customers enjoy the convenience of checking out themselves, retailers are finding the lanes make it easier for people to steal.
Posted Apr 11, 2012
Gasoline Thefts Rising
High pump prices have triggered increasingly bold robberies of gasoline.
Posted Mar 2, 2012
Google Fixes Security Hole in its Wallet
A vulnerability in the Google Wallet would have enabled people to gain unauthorized access to Google Prepaid Card balances.
Posted Feb 16, 2012
Mississippi Town Repeals Security Guard Ordinance
The Jackson City Council unanimously agreed that the law was too burdensome on convenience stores.
Posted Feb 15, 2012
PCI to Focus on Mobile
Because of its anticipated growth and adoption, mobile presents increasing concerns for the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council.
Posted Feb 14, 2012
Mississippi Security Guard Faces Repeal
The City Council in Jackson, Mississippi, is backtracking on a controversial mandate that 24/7 convenience stores hire security guards.
Posted Jan 25, 2012
MAG Releases its Roadmap of Electronic Payments
The group advises that the United States undergo a coordinated migration to chip and PIN transactions to support a broad range of payment types and devices.
Posted Jan 13, 2012
Visa Approves Mobile Devices for NFC
Visa said the certified smartphones would encourage other mobile device manufacturers to offer Visa mobile payment functionality to consumers.
Posted Jan 12, 2012
Used Fryer Oil Hot Item for Thieves
Restaurants are seeing more thefts of used cooking oils because of the increased demand for biofuels.
Posted Jan 11, 2012
Tampa "Cigarette Bandit" Targets C-Stores
At least 15 convenience stores have been robbed in the past three months for a total of $30,000 in cigarettes.
Posted Jan 5, 2012
Retailers, Banks Must Align to Fight Fraud
NACS payments consultant Gray Taylor says that card fraud is costing banks and merchants billions of dollars every year, with skimming being the primary culprit � a crime of epidemic proportions where doing nothing is no longer an option.
Posted Oct 31, 2011
Police Bust 111 in Largest U.S. Credit Card Scam
More than 100 arrested in Queens, NY, are being accused of identity and credit card theft.
Posted Oct 11, 2011
Retail Crimes Continue to Rise
The Retail Industry Leaders Association reports that organized retail crime and shoplifting are increasing.
Posted Oct 10, 2011
Verizon Warns That PCI Compliance Remains Problematic
A new Verizon report reveals many businesses are still struggling with security standards compliance, putting consumer data at risk.
Posted Sep 29, 2011
Robberies at Convenience Stores Dropped 14 Percent in 2010
Overall, the number of violent crime fell for the fourth year in a row, according to the FBI, which released its 2010 crime statistics on Monday.
Posted Sep 21, 2011
PCI Council issues point-to-point encryption validation requirements
New document provides vendors, assessors and retailers with guidelines for hardware-based point-to-point encryption implementations.
Posted Sep 20, 2011
Hurricane Preparedness Resources Available
As the tropics heat up, NACS provides several resources on hurricane preparedness and disaster recovery.
Posted Aug 17, 2011
NRF Report Examines "Flash Robs"
"Flash rob" tactics are now involved in 10 percent of multiple offender crimes.
Posted Aug 16, 2011
Skimming at the Pump Threatens Retailers
NACS is working to educate retailers about master-key vulnerability, reminding its members that anyone of their operations could fall victim to a skimming scheme.
Posted Aug 15, 2011
'Flash Robs' Target Convenience Stores, Other Retailers
Large youth groups rush into a store, grab products, and leave the place in shambles.
Posted Aug 3, 2011
Restaurant Breach Causes Consumer Fraud
However, skimming wasn't how credit and debit card information was stolen from a Mexican eatery in Texas.
Posted Jul 29, 2011
Gas Pump Scams on the Rise in Florida
Skimming at the pump has soared in the Sunshine state but security experts say ATMs are more of a target.
Posted Jul 13, 2011
Skimming Devices in Pay-at-the-Pump Continue to Increase
Authorizing transactions would halt the growing trend, NACS says.
Posted Jun 29, 2011
The Slow Rise of Shrinkage
Increased shoplifting from organized crime rings contributed to the slight uptick.
Posted Jun 17, 2011
Citigroup Confirms Data Breach
The company is issuing new cards to its customers as a result of a data breach that occurred in May.
Posted Jun 10, 2011
Pump Skimming Continues
A California community becomes the latest locality to alert residents to the potential dangers lurking inside self-service gasoline pumps.
Posted Jun 6, 2011
Michaels Stores' Data Breach Leads to Suits Seeking Class Action Status
Lawsuits allege violations of the Federal Stored Communications Act and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act.
Posted Jun 2, 2011
Trial Date Set for Gas Pump Skimming Case
The alleged perpetrator gathered debit- and credit-card information via devices attached to gasoline pumps.
Posted May 25, 2011
FCC: Small Businesses Need to Increase Cybersecurity
A recent study revealed that 74 percent of small and medium businesses were targeted by cyberattackers in the last year.
Posted May 18, 2011
Merchants Getting Proactive In Theft Deterrent
With more organized crime groups swiping large amounts of merchandise, more retailers are fighting back by focusing on ways to prevent such thefts.
Posted May 11, 2011
'Flash Robs' on the Rise
A growing number of stores are being hit by flash mob robberies, where thieves swarm a store.
Posted May 9, 2011
Michaels Reveals Debit Card Data Breach
As of last week, authorities said it was too early to tell whether "skimming" caused the breach at Chicago-area stores.
Posted May 9, 2011
Milwaukee Votes to Add Cameras to Convenience Stores
The city now requires retailers to have two high-definition surveillance cameras.
Posted Apr 22, 2011
Citizen Patrol: Detect Card Skimming
Police are asking citizens for help with detecting card-skimming threats at the pump, but is that enough to successfully stop this illegal activity?
Posted Mar 31, 2011
Card Skimming at Pumps Worldwide Concern
The scam is not limited to stations on U.S. soil.
Posted Mar 21, 2011
Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled in 16 States
Unilever issues voluntary recall of Skippy's Reduced Fat Creamy and Reduced Fat Super Chunk peanut butters after the possible discovery of salmonella.
Posted Mar 8, 2011
Zip Ruling Prompts Consumer Lawsuits
Walmart, Target, Macy's and Cost Plus are just a few of the retailers facing lawsuits.
Posted Feb 17, 2011
f'real� foods Expands Voluntary Recall Of Strawberry Banana Smoothies
Recall prompted by suspected peanut contamination.
Posted Feb 15, 2011
First Data, NRF Release Small Business Data Security Study
Small retailers are aware of data security and fraud prevention strategies but unclear on potential liabilities following a breach or noncompliance.
Posted Jan 13, 2011
Upgrading Your POS is Not Enough!
CIO Data Security Boot Camp provides information on PCI compliance, data security risk reduction and completing SAQs.
Posted Jan 4, 2011
PCI: Smaller Merchants Threatened
Criminals now picking less compliant targets: Level 3 and 4 retailers.
Posted Oct 21, 2010
PCI Council Offers Guidance On Point-To-Point Encryption
Retail standards organization helps clarify where and when to encrypt credit card data.
Posted Oct 12, 2010
Convenience Stores Safe Places
For Jackson, Miss., more robberies happen in homes than in convenience stores.
Posted Oct 6, 2010
Aldi Notifies Customers of Tampered Payment Card Terminals
Skimmers were placed at a number of ALDI locations this past June, July, and August; company urges shoppers to check their card statements.
Posted Oct 5, 2010
Study: Retailers Lost $139 Billion to Fraud
New Lexis Nexis study reveals that for every $100 in fraudulent transactions, retailers incurred $310 in total losses.
Posted Oct 1, 2010
PCI Wireless Scanning Tool Considerations
What to consider when selecting a compliance solution for version 1.2 of the PCI DSS.
Posted Sep 28, 2010
Convenience Store Robberies Down 9.7 Percent
Violent crimes, property crimes are down across the board in the FBI's latest crime report.
Posted Sep 15, 2010
Anti-Muslim Sentiments Spur Concern
With the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks coinciding with the end of Ramadan, misconceptions of upcoming celebrations are raising fears that anti-Muslim sentiment could lead to violence.
Posted Sep 10, 2010
Bank Combats Fraud by Forcing PIN Debit
In three states Bonneville Bancorp has removed the option of signature debit, thereby admitting that PIN debit is in fact a more secure method of debit card payment.
Posted Aug 20, 2010
PCI Update Gets Mixed Reviews
Experts offer mixed reviews, with some calling the proposed changes "a letdown."
Posted Aug 19, 2010
More Credit Card Skimmers Found at Florida Gas Station
The discovery follows the discovery earlier this month of three skimming devices found at two other stations off Interstate-75
Posted Jul 27, 2010
Serial ATM Thieves Discover Easier Method for Robbing Machines
Suspects have turned to using a master key and drill bit combination to steal money.
Posted Jul 20, 2010
Visa Clarifies Security Rules
Merchants may store only partial credit card numbers on the receipts they keep in case charges are challenged.
Posted Jul 16, 2010
PCI Security Standards Council Expands Global Reach
European director appointed to PCI Security Standards Council.
Posted Jul 9, 2010
PCI SSC Stretches Payment-Card Standards Cycle to Three Years
Lengthened cycle will allow merchants more time to understand and implement the PCI data security standards.
Posted Jun 24, 2010
Pennsylvania Governor Signs Organized Retail Crime Bill Into Law
New law is designed to stop professional thieves who make a living out of organized retail crime.
Posted Jun 17, 2010
Mainstream Mention for PCI Compliance
Bloomberg Businessweek tackles PCI Compliance in a general interest blog posting.
Posted Jun 14, 2010
U.S. Requiring Companies to Defend Against Identity Theft
Starting June 1, any business that extends credit to customers must develop plans to detect and prevent such fraud.
Posted May 27, 2010
Gas Station Employee Gets Jail Time for Credit Card Theft
Eight credit cards found in employee's home had been re-programmed with account information from stolen customer cards.
Posted May 18, 2010
Mesa Targets C-Store Crime
Ordinance would require storeowners to install surveillance cameras, alarm system and a drop safe at a per-store cost of about $11,000.
Posted Apr 22, 2010
Meth Makers Won't Give Up
This new method of making meth should not be ignored � particularly because it could bring a moving and highly flammable meth lab into a convenience store parking lot.
Posted Apr 16, 2010
Food Fraud Increasing
Cases of food sold as something other than what it claims to be has been documented in fruit juice, olive oil, spices and fish, among other items.
Posted Mar 31, 2010
Check Your Pumps, ATMs for Skimmers
Utah retailers found eight electronic skimmers at the pumps. Read more about how you can protect your store for this serious security threat.
Posted Mar 26, 2010
Fed Finalizes Prepaid Card Rules
Rules restrict service fees, dormancy, and inactivity on gift cards.
Posted Mar 25, 2010
More Food Products Effected by Recall
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein has been found in more than 100 products.
Posted Mar 17, 2010
Police Uncover Unique Gas Station Gift Card Scam
Men purchased cartons of cigarettes with gift cards that blocked card readers from debiting value.
Posted Mar 16, 2010
Frequent-Shopper Cards Track Salmonella Outbreak Source
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used loyalty cards to find out what caused a recent foodborne illness.
Posted Mar 15, 2010
U.K.: Credit Card Fraud Losses Drop 28%
U.K. Cards Association attributes sharp drop in fraud to the introduction of Chip and Pin as well as beefed-up fraud detection tools.
Posted Mar 11, 2010
Study: Protecting Customer Data is a Top Priority for Retailers
A recent report finds that retailers must think about privacy and security in order to build business.
Posted Mar 3, 2010
California Police Nab Two Alleged in Skimming Scam
7-Eleven clerk performing routine maintenance discovered the devices inside one of his store's pumps and notified police.
Posted Mar 2, 2010
Average Annual Cost of PCI Compliance Audit? $225,000.
Roughly two percent of companies undergoing payment-card industry technology reviews fail.
Posted Mar 2, 2010