How Vulnerable Are Your ATMs?

Attackers are increasingly hacking into banks’ networks to gain access to the IT infrastructure connected to their ATMs. They then push malware onto the ATMs that allows a low-level gang member to walk up and enter a preset numerical sequence into the ATM to make it dispense all of its money in what’s known as a “jackpotting” or “cashing out” attack. Such attacks also allow them to steal card data from ATM...

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More ACH Changes Coming September 2017

The business world continues to evolve and banking is no different. There are two new rule changes being implemented in September this year. Beginning September 15, 2017, Same Day ACH will be available for debit entries, enabling the same-day processing of virtually any ACH payment. The Rule enables the option for same-day ACH payments through additional ACH Network functionality, without affecting previously available ACH schedules and...

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Changes to FFIEC Cybersecurity Tool help banks meet baseline.

A just released update to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s Cybersecurity Assessment Tool will should help make meeting regulators’ demands for “baseline” cybersecurity more attainable. The changes only impact Appendix A of the tool but those changes make a difference for smaller institutions. For example, many smaller institutions were not able to meet the tool’s requirement for having a...

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Messaging Apps Create New Privacy Headaches for Banks

Many businesses have benefitted from the proliferation of mobile devices and text messaging apps that facilitate quick, round-the-clock communications. However, these technologies can make it difficult to monitor and control the unauthorized distribution of confidential data. This is critically important in highly regulated industries like banking. To give you an idea of how messaging apps have caused headaches for banks, on March 30, UK...

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New Phone Scam Is Deceptively Simple

Don’t pick up the phone to answer calls from unknown numbers. Instead, let them go to voicemail. While many of us do that anyway, that’s now the FCC’s advice to all Americans in response to an ongoing series of attacks designed to trick victims into uttering a single word. According to a March 27th alert, this scam centers on tricking victims into saying the word “yes,” which criminals record and later use to attempt to...

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Another Data Breach Highlights Need For Phishing Training

On March 6th, the Silicon Valley firm, Coupa, fell victim to a phishing attack that compromised the personal information of employees who worked for them in 2016. A scammer impersonated the company’s CEO and requested that payroll information (Form W-2) for the 2016 tax year be sent via email. Fraudsters continue to increase the number of W-2 phishing scams, also known as business email compromise – BEC – or CEO fraud attacks. These...

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Data Breaches Hit All-Time High in U.S.

In 2016 the number of reported data breaches in the U.S. increased by 40% over 2015 levels. Worryingly, more than half of data breaches resulted in the exposure of Social Security numbers, increasing the risk of identity theft. 72 percent of breached records were exposed due to hacking, skimming or spear-phishing attacks. This continues a drastic increase in those type of attacks since 2009 when they first became the leading cause of breaches....

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ATM Skimming Rising After Increasing 546% Between 2014-2015

FICO Card Alert Service just released data that indicated ATM skimming increased 546 percent from 2014 to 2015. That increase represents the largest year-over-year increase that the service has seen in its more than 20 years of existence. The FICO research is based on the analysis of thousands of U.S. ATMs, and it shows that off-premises retail ATMs were most often targeted. These off-premise machines were attacked 10 times as often in 2015 compared to 2014.

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Verizon Enterprise Solutions hacked, 1.5 million business clients exposed

Verizon Enterprise Solutions, which regularly assists clients in responding to data breaches, has suffered a breach affecting a reported 1.5 million business customers. These customers are now more vulnerable to phishing attacks due to the breach. Verizon has stated that the attack exposed basic contact information due to a vulnerability in their enterprise client portal. The vulnerability has been addressed and Verizon maintains that no...

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5 Keys for Data Breach Prevention

In 2015, the banking, credit and financial industries have reported more than 40 data breaches that exposed more than 400,000 records. The breached entities range in size from a 200-location independent mortgage company to global banks with high name recognition.

Data breaches don’t just happen to large banks. Community banks also fall prey to cyber-attacks and breaches. When a data breach occurs, it’s increasingly becoming a question of “when,” not “if,” are you prepared?

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