Symantec reported it has begun tracking the trade of stolen confidential information and captured data frequently sold on underground economy servers and has discovered a vibrant market for credit card details. The anti-virus software giant found that U.S.-based credit cards with a card verification number were available for between $1 and $6 while an identity, including a U.S. bank account, credit card, date of birth and government issued identification number, was available for between $14 and $18 each. Symantec also reported more than 6 million distinct bot-infected computers worldwide during the second half of 2006, representing a 29% increase from the previous period. The Company also noted that its detected a total of 166,248 unique phishing messages during the second half of 2006, an average of 904 per day, marking a 6% increase over the first six months of 2006.Details
Denver-based PaySimple has partnered with Boy Scouts of America Troop 970 to collect payments for fundraising activities. BSA’s customers can now go to the troop’s website to make purchases and pay via an online form using either a credit/debit card or an ACH direct debit from a checking account. The system calculates costs, collects payment information and submits directly into the PaySimple system for payment processing. PaySimple simplifies billing and collection processes by enabling customers to invoice, collect and deposit all of their payments automatically.Details
Citibank has decided to make it easier for its customers to access their
reward points. The company’s campaign, “Everyone’s A Winner”, began
earlier this month and will run to the end of May and requires the
customer to charge a minimum of RM50 on a single point of purchase,
eight times a month. Upon meeting this requirement, the cardholder is
offered guaranteed rewards encouraging use of their Citi card. Citi’s
previous contest, “Guaranteed to Win”, had comparable stipulations and
yielded an increase in card use of eight to twelve times.
NJ-based On Track Innovations’ “EasyFuel” pay-at-the-pump contactless payment solution has entered North America. The Company says it has received orders from an energy company in North America for that calls for a roll-out at 130 gas stations. The solution supports “MasterCard PayPass” including “EMV M/Chip,”VISA Contactless,” “ExpressPay” from American Express and “Discover Zip,” as well as loyalty programs and third party applications. Initial installations are expected in the second half of this year. “EasyFuel” has installations worldwide including Europe and Africa.Details
NCipher’s payShield hardware security module has been deployed in
Croatia by Privredna Banka Zagreb. PBZ has launched the MasterCard
Chip Authentication Program service to provide stronger
authentication for online or telephone transactions. When accessing
their bank account, users will be prompted to verify their identity by
placing the EMV chip card into a portable reader provided by the bank
and entering their personal identification number. PBZ expects to
have over 40,000 customers using CAP authentication by the end of 2007.
nCipher’s payShield solution is built on its nShield(TM) HSM platform and
is designed for use with MasterCard CAP by supporting the appropriate
EMV standards. The company delivers solutions in identity management and
data protection enabling businesses to identify who can access data. PBZ
and the PBZ Group offer core banking services, credit card services,
leasing, real estate and fund management.
A new report has calculated that rewards payment cards accounted for 77% of credit card volume in 2005, compared to just 40% in 2001. The research found that credit card spend on rewards card is growing at a CAGR of 31%, compared to 12% for non-reward cards. The white paper by FischerJordan says that basic rewards offerings are becoming a market necessity; no longer a competitive advantage, but instead a commodity. The form says it is clear that program cost containment coupled with commoditization will spur a change in program substance and management. Reengineering will give way to a revision of traditional program economics, including a change in program structure and management. Coalition programs, white labeling, and association rewards will provide the models of industry externalization. The external result of these changes will be that the largest loyalty programs will emerge bigger, permeating multiple industries; while internally, program value will be unlocked, turning a cost center into a profit generating activity.Details
Ingenico has received CB5.2 approval from Groupement des Cartes Bancaires for its “GPRS i7910” and “i8550” terminals. These terminals adhere to needs of personnel working in the field, such as delivery people and traveling sales people who need to process card payments on site, thus improving productivity. The “i7910” terminal is ideal for hospitality and mobile applications. The “i8550 GPRS” terminal is designed for professionals looking to integrate data management and secure payment services for their mobile environments.Details
CA-based CO-OP Financial has entered into a Business Partner Agreement with The Utah League of Credit Unions. This agreement will market and promote CO-OP’s ATM network (CO-OP Network) and services to 112 Utah credit unions. The Utah League of Credit Unions is a membership organization serving the credit unions of Utah. CO-OP Financial Services has nearly 2,000 credit union members, more than 25,000 surcharge-free ATMs and 24 million cardholders.Details
Competition in the payment systems business turned nasty yesterday as VeriFone confirmed it has been badmouthing Hypercom’s financial situation and product portfolio. Hypercom, which has come under pressure from some investors to sell or merge, says it’s all a bunch of bunk. In a press release VeriFone says it’s committing a multi-million dollar software investment to fund a free conversion through July of all current Hypercom customer applications and network interfaces to VeriFone platforms. VeriFone claims it has been contacted by many Hypercom customers who are concerned about the company’s future. VeriFone also claims Hypercom’s existing products are not PCI-compliant and its newer products that are PCI-compliant remain largely unproven. Hypercom says VeriFone’s offer is one of desperation as it continues to lose market share and cuts jobs. Hypercom says there is no evidence that its customers relationships are anything but strong and that most of its product line is PCI-compliant with at least six new global PCI-complaint countertop products coming this summer. Hypercom also says VeriFone does not have its source code for conversion, which to rebuild would take a long time, putting VeriFone into a bigger financial hole. Hypercom says it is confused about VeriFone’s position as it appears they are trying to create a monopoly position and eliminate choice in the marketplace.Details
GCA’s “Arriva Card” is now offering instant credit at 75 US casinos. The program makes it simple for casinos to extend immediate credit Casinos simply input an instant credit application for the customer through Arriva’s online proprietary scoring engine and within minutes an approved customer gets an “Arriva Card” with up to $10,000 of credit, with no risk to the casino and the customer has immediate access to their credit line. Since it was first introduced in July 2006, Arriva has extended more than $40 million of credit to responsible gaming patrons. Global Cash Access is a provider of cash access products and related services to gaming propertiesDetails
Vodafone is teaming up with Deutsche Bahn to test a mobile payment system for mass transportation in Berlin and Hanover. The “Touch & Travel” project will enable passengers to press the “Handy” button on their mobile phone near a “Touchpoint” when they board and disembark from a train. They will then receive a monthly bill for the total of their travel. The first test is set for October and will involve volunteers with a full test planned for Berlin early next year.
The Companies said they would like to integrate Deutsche Bahn’s car sharing and “Call-a-Bike” services into the system too. Other partners supporting the program include: Motorola, Atron, NXP and Giesecke&Devrient.
Purchase dollar volume on U.S. signature-based debit cards rose 18% in the fourth quarter to a record $176 billion. The growth rate is on par with the prior year’s gain when fourth quarter PDV neared the $150 billion mark. MasterCard reported $61 billion in U.S. debit card purchase volume, however about $20 billion of the total is PIN debit and online debit. VISA, which has not officially released fourth quarter figures, logged an estimated $135 billion in fourth quarter signature purchase dollar volume. U.S. signature debit card purchase volume for the fourth quarter has been rising at a 15% CAGR since 2002. Debit card purchase volume broke through the $100 billion milestone in 2003, according to CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
Q4 PURCHASE VOLUME
(VISA & MC)
2002: $ 88 billion
2003: $106 billion
2004: $126 billion
2005: $149 billion
2006: $176 billion
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)