Mobile payments are more secure than online and card payments, says David Lott, a payments risk expert with the Retail Payments Risk Forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. But how customers use their mobile devices can dramatically affect transactional security.
New documents dumped online by the Shadow Brokers group have revealed apparent NSA programs designed to target SWIFT service bureaus in the Middle East as well as a slew of exploits designed to infect Windows systems, patched last month by Microsoft.
Risk analysis is at the core of most card fraud prevention platforms used today, says Carol Alexander of CA Technologies. But what if the industry could take the lessons it's learned to other channels, enabling banking institutions to more readily identify potentially fraudulent transactions before they happen?
The breach of an offshore account owned by Union Bank of India is raising new questions about the security of interbank payments, which often rely on antiquated backend verification processes that fraudsters seem to be compromising with relative ease.
Before moving to faster payments, U.S. banks should scrutinize the security gaps exploited in the SWIFT-related bank heists and build effective risk-mitigation strategies that include stronger layers of authentication, financial fraud experts say.