The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is mulling over whether to reimburse consumers for online scams and fraud, but this regulatory change could lead to an increase in first-party fraud, cautioned Karen Boyer, senior vice president of financial crimes at M&T Bank.
EMV chip technology has taken a major bite out of credit card fraud at the point of sale, but card-not-present fraud continues to flourish thanks to an age-old technology - the magnetic stripe, says Mark Solomon, international president, International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators.
In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors discuss important cybersecurity and privacy issues, including how the new U.S. cybersecurity strategy doubles down on hitting ransomware, how the strategy shifts liability issues to vendors, and why check fraud is on the rise and what can be done about it.
In the latest weekly update, four ISMG editors share highlights of ISMG's upcoming Engage Toronto event and discuss how the U.S. Supreme Court may undercut the identity theft statute and how - despite tough economic times - vendor Wiz boosted its valuation by $4 billion in 16 months.
Faster payment technology has been around for years, but fraud continues to dominate the conversation, says Reed Luhtanen of the U.S. Faster Payments Council. Luhtanen says all payment systems have a fraud problem, and firms will be able to curb faster payment fraud with more experience and data.
A case before the U.S. Supreme Court may limit federal prosecutors' ability to bring charges of aggravated identity theft. A Texas man convicted of overbilling Medicaid argued Monday he's not also guilty of identity theft since he had a patient's permission to submit the bill.
Tools such as image analysis are of little help to banks dealing with check fraud since, most of the time, checks that are deposited are legitimate, says Karen Boyer, senior vice president for financial crimes at M&T Bank. She says the best way to deal with this fraud is to closely monitor accounts.
Will large language models such as ChatGPT take cybercrime to new heights? Researchers say AI for malicious use so far remains a novelty rather than a useful and reliable cybercrime tool. But as AI capabilities and chatbots improve, the cybersecurity writing is on the wall.
The false positive rate for detecting check fraud typically is very high because it's such an analog process. To detect fraudulent checks faster, banks need to pair their legacy detection capabilities with image analysis solutions, says Trace Fooshee, strategic adviser with Aite-Novarica Group.
Accenture has bought Morphus to get more intelligence around fraud and other cybercrimes Brazilian criminals are perpetuating in the digital world. The Morphus acquisition will help Accenture customers take on financially motivated cyber fraud and insider threats that are pervasive in Brazil.
First-party fraud is all about intent and banks have to determine whether the person carrying out the transaction is doing it intentionally. That's hard to do for a basic binary decision model, says Steve Lenderman, senior vice president/director of global loss prevention and fraud, BM Technologies.
Banking Trojans, ransomware, fake finance apps programmed to steal data - the cybercriminal cartels have become more punitive in 2023, escalating destructive attacks on financial institutions. This is just one key finding of the annual Cyber Bank Heists report by Contrast Security's Tom Kellermann.
Improved credit card security has forced fraudsters to look for other channels, and check fraud is proving to be an easier route for them, says Michael Diamond of Mitek Systems. Even worse, new technologies are enabling fraudsters to develop even better counterfeit checks.
Banks are losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year to check fraud - if not more, says David Maimon, professor of criminal justice and criminology at Georgia State University. The major hurdle facing banks is that they are not able to share information with each other about fraudulent checks.