Rippleshot Blog

New Webinar: State of Card Fraud 2018

Posted by Anna Kragie on Oct 19, 2018 1:49:56 PM

Did you know? October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In the financial ecosystem, there's no real need for this regular reminder as data security is always at top of mind for FIs. But a refresher never hurts.

As part of the ABA Cybersecurity Awareness Webinar Series, Rippleshot Co-Founder Canh Tran was the featured speaker in a webinar titled "State of Card Fraud 2018," on Wednesday, Oct. 17. As we head into the holiday season — when card fraud will likely see an another surge — catch this year's prominent fraud trends and how much they're costing banks. Tran shares Rippleshot’s yearly fraud trend data, insights and what’s next.

Catch the full ABA Webinar here.

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Which States Have the Most Credit Card Fraud?

Posted by Anna Kragie on Oct 12, 2018 1:33:42 PM

Where is credit card fraud most rampant? Which states have the highest — and why? A new report provides some insight into these questions that every financial institution executive across the country should care about.

New data from the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Data Book provides some insight into just how much credit card fraud is growing across the U.S. According to the latest data, in 2017, there were 133,015 reports of credit card fraud across the United States.. this is close to a 7% increase from the year prior.

This data aligns with the ITRC's 2017 data breach report, which indicated that 2017 hit an all-time-high of 1,579 data breaches — or a 48% increase from the year prior. ITRC data breach records indicate there has already been 864 breaches that have exposed a total of 34,174,633 records (as of As of Aug. 31, 2018).

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ABA Banking Journal: ‘Five Top Fraud Risks for Banks’

Posted by Anna Kragie on Oct 5, 2018 12:06:03 PM

It's impossible for a bank executive to pinpoint just one fraud risk to be concerned about. From synthetic identity and account takeover fraud to skimming, ATM and CNP fraud, the running list of methods fraudsters are capitalizing on grows each year.

A recent article by the American Bankers Association Banking Journal took a deeper dive into the top five fraud risks banks face today — sharing insight from Rippleshot Co-Founder Canh Tran. He discussed the rise of online fraud and how financial institutions can prepare themselves to take on fraudsters.

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Topics: Fraud

Secret Service Warns Financial Institutions About ATM Skimming Attacks

Posted by Anna Kragie on Sep 28, 2018 12:28:11 PM

ATM fraud schemes are becoming all too familiar in the financial ecosystem. Once again, the U.S. Secret Service has issued an alert to financial institutions about a new form of ATM skimming that fraudsters are using to gain access to payment card details.

The latest alert relates to what's being referred to as "ATM wiretapping" that involves magnets and medical devices to siphon customer account data from the card reader. This latest news was reported by KrebsOnSecurity, which indicated that this alert was given to banks using a non-public system to warn FIs about this new trend that involves the cutting of "cupcake sized-holes" into ATMs to steal the payment data.

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Topics: ATM, Fraud

Inside Synthetic Fraud: New Industry White Paper

Posted by Anna Kragie on Sep 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Synthetic fraud is estimated to cost lenders more than $6 billion annually — and by all accounts, this problem is going to get worse before it gets better.

But why is synthetic fraud ballooning – and why are financial institutions finding it increasingly harder to crack down on? A rise in data breaches in recent years has only complicated this problem even more.

To help keep FIs educated with the latest data available in the market — and share expert’s take on how this problem has been transforming — we’ve released a new white paper titled Inside Synthetic Fraud.

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Topics: Fraud

FinTech Data Protection: What Consumers Expect From Banks and Credit Unions

Posted by Anna Kragie on Sep 7, 2018 8:40:16 AM

Consumers are growing increasingly concerned about how and where their personal credentials are being shared as a result of using FinTech apps —  particularly information linked to a banking or credit card account.

As more consumers turn toward FinTech apps to manage their finances, more indicate being concerned about the measures banks and credit unions are taking to safeguard their information. This data digs into how consumers feel about data privacy, interacting with FinTech apps and how FIs are using and storing that data.

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Topics: Industry News

Banks Warned About ATM Cash-Out Schemes

Posted by Anna Kragie on Aug 24, 2018 4:57:44 PM

As if financial institutions didn’t have enough fraud problems to worry about, there appears to be another growing trend in the hacker ecosystem that’s caught the attention of the FBI: ATM cash outs.

Like most fraud trends, ATM cash outs aren’t a new phenomenon, but they have been getting national attention this month after it was reported that cybercriminals are likely in the works to commit a global fraud scheme that’s commonly referred to as an ATM cash-out. These financial attacks allow for fraudsters to withdraw millions of dollars in hours, according to a report by Krebs on Security.

This scheme involves malware that allows the hackers to gain access to banks’ customer card data, along with network access, in order to execute the theft of funds from ATMs on a massive scale. These “cybercrime gangs” as they referred to are believed to use phishing tactics to break into a bank or payment card processor system. This involves removing fraud controls from banks that would stop limits on the number of customer ATM transactions/limits allowed daily.

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Topics: ATM, Fraud

New Study: The Impact of Data Breaches on Customer Trust

Posted by Anna Kragie on Aug 10, 2018 6:15:00 AM

A new study indicates there is a high level of disconnect between consumer trust over how organizations handle personal data, and how those companies perceive being equipped to fully protect that data.

The latest report from CA Technologies  shared insight from consumers, cybersecurity professionals and business executives views about digital trust. This study, which was conducted by analyst firm Frost & Sullivan, digs into how consumers trust organizations to protect their digital data. The study also shares more information about how companies view their responsibility over protecting consumer data, how they share that data with third parties and the technologies they use to protect consumer privacy.
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Equifax Breach Update: What’s Been Done — One Year Later

Posted by Anna Kragie on Jul 27, 2018 4:14:45 PM

The true weight from the massive Equifax data breach that’s believed to have impacted roughly 148 million Americans is going to be felt for years to come. One year later, there seems to plenty of questions as to how the company dealt with the aftermath, and what it is doing to prevent a breach of such magnitude from occurring again.

The Equifax breach has dominated headlines in the fraud ecosystem not just because of the total number of exposed records, but also because of the scope of what those records entailed. The nature of the sensitive details — including SSNs, credit card details and tax IDs — are what placed the incident on the list of worst corporate data breaches in the U.S.

So what’s happened in the year following Equifax’s discovery of the breach? Besides a lot of public criticism, and new leadership, there’s been a series of congressional hearings and investigations that have left the credit reporting agency in the hot seat since the incident was first reported.

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Topics: Fraud, Data Breach Legislation

Data Breach Cost Update: U.S. Companies Rise to the Top

Posted by Anna Kragie on Jul 20, 2018 7:15:00 AM

The latest data breach report signals both good and bad news as it relates to the costs of breaches since 2017.

The bad news? Research from the Ponemon Institute and IBM Security shows losses related to data breaches have increased 6.4 percent in the past year. The good news? For those companies that were able to contain the breach within 30 days, their losses have been less significant.

The study, which reviewed the impact of data breaches on a global scale, specifically noted that U.S. companies saw the highest average data breach cost at $7.91 million. Compared to the global average of $3.86 billion, this figure is more than double in the U.S. For companies that were able to identify a breach and implement a remedy within a month or less, savings were roughly $1 million when compared with those who did not.

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ABC7 Interview: Rippleshot Co-Founder Shares Gas Station Skimmer Tips

Posted by Anna Kragie on Jul 9, 2018 1:28:59 PM

Gas station skimmers have been a heated topic across the fraud management ecosystem for years. Since the EMV chip card compliance deadline isn’t until October 2020  — roughly five years after the liability shift was implemented for merchants — this gap has left gas stations in the fraud spotlight.

Just last week, heading into the July 4th holiday, the U.S. Secret Service once again released warnings reminding consumers about the dangers of credit card fraud that can stem from gas station skimmers. In recent years, skimmers have been a rapidly-growing problem due to tech advancements that’s allowed them to be designed slimmer than a credit card — and cheaper to produce. With fraudsters’ ability to insert them seamlessly into machines with less obtrusive methods, this has led to an uptick in concerns from issuers in how to proactively confront this expensive problem.

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Topics: EMV, Fraud

The Rise of Identity Fraud: The Multi-Billion Dollar Problem

Posted by Anna Kragie on Jun 29, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Identity fraud doesn't discriminate when it comes to age. 

New research from Javelin indicates that more than 1 million children were victims of identity theft in 2017, which amounted to roughly $2.67 billion in losses. Within those figures, the report found that a majority (two-thirds) of the kids impacted were under the age of eight, while 20 percent were between 8-12 years old.

What's contributing to this increase? And why is this trend becoming increasingly problematic for financial institutions? 

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Fraud Trend Report: Rising Account Takeovers

Posted by Anna Kragie on Jun 22, 2018 10:23:42 AM

New security threats in the financial ecosystem are far from a new phenomenon, which is why financial institutions are constantly having to enhance their breach detection technology investments. New threats emerge on a regular basis, and fraudsters continue to capitalize on vulnerable payment data as their techniques get faster and more sophisticated.

A new report from PYMNTS.com highlights the latest security challenges financial institutions face as the ecosystem becomes increasingly connected. This report provides an in-depth look into how banks and financial companies can combat the rise in account takeovers, along with rising concerns over cyber attacks and data breaches.

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Topics: Fraud

Developing Trust: 'Look for the Win-Win For Everybody'

Posted by Anna Kragie on Jun 1, 2018 2:14:36 PM

Developing trust as a fraud analytics platform doesn’t happen overnight. Here at Rippleshot, we’ve been working for years to make our fraud platform more than just about the data science. We’re all about the people, too.

In a recent interview with Bizcast, our co-founder Canh Tran shared his perspective on what it takes to grow a startup in a rapidly-changing industry — while still delivering customer success through our people-centric model.

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Topics: Data Analytics

Synthetic Identity Fraud: 'A Problem For Years To Come'

Posted by Anna Kragie on May 23, 2018 11:10:03 AM

When Forbes published an article titled: "The battle against synthetic identity fraud is just beginning," it was clear this problem was becoming a widespread issue for financial institutions.

The past few years the chatter about credit card fraud has been all about the major data breaches at retail stores. The Equifax breach happened and the conversations began to evolve. It was reported that 145 million social security numbers, along with 209,000 credit card details were breached. Not to mention the millions of other sensitive personal details that were leaked. The chatter about synthetic identity fraud quickly gained traction.

Here at Rippleshot, this has been a topic we've been busy tracking. Recently, Our Co-Founder Canh Tran was at Trellance's Immersion 18 conference where he was interviewed for BIG Fintech's latest podcast. Tran dove into the latest Synthetic Fraud trends, and explained why this problem isn't going away anytime soon.

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Topics: Fraud