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November 17, 2016

Apple Patent Reveals Siri-Assisted iMessage P2P Payments Platform

Apple has filed a patent application for a “virtual assistant in a communication session.” On first glance, application 14/713,410 might scare developers of chat bots and the like, but Apple is specific in the scope of their claims – Siri, their virtual assistant platform, will be able to directly communicate with either user in an iMessage conversation and then be able to act on the instructions given. The other participant of the conversation will not see messages intended to Siri, nor messages sent from Siri to the user activating her. This is somewhat different from current implementations of chat bots and virtual assistants in chat programs, in that the classical chat bot for, [...]

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December 17, 2015

Credit Card Skimmers Found in Colorado, California Safeway Branches

A banking chain in Colorado told Krebs on Security that it discovered a skimming operation while investigating several fraud cases against its clients. It discovered a common link in all the cards that were drained at local ATM machines: they had all been used at the same Safeway stores. It wasn’t just the stores, however, as the investigators were even able to pin the operation down to a few specific lanes inside the stores.

The Safeway representative who spoke to Krebs said that the problem is pretty common and that regular pin pad inspections are done to look for skimming and other tampering. He insisted that it is not unique to Safeway but that other stores may not [...]

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October 14, 2015

Casino Had 150,000 Credit Card Numbers Stolen Last Year

If you’re using networked computers, the chances are, at some point, you’re going to be vulnerable to a breach. Security professionals understand this best, but also understand that there are a lot of things one can do to prevent security breaches. When dealing with other people’s money and personal information, the onus to secure systems grows ten fold.

But according to FireEye, last year a breach of 150,000 credit cards took place at an unnamed casino. The attackers, who called themselves “Fin5,” had no trouble waltzing through the underwhelming security measures in place. The casino’s payment systems were not even firewalled. There was no logging [...]

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September 8, 2015

.Bank Represents “A New Online Chapter For Global Banking Community”

Craig Schwartz, Managing Director fTLD Registry Services

In 2008, ICANN approved a program to offer on the Internet thousands of new generic Top-Level Domains in addition to existing ones such as .COM and .ORG.

Recognizing what this could mean to financial institutions, their customers and Internet users, a coalition of banks, insurance companies and financial services trade associations formed a partnership to establish fTLD Registry Services in order to apply for and operate the .BANK and .INSURANCE gTLDs on behalf of the global banking and insurance communities.

fTLD – a top level domains registry – was granted the right [...]

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