Organizations in India need to ramp up their authentication efforts in light of a 40% increase in cashless transactions since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to increases in attempted fraud, security experts say.
The Reserve Bank of India's plans to create a self-regulatory organization by April to help oversee the digital payments system could help reduce the complexity of RBI's efforts to help ensure payments security, some security experts say.
Reserve Bank of India is proposing the creation of a new digital retail payment system, similar to the National Payments Corp. of India, to expand the reach of digital payments to those who don't use banks and help reduce the dependency on cash.
The Reserve Bank of India has decided to allow all banks to use remote video-based "know your customer" authentication for onboarding new clients. But some observers say many Indian banks may prove reluctant to use video KYC because they lack the necessary technology and new customers lack smartphones.
Starting Jan. 1, State Bank of India will no longer accept magnetic stripe debit card transactions and will accept only EMV chip-based cards in compliance with an RBI mandate, which is designed to help prevent card fraud, including skimming and cloning.
The government of India has formed a committee of experts that will recommend policies on who can use the large amount of data generated from "smart city" projects and for what purposes. What key privacy issues must be addressed?
Authorities in Bangladesh are investigating hacker attacks against at least three banks in that nation last month. Dutch Bangla Bank Ltd. lost as much as $1.4 million in an attack, which apparently involved planting malware in an ATM switch, according to news reports.
WhatsApp, the messaging service owned by Facebook, says it's ready to launch its digital payment services, WhatsApp Pay, in India following its beta test. But the Supreme Court says WhatsApp first must comply with RBI's data localization requirements.
Threat actors are increasingly targeting the APAC region for payment card fraud, according to a report from Gemini Advisory. For example, a group of hackers recently stole information on more than 1 million credit cards in South Korea. What can be done to stop the fraud?
Eighteen technology companies have formed the Open Cybersecurity Alliance to foster the development of open source tools to improve interoperability and data sharing between cybersecurity applications. But some observers say getting all players to agree on a common platform will be challenging.