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Mastercard needs to think about unintended consequences

The U.S. retail payments space seems to be built on a series of increasingly massive unintended consequences, with moves and rules put in place before anyone has considered what is likely to happen next.

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Panera finds digital helps recruitment, in unexpected ways

Panera Bread found that mobile payments significantly helped recruit drivers. Why? Digital purchases meant they didn't carry cash, which in turn meant fewer robberies.

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Microsoft announces a series of health care initiatives

Programs are centered around A.I. for health care products.

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We’re only human: Vulnerability, machines set to disrupt sales jobs

Human frailty advances sales world robot reboot

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IBM's wearables hub could get you out of the hospital faster

Researchers at IBM have developed a hub for wearables that can gather information from multiple devices and share it with a doctor, potentially cutting down on the time patients need to spend in a hospital.

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Researcher develops ransomware attack that targets water supply

A security researcher is showing that it’s not hard to hold industrial control systems for ransom. He's experimented with a simulated water treatment system based on actual programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and documented how...

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Worried about hacks, senators want info about Trump’s personal phone

Two senators have written to the U.S. Department of Defense about reports that President Donald Trump may still be using an old unsecured Android phone, including to communicate through his Twitter account.

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Recent malware attacks on Polish banks tied to wider hacking campaign

Malware attacks that recently put the Polish banking sector on alert were part of a larger campaign that targeted financial organizations from over 30 countries.

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Why do merchants let their payment processors get away with so much?

For decades, merchants have signed agreements that force them to blindly trust their processors, to a degree they would tolerate in practically no other business relationship.

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'Fileless malware' attacks, used on banks, have been around for years

Fileless malware attacks, which were recently discovered in the networks of at least 140 banks, telecoms and governments, account for about 15% of known attacks today and have been around for years.

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Polish banks on alert after mystery malware found on computers

Malware discovered on computers and servers of several Polish banks has put the country's financial sector in alert over potential compromises.

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Heads up, processors: Feds declare consumers' right to access their money

When the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) hit Mastercard and UniRush with a $13 million bill on Feb. 1, it was sending a message that even a temporary denial of consumers' access to their money is unacceptable. In a heads...

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Online card fraud up as thieves avoid more secure chip cards for in-store payments

Deterred by more secure chip cards for in-store payments, thieves have resorted to stealing credit-card numbers and passwords or opening new accounts with false credentials to use in making online payments for purchases, according to...

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Hackers seek company insiders on the black market

If you’re the CEO of a company, here’s another threat you need to worry about: hackers trying to recruit your employees for insider-related theft.

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This computer makes it possible for paralyzed patients to communicate

Paralyzed patients are able to use a brain-computer interface to communicate with their caregivers.

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Trump stresses cybersecurity but postpones executive order

U.S. President Donald Trump called on government agencies to better protect their networks, but he delayed signing an executive order to kick-start a government-wide review of cybersecurity policy.

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