Where is the emv card 10 months later_ mastercard stock symbol

Fighting sophisticated criminal technology of the 2000s with security technology of the 1960s was not much of a match. Data breach after data breach at other companies soon followed the target hacking, which increased the motivation to switch to the more secure EMV cards. EMV stands for europay, mastercard and visa. EMV cards are more secure than magnetic strip cards because a computer chip located on each card generates a unique token each time the card is used such that stealing the processing information for a particular transaction would be useless to a hacker.

In an effort to encourage more widespread use of EMV cards, the banks and the companies that process credit card payments set a date of october 1, 2015 for credit card issuers and retailers to switch to EMV card technology.Mastercard stock symbol

these banks and credit card processing companies, however, did not have the authority to mandate that all credit card companies and retailers switch to the EMV technology, but, they did have the authority to pass the liability for fraudulent credit card use to either the credit card companies not issuing EMV credit cards or the retailers if they did not upgrade their card processing equipment to EMV terminals. Previously, the liability for fraudulent credit card use ultimately rested with the banks.

The transition to EMV cards has been slow although some companies, such as walmart and target were early converts. Recently mastercard announced that 80% of credit cards are now EMV chip cards, however, only 30% of retailers have installed approved EMV processing equipment.Mastercard stock symbol

One reason that so many merchants have resisted switching to EMV card processing equipment is the cost. The hardware, software and other related costs can run into tens of thousands of dollars. Testifying last year before the house small business committee last year, jared scheeler of the national association of convenience stores testified that the cost to convenience stores to upgrade its gas pumps and point of sale terminals to EMV standards would be about $26,000 while the average profit at a convenience store is only about $47,000.

While the decision to switch to EMV card processing equipment for some businesses, particularly jewelry and electronics stores which are often preferred targets of credit card fraud to purchase goods that can more readily be turned into cash, is simple because the risk of not switching would be too great, other businesses, particularly small businesses that rarely encounter credit card fraud, switching to EMV processing equipment may not be cost effective.Mastercard stock symbol

Another major issue that has arisen in the implementation of EMV technology in the united states is that, unlike most of the rest of the world, EMV cards in the united states do not require the use of a PIN when the card is used. Instead only a signature is required for verification, which as shown by the researcher who routinely signs his transactions “donald duck” is not very effective verification. Just last may, walmart sued visa arguing that visa is preventing walmart from requiring shoppers to use pins as extra security when customers pay with a chip debit card. Then in june, home depot sued visa and mastercard alleging that they implemented chip and signature technology rather than the safer and more secure chip and PIN technology merely to get the higher fees they receive when processing signature-based transactions.Mastercard stock symbol

Meanwhile, at the recent black hat security conference, nir valtman and patrick watson, researchers for NCR, a company that makes point of sale terminals disclosed how sophisticated hackers could steal the credit card number from an EMV chip enabled card’s magnetic strip when retailers, as many still do, fail to utilize encryption capabilities in their card processors.

We have come a long way in the last ten months, but there is still a long way to go to achieve better credit card security. In an upcoming column I will discuss what can and should be done.

Steve weisman, an expert in preventing cyberscams and identity theft, is a lawyer and professor at bentley university. He writes the blog scamicide.Com, where he provides daily update information about the latest scams.Mastercard stock symbol his new book is identity theft alert.