Can’t Snag a Hot Holiday Toy? A Grinch Bot Probably Got There First

| Douglas P. Clement

So-called Grinch bots buy up popular toys in bulk at Christmas and resell them at a profit. They affected as much as 97% of traffic to ecommerce sites in the week ending Cyber Monday, Radware claimed. Now Congress is considering legislation for the third time to combat the threat. Will a new law or technology solve the problem?

New JavaScript Skimmer Stealing Customer Data from Ecommerce Sites

| Douglas P. Clement

Visa is warning ecommerce merchants about a new JavaScript skimmer targeting customer data entered at the point-of-sale (POS) in payment forms on sellers’ websites. Pipka is able to remove itself from the HTML code after it is successfully executed, thereby avoiding detection. Visa is giving merchants a list of mitigation measures.

Don’t Be the Next Data Breach Headline This Holiday Season

| Chad McDonald

The holiday shopping season is practically upon us, which means savvy consumers are getting ready for the best sales of the year. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones preparing to take advantage of the season. Learn about the serious threats posed by bad actors like Magecart groups, and what steps you can take now to be protected.

To Meet Consumer Expectations, Retailers Must Fight Against Counterfeits

| Sanjeev Sularia

The retail industry has a counterfeit problem and it’s threatening brands across the world. According to the International Chamber of Commerce, the global economic cost of counterfeiting and piracy could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022. Here are measures retailers should take to prevent 3P sellers from offering counterfeit goods.

The Implications of a Phased Approach to UK’s SCA Payment Rules

| Mike O'Brien

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is opting for an 18-month phased implementation of the Secure Customer Authentication rules for ecommerce transactions, instead of an action date of Sept. 14. Eric Christensen of Digital River provides some context in this latest MCM CommerceChat podcast.

When Is Outsourced Fraud Prevention Cost Effective?

| Rafael Lourenco

Fraud as a percentage cost of revenues has steadily climbed over the past several years, from an average of 0.51% in 2013 to 1.80% in 2018, and that number is expected to keep rising as CNP fraud continues to grow. Here are some key factors when considering whether to have all of your fraud screening done in house or outsourced.

Measuring the Successes and Shortcomings of Software Security in Retail

| Taylor Armerding

As an industry, retail’s reputation for providing software security has taken some hits. The top 15 data breaches of the current century include Target in 2013, with account information on an estimated 110 million customers compromised; TJX in 2006, with 94 million credit cards exposed; and Home Depot in September 2014, with about 56 million customer credit/debit cards compromised. Here is a look at how retailers can beef up their security to ensure that data breaches are a thing of the past.

Over 70% of U.S. Consumers Favor National Data Privacy Law

| MCM Staff

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. consumers favor a national data privacy law that applies to all 50 states equally, according to a new survey. Adults are most comfortable handing over their email address and birth date, and least comfortable handing giving up their address and phone number, the survey found.