Cybersecurity threats facing electronic payments
Electronic payment providers cannot ignore the threats they face while cyber attacks occur. Government regulations require some protections, while consumers demand a level of security as well. However, smart payment service providers go even father, using the best technology and procedures available to thwart attacks whenever possible.
As a result, such attacks can come in a variety of ways. From fraudulent payment activity to skimming and more, these are some of the most common cybersecurity threats facing electronic payments:
- Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). Phishing emails and trying to trick employees to download malware are among the most common APTs. Once a person gets into the system, data theft, fraud, and other concerns can go on for an extended period. Much worse than a single fraudulent payment, the issue can result in massive data theft and millions in losses.
- Internal threats. Anyone who has access to sensitive information can steal data and cause serious harm by a data breach. Using their personal email or a USB device, an insider can intentionally or unintentionally cause a massive compromise to a system.
- Distributed Denial of Service Attacks (DDoS). When hackers flood a network with requests, it can overwhelm and fail to process real transactions. This isn’t about putting money into the hands of criminals but rather taking business away from a company or service.
- Account takeovers. Criminals use skimming devices, trickery and other devious methods to victimize cardholders. They steal cardholders’ credit card or its number and begin to initiate fraudulent payment activity. This can happen in the mall, at an ATM, or wherever a card is exposed.
- Supply chain breaches. Payment providers can become victims of criminal activity when there are breaches in the supply cha