Small firms must comply with security standards or be held “liable” for breaches

Some small businesses have paid a big price for data breaches in Canada – Michael D'Sa would know, he's the senior manager of data security for Visa Canada and privy to some investigations

Published on: March 13th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Ontario florist’s nightmare shows small firms not safe from credit card fraud

When Hamilton, Ont.-based florist Rosanna Yeomans received an order on Jan. 2 for $44,000 worth of flowers from a church in Ghana, she thought her small business was off to a great start

Published on: March 4th, 2009 Brian Jackson

Heartland data breach “shocking” says Canada’s privacy commissioner

After a data breach that could prove to be the largest unintended disclosure of consumer information ever, security and privacy experts are urging companies to learn from the Heartland Payment Systems breach and

Published on: January 23rd, 2009 Brian Jackson

100 million cards potentially compromised in Heartland breach

A data breach disclosed today by Heartland Payment Systems may well displace TJX Companies' January 2007 breach in the record books as the largest ever involving payment data with potentially over 100 million

Published on: January 22nd, 2009 Jaikumar Vijayan

TigerDirect.ca uses collaboration to combat cyber crooks this Christmas

The Christmas season is hectic for everyone – fraudsters included. The busy shopping season is well-known in the retail community as the time of year when fraudulent transactions abound.Criminals hope their fake credit

Published on: November 28th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Billion-dollar underground economy run over IRC

Cybercriminals have been scared away from Web forums to Internet Relay Chat (IRC) servers where they continue to do a brisk trade of financial information worth billions of dollars, according to a new

Published on: November 24th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Top five ways Canadians can protect against credit fraud

Each year thousands of Canadians fall victim to identity theft, and in a variety of ways.It could be by them misplacing personal information, having their wallets swiped, mistakenly giving out credit card numbers

Published on: November 6th, 2008 Michelle MacLeod

How to secure your credit card transactions

Credit card companies issue to consumers, who shop on credit and pay bills later. The companies make their money two ways: one, by taking commission from merchants and two, by charging interest from

Published on: November 4th, 2008 Talha Ghafoor

Online payment options may “knockout” credit cards

Online payment methods such as PayPal have gained in popularity over the past three years and have enough momentum to continue to steal market-share away from credit cards to the tune of hundreds

Published on: October 10th, 2008 Brian Jackson

Theories abound about data breach at Canadian airport

Various theories are being advanced to account for WestJet airline's "extraordinary" action of removing credit card check-ins from self-service kiosks at airports across Canada. The Calgary-based airline has done this in at kiosks

Published on: July 25th, 2008 Brian Jackson

PCI compliance need not be scary for SMBs

Compliance is one of those words that send chills down the spine, inspiring nightmares that involve blood-thirsty lawyers, courtrooms and large amounts of money. Handling customer credit card data is a serious responsibility

Published on: June 17th, 2008 Jeremy Disse

Race begins in Canada to cash in on mobile phone payments

Early in the race to get Canadians buying things with their mobile phones, MasterCard might be ahead by a nose, but Visa has unveiled a wiser partner choice, says an analyst. The two

Published on: June 9th, 2008 Brian Jackson

How Virgin scores…in its megastores

Managing the technology that runs Virgin Entertainment Group's 10 Virgin Megastores in the U.S. is like staging a rock concert, says Robert Fort, CIO of the media company. When each store opens its

Published on: June 4th, 2008 Meridith Levinson

Microchips – and common sense – help bust debit fraud

Merchants offering customers Interac Direct Payment (IDP) to facilitate sales can now get computer chip technology machines to help guard against fraud, but industry insiders say using common sense is still the best

Published on: March 14th, 2008 Brian Jackson