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How to steal … the easy way

We were privileged to host Tony Sales last week. Tony is Britain’s Greatest Fraudster, according to the Sun … … stealing over £30 million in a lengthy criminal spree of robbing cards and retailers of goods and services. Easily done, as it turned out. And you can see why when you listen to this phone…

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How to catch a cybercriminal

Growing up in 21st century is wondrous, amazing and fun. You can connect to everyone on the planet. You can find friends from Tokyo to Timbuktu. You can catch an airplane like your dad caught a bus. You can pay carry a roomful of music around in your pocket and watch movies through the air….

Koobface

How to catch a cybercriminal

Growing up in 21st century is wondrous, amazing and fun. You can connect to everyone on the planet. You can find friends from Tokyo to Timbuktu. You can catch an airplane like your dad caught a bus. You can pay carry a roomful of music around in your pocket and watch movies through the air….

Koobface

How the Russian mafia use the banking system (especially Britain’s)

I was wondering what to blog about today, as it’s grey and cold and wet and miserable and … then I realised, I should blog about Russia. Here in London, we’ve gradually seen a takeover of some of our key financial and national assets by billionaires from the former Soviet Union states. Some of these…

Vladimir Antonov

£3 million from a simple ATM skim

I was just surfing the BBC news for information about the new Governor of the Bank of England and found this as the #1 most viewed video clip today.   The story is about a Romanian fraudster who admitted to stealing £3 million from a card-skimming scam.  He couldn’t exactly deny it, as he was caught…

Next generation authentication: DNA?

I’ve blogged often about the issues of identity, passwords, lack of security and the whole gamut of how mobile internet combined with social media changes everything.  Now it’s hit the mainstream media when British Airways magazine has its main front page talking about cybercrime. The first line gives away the rhythm of the article: “How…

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What is an acceptable level of fraud?

Derek Wylde, Group Head of Fraud at HSBC, presented at the Financial Services Club last week.  He talked about many aspects of fraud and risk, and presented quite  a few numbers related to the issue. One of the charts raised questions in my mind.  It related to the total cost of payment card fraud.  According…

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There is no effective identity system, which is why laundering succeeds

The converse of KYC and AML is identity management. If we had effective identity management where everyone could be identified as a unique person with certainty and securely, we would not have the issue of AML and KYC given to the banking system. The issue with identity is that no-one wants to own the problem….

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75% of banks aren’t checking for money launderers

I got a shock the other day.  We were discussing transaction processing with one of the banks, when  the head of transaction processing turned to me and said: “Chris, you know what?  We now have more people checking what we are doing than we have doing what we are doing!” I think I was supposed…

So how should a bank protect itself from hacktivists and cybercrime?

The real challenge for the banking system is how to protect their firewalls from attack by hacktivists, goverworms and cybercriminals and, conversely, how to deliver easy access to online banking for their clients and customers. It’s a real dilemma. On the one hand, everyone wants mobile access to his or her account balances and to…

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