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Better merchant services security needed to protect data

December 6, 2011

Recent data breaches have raised concerns with some merchant services experts regarding the effectiveness of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

Recent data breaches have raised concerns with some merchant services experts regarding the effectiveness of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

As GovInfoSecurity.com reports, California-based Save Mart Supermarket recently told its customers that their credit card information could have been obtained by criminals using so-called “skimming” methods at self-service checkout machines. In an interview with the news outlet, European ATM Security Team head Lachlan Gunn says that the crimes had hit many stores and its customers hard in recent years given the increased prevalence of self-service kiosks.

“Skimming at unattended self-service terminals has been fairly widely reported at petrol stations, railway ticket machines and parking ticket machines,” he told the website.

Others, such as Jeremy King, European regional director for the PCI Security Standards Council, said that there were methods that could be undertaken to make sure no breaches occurred.

“There are anti-skimming devices now becoming available that can detect the presence of a skimming device, because a lot of the skimmers these days, they tend to transmit the data,” he said in an interview with the news source. 

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