Tuesday, 01 March 2011


Police in London Warn Public to be Aware When Buying Train Tickets

Officers from the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU) are today, Tuesday 1 March, alerting commuters and other train users to be vigilant when buying train tickets at unmanned ticket machines on the rail and tube network.

The specialist joint police unit - which consists of Metropolitan police officers, City of London police officers and card payment industry investigators - has noticed a rise in the number of card skimming devices being placed on payment keypads at ticket machines in London train stations.

The DCPCU has been working with the British Transport Police (BTP) and Transport for London (TFL), and is today reminding the public of the best ways to protect themselves when buying their tickets.

In addition cardholders should always check their bank statements regularly and thoroughly for any unfamiliar transactions, and contact their bank or card company if they spot any.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Barnard, who heads the DCPCU, said: "We urge tube users to stay on their guard to help prevent themselves being scammed. Officers from our specialist unit, which has a national remit, are working very closely with TFL and BTP to ensure that these fraudsters will not benefit from their criminal activity.



IBM Bagged $23.6 Million E-Health Deal from Australia Government

IBM has won a $23.6 million contract from the Australia Government's National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) to design and build the National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) project. IBM will use public key infrastructure and secure tokens such as smart cards to provide an authenticated service so that healthcare personnel and providers can exchange e-health information including referrals, prescriptions and personally controlled electronic health records.

The system aims to become the first national authentication system for electronic records gathered from various health bodies. According to a statement from NEHTA, IBM will use its hardware, software and service capabilities to manage the project delivery of the system for healthcare providers. "NEHTA is providing a software development kit (SDK) that will allow existing healthcare systems and deployments to quickly and seamlessly integrate with NASH," the statement added. The programme is said to benefit over 600,000 Australian doctors, nurses and allied health providers.

According to an IBM spokesperson, the whole infrastructure project will roll out by June 30, 2012.



Bug Attacks 150,000 Gmail Accounts

Google's email service - Gmail, has been affected with a bug and almost 150,000 Gmail account holders have reportedly lost their e-mail, attachments and Google Chat logs. Google said it expected to fully restore the Gmail accounts of users who saw their emails deleted from their inboxes over the weekend.

Google engineering vice president Ben Treynor said in a blog post, "the email was never lost and we've restored access for many of those affected".

The bug reset the affected accounts and showed a welcome message to some users. Google said in a statement issued yesterday. Affected users will be temporarily unable to sign in while the search giant is fixing the problem. "For those Gmail users reporting missing messages, our engineers are working to restore them as soon as possible," Google said in a statement



Card Fraud Increases 60% in 18 Months, Reports ACI Worldwide

ACI Worldwide released the results of its 2010 Global Card Fraud Survey, showing that approaching a third (29 percent) of consumers across 8 major economies have been victims of card fraud in the past 5 years. This is up from less than a fifth (18 percent) in the summer of 2009.

The UK has a higher instance of card fraud than most other countries surveyed, with a third (33 percent) of consumers falling victim in the past five years, up from just 27 percent only 18 months ago, which means an estimated 14.6 million UK consumers have been the victims of card fraud in the last five years. Also, more than half (53 percent) of people in China have been victims of card fraud, compared to only 11 percent in the Netherlands.

According to the 2010 Global Card Fraud Survey of 4,200 consumers across 14 countries, 41 percent would change or consider swapping their financial institution as a result of being a card fraud victim or knowing someone who was.

Promisingly, the UK only had 14 percent of consumers unhappy with the treatment they received, the US 12 percent and Australia 10 percent, compared to 41 percent in India, 38 percent in Dubai and 32 percent in Singapore.

In the UK, the speed at which money was refunded following fraud was the main reason for customer satisfaction (40 percent) closely followed by the ability of financial institutions to identify the fraud before account holders (34 percent). This is a picture reflected across the globe although remarkably American consumers say that the ability for their bank to identify the fraud before them (40 percent) is more important than actually getting the money back quickly (32 percent).



Tyfone and Dexim Bring NFC Contactless Payments to iPhones

Tyfone along with Dexim have released the Tyfone iPhone sleeve. The Tyfone iPhone sleeve uses Tyfone's SideTap MicroSD technology to allow existing iPhone users worldwide to make mobile contactless payments directly from their phones.

The Tyfone iPhone sleeve and the company's patented SideTap technology transform the iPhone into an electronic wallet. This Dexim-powered stylish sleeve, which also provides protection for the iPhone, has a slot to house the Tyfone SideTap MicroSD card, the world's first secure memory card integrated with contactless payments technology. This sleeve also has built-in circuitry interfacing the 30-pin iPhone connector to a memory card slot enabling iPhone apps to communicate to the smartcard chip in SideTap MicroSD for over-the-air provisioning and management of identity securely.

A miniature antenna and onboard controller ensures consumers can securely store and update any bank account, credit card, prepaid card and other payment information. Tyfone's technology leaves the memory card functionality completely intact, allowing people to increase the available storage of their iPhones for saving any kind of digital information.



OTI Gets Additional 100,000 MediSmart Card Order

On Track Innovations Ltd has received an additional order for 100,000 MediSmart healthcare biometric ID cards for use by Kenyan-based Smart Applications International Ltd. (SMART), a provider of technology driven secure healthcare solutions.

To date, some 200,000 MediSmart cards have already been issued by SMART and more than 2,000 contactless smart card readers and other device points of service have been deployed at hospitals, pharmacies and general practitioner sites across Kenya.




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