SCA industry challenges
When implementing Strong Customer Authentication (SCA), most organisations come across a number of challenges. Through discussions with different actors in the PSD2 SCA industry, some issues have emerged that are shared across the industry, regardless of company size or whether you are an incumbent or challenger bank.
2FA - Why sending OTP via SMS is vulnerable
Most organizations today provide two factor authentication (2FA) to their users and customers, to provide them with a more secure mode of accessing their accounts. 2FA has indeed helped most users keep their accounts more secure than they were before its inception. However, with the introduction of 2FA as a more secure way of authenticating users came other issues that made it vulnerable to certain hacks.
Expectations for Strong Customer Authentication in 2020
2019 was an exciting and challenging year in the payment and strong customer authentication industry. With New Years Eve just behind us this is a good time to look forward into 2020, both for what we know will happen and for some speculation on what might happen.
PDS2 SCA compliance checklist
One of the aims of the Revised Payment Service Directive, more commonly known as PSD2, is to better protect consumers when they pay online. The requirement for a strong customer authentication (SCA) in a majority of electronic payments is a key element of the regulation.
Current challenges for banks and fintechs
Back when we started the design of the Okay solution we made the following assumptions:
Protecting Users Against Unauthorized Transactions on Mobile Devices: Tamper Resistance Using Honeypots
The internet has made building great solutions that solve plenty of problems fairly easy. However, it does not come without its problems and security issues.
What can malware do? Mobile malware part 2
In the previous post we discussed what malware can do once it is active on your phone. But, how do end-users get malware in the first place? You might think that you’re protected if you don’t really do anything else than messaging and Facebook on your phone, but that is not the case.
Adding PSD2 Compliance To Your Flutter App
With the recent success and trend in the Flutter SDK, it is no surprise that a good number of mobile developers will consider using Flutter as their preferred choice for cross-platform mobile app development.
What can malware do? Mobile malware part 1
So far in 2019, there has been a rapid growth of malware, particularly in the mobile banking sector. According to the latest report from Checkpoint the growth in banking malware has been more than 50% compared to 2018. At the same time, Kaspersky reported that 438,709 of their mobile users encountered a total of 3,730,378 financial attacks, which does not include other types of mobile malware. So, clearly, there is a lot of malware out there trying to target the financial sector. In this post, we’ll look at what malware can do once it is installed. Don’t worry, we’ll look at how malware spreads in the next post.
EBA releases Opinion on SCA elements
Back on the 21st of June, the European Banking Authority published an opinion on the elements of Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) under PSD2.
Auditing and documenting
This topic might appear to be quite boring, but this does not make it any less important. While documentation has been a requirement for a long time, the RTS creates new challenges for anyone involved in payments. There are a number of new articles that are more demanding than previously referring to the documentation.
Traceability and Payment Transaction Security
Along with the articles 29, 72 and 73 from the RTS, we explore how seriously we take traceability and payment transaction security with our Single Device SCA service.
Secure Execution Environments
One of the most interesting new developments with the PSD2 in the last couple of years is that the regulatory authorities are now apparently more open to single-device solutions. This is made clear in article 9 of the RTS.
Linking payments to the user: using authentication codes
Both article 4 and article 5 of the RTS uses the term “authentication codes” quite a lot. While it is not explicit in the regulation what an authentication code is, it is likely that most people will associate it with a TAN, a “Transaction Authentication Number”, which is a variant of a One Time PIN (OTP).
Multi-factor authentication: Knowledge, inherence and possession
The most traditional way of authenticating to a service is to simply use a username and a password. This is what is known as single-factor authentication. Although this is the most common authentication process, it’s not ideal for today’s standards since it can very easily break.
The impact of the Revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) on security
The Revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) has a wide range of objectives, which impacts nearly all financial institutions and many merchants. Fundamentally, as long as you are located in Europe, or do transactions with customers located in Europe, the PSD2 will have some kind of impact.
PSD2 SCA Compliance & How You Can Prepare for the Deadline
As a bank or PSP, you have to be ready to test your PSD2 compliance with strong customer authentication under the Commission Delegated Regulation before the deadline on the 14th of March 2019. A good place to start for a Single Device SCA is with our own - Okay This.
PSD2 explained and why you should care
Since the revised ) was proposed by the European Commission back in 2013 it has already created widespread of disruption in the European payment market. New payment processors are popping up almost daily, and the big banks are clearly moving to secure their positions before the directive comes fully into force in September 2019.
Strong Customer Authentication Service
We are pleased to announce the general availability of our Strong Customer Authentication solution, OKAY
Android root attacks can persist and live forever
The Hacker News describes how it is possible for malware to become persistent through exploiting vulnerabilities in the bootloader. But why is the bootloader such a tempting target for root attacks? Let’s have a look.
The latest news in overlay attacks
Some times it feels like security vendors are fighting an endless battle against malware creators who come up with new exploits. A common goal for malware authors is to find new ways of stealing user credentials and passwords, so that criminals can hijack accounts and even do fraudulent transactions. The mechanisms used to do this has gone under several different names: Tapjacking,
Mobile phones are under attack through from Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Lately there have been two much published reports of vulnerabilities which threatens billions of mobile phones. First, in July it was vulnerability in the firmware of a little known chip powering almost all modern smartphones, a Wi-Fi chip made by Broadcom. The vulnerability, known as BroadPwn, allows a smartphone to be infected simply by looking for known networks, something that all mobile phones do regularly. In theory the vulnerability could also be used convert the Wi-Fi chip into an access point, so that it could automatically spread itself to other phones, potentially spreading worldwide in just a few hours. You can read more about this vulnerability in this . As the firmware can be updated through the operating system any phone not updated since July is likely to be vulnerable.