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Banks can’t tell cyber attacker from customer

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A survey by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International has revealed that 38% of organisations now find that it is increasingly hard to tell whether a transaction is fraudulent or genuine.

A survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International has uncovered that banks and payment organisations globally are finding it difficult to manage online financial fraud in today’s connected and complex technological landscape. Over a third (38%) of organisations admit that it is increasingly hard to tell whether a transaction is fraudulent or genuine.

The explosive growth of e-payments, combined with new technological developments and shifting business needs, has forced companies to enhance the effectiveness of their business processes in recent years. In many cases, this has been achieved by implementing e-flow systems for interacting with suppliers and clients etc. E-payments of all types have become so ubiquitous today that it is absolutely impossible for businesses to completely avoid electronic transactions of any kind.

As companies become increasingly immersed in digital environments, ensuring business continuity and protecting themselves against cyber threats will be crucial. As the number of online transactions increases, so does the level of online fraud, with 50% of financial services organisations surveyed believing online financial fraud is increasing. It is clear that financial institutions need to make every effort to protect their business and customers from cybercriminals.

The survey showed that 41% of businesses have implemented an in-house cybersecurity solution and 45% rely on a third-party solution from their bank, to mitigate the risks. Still, 46% of companies have either only partially implemented a solution against financial fraud, or have not implemented one at all. Among financial organisations, only 57% have a dedicated anti-fraud security solution.

According to these findings, about half of the organisations operating in the electronic payments landscape use non-specialist solutions, which, according to statistics, are unreliable against fraud, and show a high percentage of false positives. The incorrect use of security systems can also lead to transactions being blocked. It should also be noted that the deviation of payments may lead to a loss of customers and, ultimately, profits. This is therefore a critical issue for every business. Fraud itself is not the only problem, financial institutions need to reduce the number of false alarms in their systems, to provide the best customer service possible.

“Considering the aggressive competition in today’s fierce financial services market and the extreme disruption from non-traditional providers, a trusted relationship between customers and their financial institutions is a decisive factor for the long-term prosperity of any company. The interdependence of the digital relationships between all financial services market players also means that if any organisation in the value chain experiences a digital service issue (whether due to fraud, breach, cyber-attack, etc.), the damage can quickly spread to the other organisations in that digital financial service value chain. As the already high volume of customer demand for online transactions continues to increase, all companies (its customer facing digital platforms, infrastructure, data, and employees) should be secure, convenient, and prepared. It’s crucial, therefore, to use specialised fraud prevention solutions that will provide customers with the most convenient and safest service possible,” comments Ross Hogan, Kaspersky Lab Global Head of Fraud Prevention.

Kaspersky Lab’s experts recommend that banks and payment services use comprehensive online fraud protection methods to protect their clients at several levels. Such as Kaspersky Fraud Prevention platform, which includes threat control tools installed on client devices, as well as the server component located within the bank’s information infrastructure. It provides multi-layered protection for online and mobile banking.

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Super Smash Bros. delivers what the fans wanted in the latest “Ultimate” instalment, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest addition to the popular Nintendo Smash series, has landed on the Nintendo Switch with a bang, selling 5-million copies in the first week of its release. The game has been long-anticipated since the console’s release, as many fans consider iy to be a Nintendo staple. And the wait was well worth it.

It features 74 playable fighters, 108 stages, almost 1300 Spirit characters to collect while playing, and a single-player Adventure mode that took about three days (or 28 hours) of gameplay to complete. The game offers far more gameplay than its predecessors, making it the Smash game that gives its players the best bang for their buck.

For those new to the game, the goal is to fight opponents and build up their damage score (draining their health) to knock them off the stage eventually. This makes the game seem chaotic, as many players jump around the platforms as if they were on quicksand, in order to avoid being hit by the other players.

It also services two kinds of players: the competitive and the casual.

Competitive players can be matched on the online service by skill ranking to enjoy playing with similarly high-skilled opponents. This is especially important in e-sports training for the game, and for players wanting to master combos against other human players. The casual gamer is also catered for, with eight-player chaos and button-mashing to see who comes out luckiest. This segment is also important for those wanting to learn how to play.

Training mode is also a place to go for those learning to play. It offers “CPU” players that are graded by intensity to train as a single player to learn a character’s moves, combos and general fighting style. More challenging CPU players can also be used by competitive players to train when there isn’t a Wi-Fi connection available.

Direct Play features in this game, allowing two players with two Switch consoles to play against each other over a direct connection – no Wi-Fi needed. This is especially useful to those who want to have a social gaming element on the go, similar to that of the cable connector of the Gameboy.

Click here to read Bryan Turner review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek have nine Funko Fortnite figurines to give away.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers (9 figurines in total). To enter, first click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears. Then, follow Gadget on Twitter.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite) and mention @GadgetZA to be considered valid.

Click here to select the Funko Fortnite character you want to tweet.

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