It is clear that today’s cybercriminals are more sophisticated than ever in their operations and their attacks, and that they are always on the lookout for new ways to exploit vulnerabilities in the global payments system. According to the 2009 Verizon Business Data Breach Investigations Report , 285 million consumer records were compromised in 2008—more than the previous four years combined. Data breach statistics from 2009 are expected to be even more grim due to the growth of increasingly sophisticated attack methods like malware infections, which grew tenfold in 2009.
While it is impossible to anticipate or prevent every attack, one way to stay a step ahead of these criminals is to have a thorough understanding of how they operate their enterprises. Read First Data’s new white paper, “Fraud Trends 2010: Top Threats from a Growing Underground Economy,” to learn about the fraud threats that are expected to be particularly troublesome during the next 12 months.