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Contactless Payment Fraud

Contactless payment systems are credit cards and debit cards, key fobs, smart cards or other devices, including smartphones and other mobile devices, that use radio-frequency identification (RFID) or near field communication (NFC) for making secure payments.

Contactless payment in the UK has grown very rapidly in the last couple of years. Consumers spending on contactless cards in the UK more than tripled in 2014 as more and more consumers are adopting the technology to make payments. According to the UK Cards Association, the market for contactless payments in the UK touched £2.32billion in the year 2014, a 255%-increase on the previous year’s figure of £653 million.

Contactless cards have been in use for five years and are becomingly increasingly popular as they save time for retailers and customers by speeding up transactions.

In order to further boost contactless payments in the country, the maximum cap on contactless payments is expected to be increased to £30 from September 2015.  The average debit and credit card transaction in a supermarket is worth just over £25 currently. Many high street retailers now have contactless terminals in place, and Transport for London accepts contactless payments on buses and at stations. The growing list of retail outlets that accept contactless payments includes Aldi, Barnardo’s, Boots, Superdrug, Costa Coffee, Greggs, IKEA, JD Wetherspoon, Lidl, London Buses, London Tubes, M6 Toll, Marks & Spencer, McDonald’s, Post Office, Stagecoach, Waitrose and WHSmith.

You don’t expect your cards to be defrauded but the rise of ‘wave and pay’ can mean just that

Millions of debit and credit card holders are at risk of having their personal data mined by thieves exploiting a loophole in the latest ‘contactless’ payment technology.

 

Card numbers and personal details can be read almost instantly by a remote device such as a mobile phone, according to cyber-crime experts.  In addition cards are inadvertently charged by payment systems such as Oyster.

 

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Contactless payments in the UK touched £2.32billion in the year 2014, a 255%-increase on the previous year’s figure of £653 million.

Criminals can easily adapt phones using products sold online to scan details from contactless cards without card-owners knowing (picture posed by models)

Criminals can easily adapt phones using products sold online to strip the details from contactless cards without card-owners knowing

 
 

 

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The new technology is vulnerable to thieves and conmen. Any stranger who found or stole one of the cards could go on a small-scale spending spree of up to £100 – as the reader requires a PIN only after five transactions in one day.
 

And this week The Mail on Sunday witnessed how details from the cards can be wirelessly copied by a touch screen phone – modified with parts bought on the internet for as little as £30. 
 

The phone – which was adjusted by security expert Martin Emms and his team of researchers at Newcastle University’s Centre for Cybercrime and Computer Security – also accessed the last ten transactions made on the account.

 

By simply holding the phone near a wallet, our reporter was able to download the details within two seconds, fuelling fears that the technology could be exploited by thieves in a crowd or by brushing past someone.
 

The unsuspecting victim would be unaware their data had been stolen until they received their bank statement, but the stolen information could be used to make purchases online from retailers such as Amazon, who do not require a security code or further checks for most purchases. 
 

Mr Emms, who has published a report into contactless card flaws, said: ‘We have produced a phone which speaks the same language as the cards and used this to obtain data from them.
 

‘With it, we have been able to strip contactless cards of the account-holder’s name, 16-digit number, and expiry date. In some cases, we have even been able to obtain the last ten purchases, which is one of the security questions asked by banks.
 

‘With this information alone we have been able to make purchases on Amazon. It is alarming because the information provides the basis that, with a little more research, could see thieves strip a bank account.’
 

Mr Emms added it was ‘reasonable to expect’ that around 30 million bank cards could be at risk of  having their data read by modified mobile phones.
 

In April 2012, Barclays began to issue new cards they claimed were more secure after fears were expressed about the flaws. However, they replace older cards only when they expire or a replacement is needed. 
 

Mr Emms added: ‘Our research has exposed a number of flaws in contactless bank-card technology and we are desperate for the banks to do more before the loopholes are exploited by thieves.’

 

The flaws have provoked warnings from security analysts that the contactless technology could be ‘wide open to exploitation’ by thieves.
 

Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at Cambridge University, also fears the contactless system could prove a boon for thieves. He said: ‘The problem with contactless cards is they have been rolled out in a haphazard way without careful thought into the consequences.
 

‘With a modified phone, which can be put together easily, a bank account can have its details stripped from a contactless card in seconds. With the list of someone’s last ten transactions, a thief can use that to answer a bank’s security question. 
 

‘That’s not all they need to know, but a determined thief will be able to get the other information fairly easily and have access to your bank account.
 

‘Banks blame the stores and vice versa, but the people losing out are customers having their details stolen. The big beneficiaries are the firms who invented the inadequate technology – and, of course, the thieves.’

 

 

The majority of contactless cards belong to Barclays customers, accounting for 19.3 million cards. 
 

Britons now make 5.4 million contactless card transactions a month, up from 2.5 million at the start of the year. There are 232,000 card readers across the country.
 

There are plans afoot to phase out the ‘magnetic strip’ credit cards, store cards and supermarket loyalty cards in favour of contactless and chip and PIN technology.
 

Last night a spokesman for the UK Cards Association said: ‘We always welcome contributions from researchers on addressing potential vulnerabilities in the payments system.’
 

A spokesman for Visa Europe said: ‘Our latest required specification for contactless cards does block access to the cardholder name.’

 

 

 

 

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