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October 10, 2013


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Again Amen,

The phone is the single greatest thing to happen to Fraud PREVENTION since someone invented a safe.

To add to your list, you also have the camera for facial recognition, voice biometrics, the device itself (IMEI, DeviceID, Device Fingerprint). Things like Trusted Zone from ARM becoming standard...

The people who develop the mobile apps need to think about how to use these to combine a strong user experience and improve fraud prevention. Fraud prevention has been lazy in my view, and turns into business prevention.

+1 for getting more creative!


Maximally unknown dynamic assemblies of behavio- and biometrics is the likely next step. Main challenge is transferable rights and multiple persona's/avatars.

George Raad

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Agreed, this is constructive. It's useful to know where the customer is and be able to enforce elevated authentication, but I don't believe it's the complete answer as it overlooks an important point about mobile malware.

Depending on the specific technology (e.g. Android vs iOS vs WinPhone) smartphones and other mobile devices are susceptible (and the target of) online banking malware. Cyber criminals make a lot of money from online banking fraud and are focussing significant effort on developing this malware.

Just like banking malware on traditional PCs, mobile malware is capable of keylogging, initiating transactions without the customer's knowledge and intercepting text messages to authenticate fraudulent transactions. There are publicly reported losses of about £30M across many European banks in the second half of 2012 (just search for malware known as 'Eurograbber'). Right now there doesn't seem to be a reliable way to confirm that a device isn't compromised.

So in short you can't just rely on authenticating the mobile device or even authenticating the customer - you also need to consider authenticating the specific transaction, preferably using some method that can't be influenced by malware on a compromised mobile device. The key seems to be making this more customer-friendly than a separate token or whatever.

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