Payment cards. For questions about storing credit card numbers, see also pci-dss. For questions involving the physical object, see also smartcard (if the card has a chip).

learn more… | top users | synonyms

29
votes
7answers
5k views

Hashing a credit card number for use as a fingerprint

What's the best way to hash a credit card number so that it can be used for fingerprinting (i.e. so that comparing two hashes will let you know if the card numbers match or not)? Ideally, I'm ...
5
votes
3answers
134 views

Looking for credit card data and other PII in files

I'm looking for ways to check for the presence of credit-card data and other personally identifiable information in files on a network I'm testing. Currently i'm doing this manually with the usual ...
4
votes
2answers
99 views

Shop saves credit card data from guest orders

A web shop allows customers to order as guest or to create an account. I ordered as guest, entered my email address and the shipping address, and payed per credit card (I had to enter the security ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

How can hotels securely receive your credit card details (for a custom, one-off payment)?

A hotel belonging to a large chain (400 hotels in 60 countries) has just requested me to send my credit card details via standard (unsecured) email. I have negotiated a deal for accommodation with ...
4
votes
4answers
676 views

Signature instead of PIN, Visa card

Most of the credit cards require PIN to authorize transaction. Recently upon a transaction the merchant required my signature and not my PIN. I understand this is another sort of authorizing the ...
3
votes
2answers
63 views

Credit Card Fraud Prevention - Why Aren't Simple Things Used?

I use my American Express card every day, sometimes multiple times. I do a mixture of card-present and card-not-present transactions. AMEX has decent fraud detection and I get notified quickly if ...
13
votes
3answers
718 views

Should I worry if my credit card payment processor's server allows only weak SSL cipher suites?

I tested their server using https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/ and, apart from the disappointing "B" rating (it handles financial transactions, after all), the server only allows the following two RC4 ...
35
votes
5answers
8k views

How does a website know if a certain creditcard number is wrong instantly

I was renewing my Internet subscription through the online portal of my ISP. What struck me was when I was entering my credit card details, I entered the type of my credit card (MasterCard, Visa, AA, ...
3
votes
2answers
81 views

Dealing with credit card data that is not charged directly

I have a client who is a reseller for vacation packages. For years they've had a payment form on their site where the end user would fill out their credit card data and the information is emailed to ...
2
votes
3answers
67 views

Businesses Handling Credit Cards via Email

I have done some I.T. contracting for a medium-sized Australian hotel recently. I am concerned about their credit card handling practices. Customers often email their CC number and expiry date in ...
55
votes
5answers
70k views

How does Amazon bill me without the CVC / CVV / CVV2?

The card in question is a VISA, if that's of any importance. I've noticed this only on Amazon. All other sites I've purchased something from, ever, have needed the CVC code for the card. However, I ...
1
vote
0answers
60 views

Using chip and pin credit card for authentication?

I'd like to use a chip and pin credit card for authentication, that is to register a card into a system and then use it to log in (for demo/entertainment purposes only so bulletproof security isn't ...
3
votes
2answers
107 views

PCI DSS - mask PAN and log individual access to PAN

How do you re-conciliate two PCI DSS requirements in applications: 3.3 Mask PAN when displayed (the first six and last four digits are the maximum number of digits to be displayed), such that only ...
-1
votes
1answer
68 views

How does SAQ A-EP apply in the situation where no I frames are used

I'm really disappointed in SAQ A-EP. I feel that as a web developer, there are just way too many questions that go over my head and I couldn't possibly know. I use primarily Stripe and Braintree in ...
3
votes
1answer
48 views

How to mask SEPA (IBAN and BIC) information correctly?

I'm currently developing a payment system where users can use SEPA-debit to pay for the service. The user has the ability to enter the data once and can then select the same payment method when making ...
1
vote
0answers
51 views

Proper credit card encryption for use in a blacklist

I have a general encryption question. I have read through many of the encryption related questions here and I can't find any specifically addressing my concern. This is the hypothetical scenario: I ...
7
votes
3answers
657 views

Credit card fraud prevention

The project that I am working on requires processing of credit cards. Is there any way to detect cloned/counterfeit cards? Are there any proven workarounds to prevent credit card fraud or misuse? We ...
4
votes
2answers
437 views

Is storing CVV compliant with PCI standards?

From personal, job-related experience I know that many "Booking Engines" store the CVV info for customers' credit cards from the time a reservation is made until the time the guest leaves the hotel. ...
2
votes
0answers
163 views

visa gift cards untraceable?

I was in a retail store today, and these people were discussing how easy it is for people to use stolen credit cards, and buy those visa gift cards without being traced after they purchase the gift ...
0
votes
2answers
39 views

To which entity merchants must report credit card breach?

In the incident that a Marchand like Target or Home Depot, detects credit cards are breached, who they need to notify? Visa recommends informing the merchant bank, and/or Visa Incident Response ...
0
votes
1answer
664 views

What is the point to the IPEK in DUKPT?

I'm trying to understand the DUKPT (Derived Unique Key Per Transaction) system used for PIN devices, but I'm getting hung up on the IPEK. This blog post has an image where the sequence is: BDK ...
3
votes
1answer
155 views

Storing Credit Card Information on Mobile Phones

I've inherited the code-base for a legacy mobile app (both the native Android and native iOS version) and am running a security review on it, a few things stood out to me. The app allows a user to ...
3
votes
2answers
294 views

Verifying credit card ownership

When a fraudulent credit card CNP (Card Not Present) transaction is made, merchant is liable for the chargeback. For that reason, our company implemented a policy where we ask a photo of customer's ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

Viewing PCI data via 3rd party sites securely

I'm working on a project that requires PCI protected data (card PIN numbers) to be made visible to customers, via a Third Party (a non PCI compliant) company site. The hierarchy is as follows: Us ...
1
vote
2answers
249 views

No HTTPS on Credit Card entry form - Can it be safe?

I was going to make a purchase on a website, but the page containing the credit card entry form is HTTP and not HTTPS. Is it definitely unsafe? The website advertises the use of "RapidSSL" but if I ...
0
votes
1answer
82 views

Lost CVV number automatically virus related?

If my credit card was used on Amazon, doesn't that mean someone has my cvv number? And would that mean I have a virus? Or is there another way they can get a CVV code off a credit card? I know it's ...
41
votes
8answers
5k views

What prevents web shop owners from misusing credit card data?

I don't own a credit card but read much about fraud with stolen credit cards. Since I don't own one, I don't know how you exactly buy online using your credit card, so please correct me, if I am wrong ...
45
votes
10answers
21k views

Can a steel woven wallet prevent RFID scanning of credit card information?

According to the Popular Mechanics article RFID Credit Cards and Theft: Tech Clinic, the fact that many new credit/debit cards have a RFID chip embedded on it, there is a risk (albeit, small according ...
0
votes
3answers
823 views

Is it PCI compliant to send credit card details to the server without saving them there?

Considering I use SSL the whole process. I have an IOS client that I want to use to enter the user's credit card details. I want to do the whole charging and processing on the server side, so I send ...
3
votes
1answer
199 views

Improving magnetic stripe card security with a “magnetic noise” hash?

I was reading the wiki on magnetic stripe cards when I stumbled across this sentence: "Magnetic stripe cloning can be detected by the implementation of magnetic card reader heads and firmware that can ...
3
votes
2answers
132 views

What is stored on a banking card and how is it protected?

I wonder what is the content of a basic banking card having a chip, the kind you use for payment in any store, with a PIN, possible bank authorization, such as Mastercard or Visa or national banking ...
2
votes
3answers
291 views

Would chip-and-PIN have prevented the Target breach?

Would chip-and-PIN have prevented the Target breach? As we all know, Target was breached and the hackers stole lots of credit card numbers. Target is now advocating for chip-and-PIN, as a way to ...
1
vote
2answers
126 views

Does sending credit card info over email violates PCI DSS?

Being in the US, I have noticed that more and more companies ask to send sensitive credit card information (all information that is required to make a transaction) over a plain email. I believe that ...
1
vote
1answer
91 views

PCI DSS - Recorded Phone Conversations

I am using the using the following image from FishNet Security as a sort of guide for the data flow diagram required by PCI DSS as defined by: 1.1.3 Current diagram that shows all cardholder ...
1
vote
0answers
43 views

Telling the difference between a prepaid card and credit/debit card

In order to stop people abusing free trials, we can make sure new users are not reusing data from existing users and therefore not just signing up with a new account every month. It is reasonably ...
10
votes
4answers
6k views

Make online payments anonymously? [closed]

Is there a service/company which allows you to make anonymous payments online ? This is how i want the service to work - Just like a credit/debit card. When you make the payment online, instead of ...
1
vote
0answers
53 views

Collecting Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) & Credit Card (PACC) Agreements Electronically

I am looking for best practices regarding the collection of Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) agreements electronically. The Canadian Payment Association only seems to provide the following statement ...
1
vote
2answers
565 views

When paying online with a credit card, what is “3D authentication” and is it reliable?

I tried making a purchase from http://www.laptop-batteries.ca/ but on the very last step the page reloaded with an error. A representative contacted me asking why I didn't complete the order and I ...
0
votes
1answer
109 views

How secure credit card order system with blank mail

I want to know how to secure credit card order with blank mail. My boss instructing to create new site like as below: 1) User send "Blank e-mail" to new site. 2) The site returns mail including ...
0
votes
3answers
95 views

Why do credit cards have chips, if I can purchase online without the chip being read?

Credit cards (and debit cards) are used in three different ways: In person + pin. The seller requires me to insert my card with the chip and input the PIN number to complete the transaction. In ...
0
votes
1answer
37 views

credit card security suggested scenario

I need to know the best scenario for a merchant inserting client's credit cards and expiry dates to process recurring payment for these cards. What I have in mind (and want your expert suggestions ...
2
votes
0answers
93 views

Which keys does a bank typically exchange with a card scheme?

I'm trying to understand the different EMV-related keys that are shared between a bank who issues EMV cards and a card scheme, such as Visa or MasterCard. I understand the bank would typically ...
5
votes
2answers
97 views

Modifying credit cards to increase security

If I use a credit card only for chip&pin/EMV transactions and possibly for contactless transactions, I don't need the following parts of the card. magnetic stripe embossed numbers etc signature ...
4
votes
1answer
153 views

When does an Apple Pay token get converted to a real credit-card

Apple Pay says they store a Token on the phone and use it for transactions. Who issues this token? Who then converts this token to a real credit-card. Where is the mapping from token to real card ...
6
votes
2answers
1k views

Is it possible to clone an RFID/NFC card using a simple RFID reader, for future reuse and impersonation?

RFID/NFC technology is used in credit cards and many other personal identification applications. Is it possible/how easy is it to clone a card using a simple RFID reader? In other words, can the ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

TPM-esque Credit Card Solutions?

Lately, there have been a couple of projects which aim to replace all the credit cards in your wallet with a single smart device which will hold all of them, sync with your smartphone, etc. (Namely ...
6
votes
3answers
461 views

How does credit card authorization work

Few days ago I heard a professional scammer explaining how he exploits the banks, I cant find the right word to describe his actions, even the word scam does not fit as he is not breaking the law but ...
2
votes
2answers
52 views

Question regarding browser windows when integrating with 3rd party payment software

I've been told that when integrating with a 3rd party payment gateway, the other website's window should not be opened in an iFrame or a separate window - that the current application window itself ...
53
votes
10answers
14k views

Can I scratch off the magnetic strip off a debit card to only allow chip and PIN?

I have been robbed in the past by thieves using my HSBC Debit Card (issued by UAE branch) to purchase mobile phones and accessories by signing for the purchases. While the card has chip & PIN ...
2
votes
2answers
57 views

In this instance, is code+security code really more secure than just a longer code?

On credit cards, the security code is printed on the back of the card (usually), on the premise that having a credit-card slip or photo of the front of the card won't allow you to use it fraudulently. ...