Category Archives: Technology

UK consumers excited by the new biometric payment cards

By | October 29, 2018

London, 29 October 2018 – More than half of UK consumers (54 percent) would be ready to use biometric payment cards if they were available at their bank today, according to new research revealed by digital security leader Gemalto and conducted by GfK*.  For 82 percent of them, it would even become their preferred payment card – generating a clear ‘top… Read More »

If your toothbrush calls you, it might not be for dental hygiene: the importance of securing the Internet of Things

By | October 25, 2018

Our world is hyper-connected now. Current estimates are that there are around 10 billion electronic devices with access to the internet and that number will have at least doubled by 2020. In addition to the many advantages and opportunities, the emerging ability of connected devices to impact the physical world has also created a new set of vulnerabilities… Read More »

Antonio D’Albore Publishes Article on Biometric Payment Cards on PSD Group’s InFocus

By | October 2, 2018

I am glad to announce to my readers that I have contributed to the Payment InFocus – Autumn 2018, with an article on Biometric Payment Cards. Article is available here. Let me take this opportunity to thank you Mrs. Charlotte Hackett, Specialist in Payment and Biometric at PSD. InFocus is a periodical online publication produced by PSD. PSD… Read More »

IEC – How to protect tomorrow’s critical infrastructure

By | July 16, 2018

Imagine a city the size of London thrown into chaos, as public transport grinds to a halt and traffic lights stop functioning …This is no longer the stuff of nightmares or the scenario of a disaster movie but a prospect that is getting more likely every day. Critical infrastructure facilities, whether power or nuclear plants, national railway and… Read More »

Optaglio integrates competing hologram technologies – laser and electron beam

By | June 19, 2018

LOCHOVICE (June 19, 2018)  – Optaglio has introduced its first holograms created with a combination of technologies, applied separately so far. Combination of technologies should prevent counterfeiters from easy identification what measures were used for hologram creation.  It is a part of long-term Optaglio effort to keep holograms the most secure anti-counterfeit technology available.  “It is no revolution.… Read More »

India – DoT issues guidelines for M2M number verification, allows eSIMs

By | May 17, 2018

NEW DELHI: The telecom department has asked carriers that are offering machine to machine (M2M) services to follow KYC norms before issuing SIMs for the service which will have restricted features such as calls and data will be limited to one and two numbers, respectively.  In a notice issued on Wednesday, DoT said that in cases where the… Read More »

Eurosmart confirms that security of products and services is not impacted by the recent publication on SCP02

By | May 17, 2018

Brussels, May 17th, 2018 – Eurosmart has noted the publication from Gildas Avoine (Rennes University, INSA Rennes) and Loïc Ferreira (Orange Labs) on the potential Vulnerability on the SCP02 protocol, published yesterday on the TCES Website.  This new publication reports a known attack but applied in a new context.  For a long time, Eurosmart has been recommending that additional security measures… Read More »

Consumer eSIM not likely to happen soon!

By | May 14, 2018

The US Department of Justice is has opened a probe into alleged coordination by AT&T, Verizon Communications and the GSMA, accused of having slowed down the adoption of eSIM standards. When adopted in consumer handsets, eSIMs would allow subscribers to switch between mobile network operators more easily than when they have to purchase a new physical SIM card.… Read More »

Swipe, Insert, and Tap Comes to Metal Cards With XCore’s Proprietary Contactless Technology

By | April 16, 2018

WEST CHESTER, Pa., March 16, 2018 ( – XCore Technologies has introduced a proprietary metal card design coupled with its proprietary encapsulation process to overcome the shortcomings of earlier generations of Metal Dual Interface (DI) cards. With the current suite of competitors’ metal cards, the metal interferes with the antennae making it difficult to execute contactless transactions. XCore Technologies’ Metal… Read More »

Secure Technology Alliance Provides Recommendations, Best Practices for Implementing Fast, Convenient Contactless Payments

By | February 5, 2018

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Feb. 05, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Consumers want payments to be faster, more secure, and seamless, and many stakeholders across the payments industry are looking to contactless payments as a way to meet these expectations. For merchants, issuers and processors considering contactless payments, the Secure Technology Alliance has released a new white paper today that provides recommendations… Read More »

Visa Enables More Cash-Free Moments in Minneapolis: Local Merchants and U.S. Bank Stadium Receive Point-of-Sale Upgrades

By | February 2, 2018

Visa teams up with Minneapolis native Larry Fitzgerald & AP Rookie of the Year Nominee Christian McCaffrey to provide select merchants and fans a fast, secure payment experience MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Visa (NYSE: V) today announced that it upgraded the point-of-sale (POS) terminals of select Minneapolis-based small businesses, helping create quicker, easier and more seamless payment experiences for their… Read More »

Why Making Space for Smart Cards is Essential for Blockchain App Development

By | February 2, 2018

“If you own the keys to your cryptocurrency account, your money is secure. If someone else holds the keys to your account, they own your money, too.” This popular saying by bitcoin experts warned early blockchain adopters against the risks of sharing passwords, keys and passphrases in mobile apps or cloud-based storage. Most advise in favor of keeping… Read More »

Secure Technology Alliance Highlights Payments, Transportation and Mobile Councils Accomplishments in 2017

By | January 31, 2018

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Secure Technology Alliance Payments, Mobile and Transportation Councils had a productive year in 2017 with strong member participation, quality deliverables, and significant headway in stimulating the understanding, adoption and widespread application of secure technologies in the payments space. “The industry and technology councils are a critical piece in the Alliance’s… Read More »

US Payments Forum Winter 2018 Market Snapshot: EMV Enablement Growth in New Markets, Predictions for Contactless Payments in Transit, Prioritizing Online Transaction Security

By | January 29, 2018

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Jan. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Payments Forum today released its winter 2018 market snapshot, providing updates on the status of the U.S. EMV chip migration and contactless payments, 2018 priorities to address technologies for securing online transactions, and recently-released resources for the payments industry. State of the Market: EMV Enablement Growth in Retail Petroleum and… Read More »

Two “SESAMES Awards” for post-quantum cryptography on contactless security chip

By | November 29, 2017

Munich, Germany, and Cannes, France – 29 November 2017 – Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) has been recognized with two SESAMES Awards for the world’s first post-quantum cryptography implementation on a contactless security chip. The prestigious industry awards were presented today at the TRUSTECH 2017 in Cannes. Infineon was awarded in two of six categories:… Read More »

Versasec Announces Plan to Protect Clients from ROCA

By | November 18, 2017

New York, NY, November 18, 2017 –(– Versasec, the leader in smart card and virtual smart card management systems, today announced simple steps its clients can take to understand their ROCA vulnerability. The Return of Coppersmith’s Attack (ROCA), designates an updated version of an old attack that exposes the vulnerabilities of weak RSA keys. The attack is named… Read More »

Secure Technology Alliance Industry Councils Announce New Charters to Align with Broadened Mission of Organization

By | October 23, 2017

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Oct. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Secure Technology Alliance Access Control, Identity, and Health and Human Services Councils have redefined their charters to align with the expanded focus of the Alliance. The Secure Technology Alliance (formerly known as the Smart Card Alliance) expanded its charter and activities in March 2017 to include multiple form factors and related… Read More »

Smart Card Support in Red Hat Enterprise Linux

By | September 26, 2017

Recent Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases see an expansion in support of the smart card related use cases. However customers usually have a mixed environment and standardize on a specific version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for period of time. It is important to understand the evolution of the smart card related feature to plan your deployment and understand… Read More »

OPTAGLIO security holograms exceeded 5 million DPI

By | September 11, 2017

LOCHOVICE (September 11, 2017) – OPTAGLIO, the global leader in high-resolution security holograms, today announced it exceeded the resolution of 5 million DPI. This move further enhances anti-counterfeit resistance because such resolution is beyond the reach of any potential attacker. Cards producers are thus given a technological advantage that is likely to sustain over more than ten years. „This success is backed… Read More »