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Prevent the ransomware epidemic from infecting your organization 

by Heather Wyson-Constantine, Vice President of Payments and Cybersecurity, American Bankers Association

By now, you’ve mostly likely heard the news: ransomware is here and it’s a problem. The impact can be devastating. Imagine not being able to access your email, customer information or vital records for days or even weeks. Victims not only face monetary losses associated with the ransom and loss of business during the downtime, but also the additional forensics costs, the loss of employee productivity and, most importantly, customer trust.

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Court rules in bank’s favor in an account takeover case. 

What does this mean to you?

In a relatively high profile court case, an appellate court ruled in favor of the defendant/bank rather than the plaintiff (the bank’s customer) in a dispute over an account takeover claim and reversed a lower court opinion, ruling that the bank may seek attorney’s fees from the plaintiff. In many respects, the decision handed down will be a significant influence on future court cases and also on security/verification procedures a bank mandates or places on accounts regarding account transfer requests.

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A Dyre Situation: Malware Targets Corporate Banking Accounts 

First discovered in June 2014, “Dyre” malware has quickly become one of the most prominent banking Trojans targeting corporate customers’ bank accounts today. A system infected with the Dyre malware, which is delivered and downloaded through phishing/spam campaigns, will attempt to harvest customers’ information and online banking credentials to conduct unauthorized transfers.

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SafeAlert: Phishing Schemes Show No Signs of Slowing 

Many electronic crimes begin with phishing emails used to induce individuals to divulge private information or to click on a malicious link that downloads malware onto a computer network. Often these emails are highly targeted and appear legitimate to even the most skeptical recipients. An effective cybersecurity strategy is critical to combat electronic crime.

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Community Banking and Marijuana Decriminalization 

by Terence Cawley, Liability Claims Manager, ABA Insurance Services

Substantial sales are being generated in states that have allowed legalized marijuana sales and passed decriminalization measures. Marijuana-related businesses (“MRB’s”) in these states need to receive suitable banking services. While a number of banks are willing to establish banking relationships, many are unwilling to do so, preferring to let the dust settle. What do banks need to understand before establishing MRB relationships?

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