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PCI Compliance, 3rd Edition by Anton Chuvakin, Branden R. Williams

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Chapter 2

Introduction to Fraud, Data Theft, and Related Regulatory Mandates

Credit card fraud, identity theft, and broader personal data theft are problems that plague our information-dependent society and predate the age of the Internet. Ironically, things such as automated processing of financial data that make your life easier and more convenient also make crime easier and more convenient. Moreover, the Internet allowed crime that only happened on a small scale to grow and spread globally, and the Internet’s scalability turned electronic-based crimes into a global concern.

Some crime was automated and changed from rare to widespread, for example, Nigerian e-mail or UK Lottery scams. Gone are the days where criminals need to be in the same ...

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