May 5 2004. Credit card firms, led by Mastercard, are pressing small businesses to have their Web sites tested by hackers in a drive to reduce credit card theft and boost public confidence in buying online. Security firm Ubizen has been hired to carry out regular "penetration tests" and report the results back to the card companies, with site owners carrying the cost. Card companies also plan to introduce new security mechanisms that will require shoppers to verify their identities to their bank with a password before making an online purchase. UK banks are expected to roll out the first credit card authentication service for online retailers, Mastercard Secure Code, within three months.


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