China’s Anti-Information Fraud Society invites CyberSource to join a network of Chinese companies to share fraud management expertise

China’s Anti-Information Fraud Society aims to strengthen eCommerce fraud management efforts by Chinese companies and organizations, in order to boost overall information security in the country

BEIJING and SHENZHEN, China, March 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — CyberSource, a Visa Inc. company (NYSE: V), and one of the world’s largest providers of eCommerce payment management services, joins China’s Anti-Information Fraud Society (AIFS), the country’s first anti-online fraud union, co-founded by Tencent Inc. and law enforcement agencies in China. CyberSource will be able to share its expertise to create better awareness in the eCommerce market of fraud management and related topics, as well as potential solutions. This will be done in close collaboration with the other AIFS members in a collective effort to build a safer online payment environment.

China’s eCommerce market is expected to grow from US$390 billion in 2014 to US$718 billion in 2017[1]. With eCommerce booming, online fraud is expected to grow as well.

"As online shopping in China becomes more prevalent, there is plenty of personal information available online now. Chinese consumers are becoming more sophisticated, so an online community which safeguards personal information is fundamental to driving and sustaining eCommerce," said Thomas P. Chen, Deputy General Manager of the Mobile Internet Market Department, Tencent. "Building a credible network to share knowledge and best practices helps enhance the industry’s focus on promoting a secure environment for eCommerce users.  Hence, we see the need to equip all relevant parties with the necessary Internet security knowledge pertinent to our cause. By leveraging CyberSource’s fraud management expertise in this alliance, we strongly believe we can elevate fraud management efforts more effectively across China to protect both consumers and merchants."

Since it was founded in 2013, AIFS now counts nearly 100 companies and organizations as members, including security firms, dot-coms, banks, media companies and industry regulators. With more than 600 million Internet users in China[2], AIFS works closely with law enforcement agencies to manage online fraud, cybersecurity of mobile payments, as well as malware programs in the country. Since its establishment, AIFS has helped prevent a loss of US$43.4 million from online fraud[3]. It has also advised telecommunications carriers to block 5,100 suspicious phone numbers and 1,390 unsafe websites[4].

"Efforts to address eCommerce fraud in any market are more effective when done collectively. As the world’s largest eCommerce market and with the increasingly global reach of its eCommerce players, it is crucial that key stakeholders in China collaborate by exchanging knowledge, expertise and experience, while being supported by an established infrastructure.  We are honored to be a part of the Anti-Information Fraud Society to share our fraud management expertise, and help to continue to build trust in online payments," said Poon Khye Wei, Regional Director, Greater China and Korea, CyberSource.

Notes:

[1]

A.T. Kearney, China’s E-Commerce Market in 2014: The Logistics Challenges, November 2014

[2]

Internet Live Stats, China Internet Users

[3]

Shanghai Daily, Anti-fraud unit foils US$43m losses, December 27, 2014

[4]

Shanghai Daily, Anti-fraud unit foils US$43m losses, December 27, 2014

About CyberSource

CyberSource, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Visa Inc., is a payment management company. Over 400,000 businesses worldwide use CyberSource and Authorize.Net brand solutions to process online payments, streamline fraud management, and simplify payment security. The company is headquartered in Foster City, California and maintains offices throughout the world, with regional headquarters in Singapore, Tokyo, Miami / Sao Paulo and Reading, U.K. CyberSource operates in Europe under agreement with Visa Europe. For more information, please visit http://www.cybersource.com/asiapacific.

About Tencent

Tencent uses technology to enrich the lives of Internet users. Every day, hundreds of millions of people communicate, share experiences, consume information and seek entertainment through our integrated platforms. Tencent’s diversified services include QQ and Weixin/WeChat for communications; Qzone for social networking; QQ Game Platform for online games; QQ.com and Tencent News for information, and Tencent Video for premium video content. Tencent was founded in Shenzhen in 1998 and went public on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2004. The Company is one of the 50 constituent stocks of the Hang Seng Index. Tencent seeks to evolve with the Internet by investing in innovation, providing a hospitable environment for partners, and staying close to users. For more information, please visit www.tencent.com/ir.

About Anti-Information Fraud Society (AIFS)

Anti-Information Fraud Society (AIFS) is the first anti-online fraud union, co-founded by Tencent Inc. and other agencies, that strives to protect the vital interests of the country’s population against fraud.  Since it was established in December 26, 2013, it has grown from a dozen volunteers to hundreds of coalition units in its dedication to combat fraud. Some of its more notable member organizations include Jinshan, Sogou, Jingdong Group, SF Express and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. AIFS also acts as a communication platform for members to exchange and share knowledge on a multitude of fraud and fraudulent acts. Visit http://www.txwz.qq.com for more information.

Felicia Ang
Ying Communications
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