Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

PNC Upgrading 9,000 Atms with Chip Card Technology

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

PNC Upgrading 9,000 Atms with Chip Card Technology

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PNC Bank announced that it is in the midst of upgrading all of the 9,000 ATMs throughout its footprint to read EMV or chip cards in an effort to better secure transactions for its customers.

Pittsburgh-based PNC operates in about 17 states and the District of Columbia. Its footprint extends as far south as Florida, west to Illinois and Missouri, and throughout the Atlantic states.

The upgrade will be rolled out between now and Oct. 1, according to Ken Justice, a PNC executive in the Downtown office who is in charge of the ATM project. "We are doing it by Oct. 1 because that is the date that any MasterCard-issued card that has fraud on it, the liability shifts on that date from the card issuer to the ATM owner," he said.

Visa is scheduled to follow in October 2017.

Just as with during point-of-sale transactions, each ATM chip card transaction is completed with a "token" or unique code that cannot be reused, making card information essentially useless to create counterfeit cards if it's skimmed from the ATM. …

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