Every month, Elliott Klug or one of his business partners walks into the Colorado Revenue Department with a messenger bag holding thousands of dollars in cash and watches as state employees start counting.
The hackers often struck late on Fridays, starting about a year ago, sending skeleton crews at more than a dozen European banks rushing to keep bombardments of digital gibberish from crashing their websites.
Small banks are pushing to be exempted from what they call an unneeded and overly burdensome U.S. data- collection effort to spot how consumers may be abused by checking account overdraft fees and other charges.
Huaxia Bank Co.’s Pretty Lady credit card, co-issued with Deutsche Bank AG, entices women with triple points for cosmetics and fitness-club memberships. The Ms. Magic card from China Citic Bank Corp. dotted with Swarovski crystals offers free beauty treatments and health insurance.