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Verifone Announces VeriShield Protect for EMV Smart Cards

End-to-End Data Encryption Solution Complements EMV Smart Card and Contactless Payment Standards November 17, 2009 Paris, France

Verifone Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: PAY), today announced that its VeriShield Protect end-to-end encryption solution for card payment security will be available for use with the EMV smart card standard and will also support contactless payments.

First introduced in the U.S. to help merchants and acquirers secure cardholder information and comply with PCI data security requirements, VeriShield Protect is now being expanded for use worldwide in support of all card payment types. VeriShield Protect with full EMV and contactless capability is now being introduced in the UK and for other regions beginning in spring 2010.

“With Visa International and MasterCard now both mandating global compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard by the end of 2010, the authentication and anti-card skimming benefits of EMV is no longer sufficient—merchants and acquirers also need to protect the integrity of cardholder data,” said Jeffrey Wakefield, Verifone vice president and general manager, Global Security Solutions. “VeriShield Protect provides that data security element, and its unique format-preserving encryption technology makes it easy to implement within the existing infrastructure.”

VeriShield Protect eliminates usable cardholder data from a retailer's POS applications, networks and servers by encrypting it end to end, so that even in the event of a security breach no usable data could be compromised and any stored data is secure. Real-time monitoring of payment transactions ensures that organizations can respond immediately to mitigate any attempted breach.

Verifone’s exclusive, format-preserving VeriShield Hidden Encryption (VHE) uses sophisticated AES encryption and enables existing payment applications to deal with encrypted cardholder data that is unusable by hackers, but does not impact existing transaction message formats. That makes it possible to integrate VeriShield Protect without costly changes to existing POS, back-office and acquirer software.

In addition, Verifone’s VeriShield Secure Device Management Service (VSDMS) provides real-time, actionable security alerts regarding breaches or use of non-compliant devices or systems for timely mitigation.

“VeriShield Protect now supports the broadest range of card payments, whether they are magstripe, contactless or EMV-based,” said Wakefield. “As all of these payment acceptance methods will continue to co-exist in the foreseeable future, merchants and acquirers can now seamlessly protect all cardholder information that enters their enterprise.”

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About Verifone Holdings, Inc. (
Verifone Holdings, Inc. (“Verifone”) (NYSE: PAY) is the global leader in secure electronic payment solutions. Verifone provides expertise, solutions and services that add value to the point of sale with merchant-operated, consumer-facing and self-service payment systems for the financial, retail, hospitality, petroleum, government and healthcare vertical markets. Verifone solutions are designed to meet the needs of merchants, processors and acquirers in developed and emerging economies worldwide.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for Verifone Holdings, Inc.:
This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations or beliefs and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements herein due to changes in economic, business, competitive, technological and/or regulatory factors, and other risks and uncertainties affecting the operation of the business of Verifone Holdings, Inc. These risks and uncertainties include: our ability to successfully deploy VeriShield Protect as contemplated, our customers' acceptance and adoption of our newly released products and applications, our ability to protect against fraud, the status of our relationship with and condition of third parties upon whom we rely in the conduct of our business, our dependence on a limited number of customers, uncertainties related to the conduct of our business internationally, our dependence on a limited number of key employees, short product cycles, rapidly changing technologies and maintaining competitive leadership position with respect to our payment solution offerings. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Verifone is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

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