(Bloomberg) – The adoption of credit-card chiptechnology by U.S. retailers is having an unintended consequence:Criminals are moving from brick-and-mortar stores to theinternet.

The use of stolen card data to pay for merchandise on websites,in mobile apps and by dialing call centers surged 40 percent lastyear, according to a report from Javelin Strategy & Researchreleased Wednesday. That's forcing merchants to spend billions ononline fraud protection in an effort to detect when a crook isusing someone else's card number.

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