Wednesday, 31 August 2011

VASCO comments on DigiNotar's Reported Security Incident

DigiNotar a wholly owned subsidiary of VASCO detected an intrusion into its Certificate Authority (CA) infrastructure on 19th July, which resulted in the fraudulent issuance of public key certificate requests for a number of domains, including

At that time, an external security audit concluded that all fraudulently issued certificates were revoked, but recently, it was discovered that at least one fraudulent certificate had not been revoked at the time. After being notified by Dutch government organisation Govcert, DigiNotar took immediate action and revoked the fraudulent certificate.

The attack was targeted solely at DigiNotar's Certificate Authority infrastructure for issuing SSL and EVSSL certificates. No other certificate types were issued or compromised. DigiNotar stresses the fact that the vast majority of its business, including his Dutch government business (PKIOverheid) was completely unaffected by the attack.

The incident at DigiNotar has no consequences for VASCO's core authentication technology. The technological infrastructures of VASCO and DigiNotar are completely separated, meaning that there is no risk for infection of VASCO's strong authentication business.

ACI Commences Exchange Offer Intended to Give S1 Shareholders Direct Voice

ACI Worldwide, Inc. yesterday announced that it is commencing an exchange offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of S1 Corporation common stock. Under the terms of the exchange offer, S1 shareholders would receive $6.20 in cash and 0.1064 ACI shares for each share of S1 they hold, assuming full proration, which as of August 29, 2011, had a blended value of $9.44 per share.

"While it remains our strong preference to enter into a negotiated transaction with S1, we believe taking our premium cash and stock offer directly to S1's shareholders is the best way to advance this compelling combination," said Philip G. Heasley, President and Chief Executive Officer of ACI. "We believe that ACI's enhanced proposal is clearly superior to and provides S1 shareholders with far greater value than the Fundtech transaction. We remain resolute in our commitment to take the steps necessary to complete this transaction."

ACI has secured committed financing from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for the cash portion of the transaction. The exchange offer is expected to expire at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 28, 2011, unless extended.

ACI urges shareholders to vote the BLUE proxy card AGAINST the Fundtech transaction. S1 shareholders are encouraged to read the definitive proxy materials in their entirety as they provide, among other things, a detailed discussion of ACI's superior proposal and the reasons behind the ACI recommendation that shareholders vote AGAINST the proposed Fundtech transaction.

Republic of Kyrgyzstan Goes for Polycarbonate Driving Licences from Trub

For the deployment of the new generation of driving licences, Kygyzstan has chosen Trub because of its competences with polycarbonate identity documents. As one of the worldwide pioneers with this technology, Trub has gained considerable experience and skills since the launch of the first product in 1995, the Swiss identity card.

The Driving Licence is made of polycarbonate foils which are laminated without the use of adhesives. The document comprises integrated security elements in a variety above-average, amongst them pre-numbering, micro lettering, OVI and an LFI Latent Filter Image.

The documents are personalised with a colour portrait, and are additionally protected from counterfeiting by a holographic foil. Polycarbonate-based identity documents are extremely resistant to mechanical and thermal stress and guarantee a service life of 10 years.

miiCard Closes First Funding Round and Completes MBO

miiCard, the revolutionary digital passport, announced today that it has closed its first funding round and completed a management buyout with James Varga appointed CEO. Raising a total of 550 Thousand-pounds seed funding from VC, angel and public sector sources, the round was significantly oversubscribed and completed within six weeks.

miiCard, which is set to launch in beta before the 2011 Christmas retail season, aims to fight internet fraud and protect the consumer by finally solving the issue of trust online. miiCard allows the individual to prove 'I am who I say I am' and create trust when transacting online.

Investment has been secured from angel syndicate Par Equity, venture capital group IQ Capital and the Scottish Investment Bank's Scottish Seed Fund. miiCard has already generated a huge amount of interest from both financial and commercial sectors and over the coming weeks it expects to make a number of high profile appointments of expert advisors and board members.

The idea behind miiCard is to create trust online in the way that a passport or driving licence does offline, as CEO James Varga explains:

Changing the way we transact online forever by providing a system where proof of identity can be validated entirely online and in real-time, miiCard will make online transactions easier, faster and safer.

HID Launches Next Generation Access Control Readers and Contactless Smart Cards

HID Global today announced the availability of its next generation access control readers and credentials based on the company's new iCLASS SIO technology-enabled (SE) platform. This platform initiates a significant transformation in how secure identity is delivered and managed by introducing technology-independent digital credentials that can be deployed for use on smart phones, microprocessor-based cards, contactless smart cards, USB tokens and related devices.

Based on open standards to support a wide array of smart card technologies, HID new access control platform supports iCLASS, MIFARE DESFire EV1 and other contactless smart card technologies. It extends physical access control beyond traditional cards and readers to enable deployment of mobile access with digital credentials. To accommodate constantly evolving security challenges, iCLASS SE provides users with the ability to dynamically increase security levels via simple firmware updates and efficiently address future changes in requirements as they occur.

Ecebs and iomart Power SmartTtravel in North East England

Ecebs is to take advantage of the skills and experience of Scottish Digital IT Company of the Year iomart Hosting, to supply Tyne and Wear's transport authority, Nexus, with the ability to process thousands of smartcard transactions each day.

Nexus is the first concessionary pass issuing authority in the North East of England to put a Smart processing system in place and will use Ecebs' Paragon HOPS (Host Operator Processing System). The system will be hosted by iomart Hosting and will validate and record passengers' journeys using Smart technology such as cards or phones.

iomart Hosting managing director Sarah Haran said: "iomart Hosting already has significant expertise in helping transport organisations deliver greener and smarter travel to the public so we are delighted to be helping Ecebs with the smartcard project for Nexus.

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