Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Joint Police and Industry Action Brings Down Card Sharing Pirate

AEPOC, the European Association for the Protection of Encrypted Works and Services, welcomes the successful police operation against a large scale pay-TV pirate in Cyprus. The investigation was initiated by AEPOC members and its partners - BFBS, BSkyB, Nova and Irdeto supported the undercover action during past months and assisted the police in a raid with a team of specialists: On June 14th a 49-year-old Cypriot man was arrested for illegally providing subscriptions to the pay-TV offerings of BFBS, BSkyB and Nova. The accused has already admitted the charges. The police are still seeking a second suspect. Servers, computers and associated equipment have been seized to undergo a forensic examination.

The pirate is accused of having provided illegal pay-TV subscriptions to nearly 1,400 clients in Cyprus and across Europe - at least within the timeframe October 2010 to May 2011 earning a minimum of some Euros 100,000 according to first findings. For giving illicit access to the pay-TV channels the man and the second suspect established a network of five servers which distributed the required access codes from single, legitimate but abused smart cards to the clients' equipment. This case represents one of the largest incidents of commercial pay-TV piracy based on "card sharing", given the harmful potential of five robust servers - and is the biggest case for Cyprus.

Michael Barley, AEPOC's Vice President, said: "Every pirate activity leaves a trace, be it IP-addresses, websites to sell illegal offerings or even payment receipts issued to clients of an illicit card sharing network as in the Cypriot case. AEPOC and its members are committed to follow each incident and bring down pirates. "

UK Post Office to Become Contactless in 2012

The Post Office Ltd. in the UK will deploy new point-of-sale (PoS) terminals accepting contactless payment cards beginning 2012. According to Michael Birchall, payment product manager for the UK Post Office, there will be 30,000 to 35,000 contactless terminals installed by October 2012 in all its 12,000 branches. The UK Post Office also plans to issue a contactless general-purpose prepaid card, although the decision is not yet final.

The rollout of the contactless payment solutions will probably make the Post Office the largest merchant in the United Kingdom accepting contactless payment in terms of locations, leaving behind the Transport for London.

Birchall said: "the faster transactions that contactless technology offers would cut queues in branches. As far as speed, someone doing a tap to buy postage is faster than handing over a 10-pound note or a chip-and-PIN transaction".

Currently, there are about 60,000 contactless POS terminals installed at merchant locations throughout the UK and 15 million contactless bank cards on issue.

Verizon iPhone Overtakes Google Android in USA

Market intelligence firm IDC reported, Google's Android OS smartphone operating system shares fell from 52.4 percent at the end of last year to 49.5 percent by March this year. According to Charlie Wolf of analyst firm Needham & Co, "In our opinion, this is just the beginning of Android's share loss in the US. The migration of subscribers to the iPhone on the Verizon network should accelerate this fall when Apple coordinates the launch of iPhone 5".

According to industry experts, the statement made by Charlie Wolf is strong enough considering the meteoric growth that Google's mobile platform has experienced over much of the past two years.

During the end of last year to March 2011, Apple's iPhone increased its US share from 17.2 percent to 29.5 percent. However, RIM's BlackBerry smartphone shares dropped from 37.8 percent to just 13.8 percent in March, this year.

VeriFone's Next-Gen Contactless POS Solutions for the UK and Ireland

VeriFone's next generation VX Evolution contactless payment solutions will be introduced in the UK and Ireland. Integral is the first vendor to gain accreditation for the latest range of mobile and countertop POS systems in these two countries. Initial merchant deployments are using the VX 680 contactless payment model, which includes a 3.5 inch full colour touch screen.

The VeriFone VX Evolution solutions support the recent PCI standards such as PCI PTS 3.0 and smartphone protocols for reading contactless enabled cards and NFC-based smartphones. VeriFone has already issued contactless readers, and now the company is working on to utilise the NFC enabled smartphones to pay for goods totalling less than 15-pounds, or enter a PIN number on the handset for higher value payments.

Eric Cooney, Head of Marketing at Integral said: "We're still in the pilot stage, assessing performance in the field and taking customer feedback before rolling out to more merchants. Initial feedback is very positive. Being the first with this new technology means we are ahead of the trend as I firmly believe within a short time many smartphones from major vendors will be NFC capable and this will drive NFC forward as a standard payment method".

Cardtronics to buy EDC's ATM for $145 Million

ATM operator Cardtronics Inc. is on the verge of buying the EDC ATM, a subsidiary of EDC Holding Co. for $145 million. Through this ATM deal, Cardtronics wants to expand its presence in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

The company will acquire all ownership interests in Walnut Creek, the California-based EDC ATM, including 3,700 ATMs, placement agreements with U.S. retailers and ATM branding contracts. The deal is expected to complete in the third quarter of 2011. Cardtronics will also have ATM branding relationships with 8 of the 15 largest U.S. banks by assets.

Cryptomathic Joins OASIS

Cryptomathic has joined the membership of OASIS (Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), in a move which demonstrates the company's dedication to help shape the future of the key management system (KMS) market.

KMS expert Cryptomathic, is one of the world's leading providers of security solutions to businesses across a wide range of industry sectors including finance, smart card, digital rights management and government. It has joined OASIS as a Contributor and will participate in the Key Management Interoperability Protocol Technical Committee to assist in its work to advance a single, comprehensive protocol for communication between encryption systems and a broad range of new and legacy enterprise applications. This includes email, databases and storage devices.

Cryptomathic KMS is a fully automated life cycle key management system. It was launched in 2007 and offers an immediate return on investment by removing the need to have key custodians present to manually install and regularly manage the lifecycle of keys on devices. It enables instructions to be issued individually to system operators, allowing them to control their keys independently online, working from their own desks, seamlessly and securely 'pushing' keys into the correct location. The simple and uncomplicated process reduces human error while enabling keys to be updated more frequently without additional costs to a financial institute or its customers.

"OASIS is pleased to welcome Cryptomathic as the newest member of our KMIP Technical Committee, said Laurent Liscia, Executive Director of OASIS. "We applaud Cryptomathic's commitment to open standards and its dedication to assuring interoperability in the key management space. We look forward to the contributions Cryptomathic will bring to the KMIP Committee as the group advances its work."

Gemalto and Orange Group Rollout Poland's Largest Mobile Contactless Program

Gemalto announces that PTK Centertel, an Orange group affiliate, is deploying the largest NFC program in Poland, with a commercial offer targeting several thousand users. This new initiative reinforces Gemalto's active role in Orange Group's NFC expansion strategy with deployments already in the UK, France and now Poland.

The program, which is the first commercial NFC pilot in the country, brings PTK Centertel's customers the convenience of using their mobile phone to securely pay for goods and services at a wave of their handset. Consumers will benefit from Poland's well established contactless infrastructure of approximately 35,000 acceptance points, notably in fast food restaurants, cinemas, supermarkets and numerous retailers.

Gemalto provided an end-to-end solution that includes NFC software and user interface applications securely embedded on an NFC SIM, and the Trusted Service Management (TSM) services. PTK Centertel and its partnering bank have entrusted Gemalto with the operation of the TSM platform, to securely personalize and manage the payment application in the device over the air.

Lumension Joins Sophos to Offer Full Disk Encryption

Lumension, a global leader in endpoint management and security, has announced its partnership with Sophos, a global IT security and data protection company, to offer full disk encryption capabilities in the form of modular add-on offering on the Lumension Endpoint Management and Security Suite (L.E.M.S.S.).

As a result of this partnership, Lumension will now offer a full endpoint PC data protection solution that includes full disk and device encryption as well as removable media data egress policies. The modular add-on in L.E.M.S.S. will offer other best-in-class encryption capabilities including patch management, configuration management, power management, device control, antivirus, application control and asset management.

"When it comes to security and protecting confidential data, businesses are finding themselves playing a relentless game of offence and defence," said vice president of global strategic alliances and OEM Michael Rogers, Sophos.

Rich Hlavka, senior vice president of business development, Lumension said: "By partnering with Sophos to extend our data protection capabilities, we are providing IT security professionals with the assurance that they are completely compliant and that their customers' sensitive information is more secure".

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