Thursday, 19 May 2011

Google Fixing Android Security Flaws after Shocking Revelation

World's biggest search giant Google has started fixing all kinds of security flaws in its Android smartphones after a shocking finding by the University of Ulm (in Germany) scientists that revealed nearly every smartphone (about 99.7 percent) running the Google Android platform today is readily vulnerable to data snoops and cyber thieves.

Simply using ordinary unencrypted Wi-Fi networks, anyone can pick up sensitive information from Android phones. By eavesdropping on data sent to the Google Calendar, Contacts and Picasa apps, hackers can easily steal login credentials and gain full access to user accounts.

Further, the German researchers found that Android-based handsets up to version 2.3.3 receive Authentication Tokens in its unencrypted form (except token for Gmail which is encrypted), making the tokens just plain text files for anyone to read at any time.

Security flaws have been fixed in all Gingerbread Android 2.3.4 phones, as Google reports. Since yesterday, the search giant has started rolling out a server-side patch that addresses the issue for all versions of the Android OS. The update is global and automatic, requiring no software update on the user end. Google expects the rollout to be completed and affecting all devices worldwide within the week.

BCR Zambet Card, World's Second Dual-Purpose Card

BCR Zambet card is a contactless card introduced in the Bucharest transport system. The card can be used for paying fares in city transport as well as can be used as a contactless debit card in banks. When used in banks, the card does not need to be recharged, as it automatically draws money from the client's account.

Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR Romanian Commercial Bank) and Regia Autonoma de Transport Bucuresti (RATB, Bucharest Autonomous Transportation Administration) have jointly launched the BCR Zambet card.

Oana Petrescu, BCR vice-president confirmed, "After London, Bucharest is the second city in the world to have a card that can be used both as a banking instrument and a means of payment for public transport facilities. It is a payment instrument that makes the life of Bucharesters easier and which puts Bucharest in line with London, Hong Kong and Singapore, among the most modern and innovative cities of the world".

Gemalto's Double Treat at LTE World Summit 2011

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, has won two Informa LTE Awards in the "Best contribution to LTE standards" and "Best enabling technology" categories at the LTE World Summit 2011. The awards recognise Gemalto's innovation capacity in a range of complete LTE solutions.

Gemalto's solutions include the LTE Full-IP Over-the-Air platform for instant subscription activation and the LTE Universal Integrated Circuit Cards (UICC) for secure user authentication to 4G networks and access to IP-based multimedia services.

Gemalto has done a number of high-profile commercial LTE deployments, notably with NTT Docomo in Japan, Metro PCS and Verizon Wireless U.S.

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Smartmatic Signs US $370 Million Deal for Colombia Bus Rapid Transit

Joint-venture partners - Smartmatic and Dataprom, has entered an agreement with the Colombia Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to implement and operate an automated fare collection and fleet management system for the new Integrated Mass Transportation System. The US $370 Million contract is targeted for a service life span of the next 18 years.

Smartmatic will supply financial, technology and management services to the transit authority Transcaribe which will include the city of Cartagena and surrounding municipalities. The task includes a fare collection system based on the latest and most secure smart card payment technologies, a real-time fleet management and control system for public transportation buses, a passenger information system, and fare card vending machines, with access locations for the convenience of passengers. The system will start operating in 2012.

Brazil-based Dataprom, a specialist in advanced transportation system, has been chosen by BRT after its successful implementation of a world-class transit system in the Brazilian city of Curitiba. Colombia Bus Rapid Transit authority believes, the partnership between Smartmatic and Dataprom will result in a first-class automated transport system in the region.

428 Million Mobile Communication Devices Sold Worldwide in First Quarter 2011

An estimated 427.8 million mobile communication devices is sold in the first quarter of 2011 that resulted in an increase of 19 percent from the first quarter of 2010, according to Gartner, Inc. Apple, Samsung and HTC reported strongest results in an increasingly smartphone-dominated market.

Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner found, "Smartphones accounted for 23.6 percent of overall sales in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 85 percent year-on-year".

Nokia sold 107.6 million mobile devices in the first quarter of 2011. Nokia is supposed to face challenges from Android competitors and from some Japan-induced supply constraints.

Samsung sold 69 million, while LG sold 24 million mobile devices in the first quarter of 2011. Apple sold 18.6 million units to end users worldwide, more than doubling its sales of iPhones year-on-year.

HTC recorded a very strong first quarter with 9.3 million mobile communication devices sold and moved to the 7th position. Strong high-end products helped HTC perform well with all major US CSPs, and in the first quarter of 2011 it became the number 2 smartphone manufacturer in the region, overtaking Research In Motion.

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Thales payShield 9000 HSM is Best Secure Transaction Solution according to SC Magazine

Thales, leader in information systems and communications security, announced that SC Magazine has selected it payShield 9000 Hardware Security Module (HSM) as the Best Secure Transaction Solution in 2011. Every year, SC Magazine awards vendors on the basis of innovative security technology delivery in the European region.

Thales's payShield 9000 features world-leading cryptographic performance and resiliency. Designed specifically to secure card payment systems, Thales's next generation HSM for payment security systems is a high-performance tamper-resistant security platform that protects cryptographic keys and other sensitive information such as customer PINs and cardholder data.

"Growing transaction volumes, an increase in the amount of data that needs to be protected with the introduction of PCI DSS, and a move from static to dynamic authentication (SDA to DDA) EMV cards require a huge increase in cryptographic processing power, resulting in a massive change in the need for payments card HSMs," says Franck Greverie, Thales vice president in charge of information technology security activities.

payShield 9000 is the first payment HSM to meet the resilience needs of modern data centres with dual power supplies. Its superior cryptographic processing at 1500 transactions per second (TPS) satisfies the ever increasing demand for performance, and its software packages are configured specifically for card issuers or transaction processors meaning they can purchase exactly what they require.

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