No More Ransom, a global anti-ransomware initiative, announces ESET as new partner

ESET – a global leader in information security software – has been announced as the latest partner of No More Ransom, an international initiative between Europol, the Dutch National Police and major cybersecurity organizations in the fight against ransomware. The collaborative project helps victims of ransomware attacks recover their personal data and has so far managed to decrypt the infected computers of 72,000 victims worldwide. 


With its 130 partners, the No More Ransom online portal hosts a collection of 59 free decryption tools from multiple security software vendors, covering 91 ransomware families. Users from around the world can access the tools for free in order to recover data held hostage by ransomware attacks. Launched in 2016, No More Ransom decryption tools have so far kept around USD 22 million out of the pockets of cybercriminals. 

ESET has long been helping ransomware victims recover encrypted data, its decryption tools having previously been downloaded over 250,000 times. Now two of these tools will also be available to a wider audience through the free, centralized and user-friendly platform of No More Ransom. 

Ransomware has grown to become one of the largest cyberthreats facing businesses and consumers, and the rise of GandCrab and SamSam in 2018 has shown how the threat continues to grow and adapt. One report recently revealed 40% of all successful malware-based attacks involve ransomware

The No More Ransom project recognizes that the fight against ransomware requires a joint effort, and ESET’s involvement represents its ongoing commitment to partner with law enforcement to fight cybercrime and allow everyone to enjoy safer technology.

ESET has previously collaborated with law enforcement agencies in large takedowns of malicious infrastructure, including the disruption of the Gamarue malware family. This global collaboration between the public and private sectors involved Microsoft, the FBI, Interpol and Europol. ESET also worked with various international organizations to uncover Operation Windigo, a widespread cybercriminal operation that seized control of tens of thousands of Unix servers. And most recently, the company partnered with law enforcement bodies and Google in the disruption of 3ve, a major online ad fraud operation.

ESET’s latest partnership will continue its commitment to collaborating with law enforcement and industry partners to create a safer digital world. Visit No More Ransom’s website for more information about the project, and find out more about ESET at https://www.eset.hk.

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About ESET
For 30 years, ESET® has been developing industry-leading IT security software and services for businesses and consumers worldwide. With solutions ranging from endpoint security to encryption and two-factor authentication, ESET’s high-performing, easy-to-use products give individuals and businesses the peace of mind to enjoy the full potential of their technology. ESET unobtrusively protects and monitors 24/7, updating defenses in real time to keep users safe and businesses running without interruption. Evolving threats require an evolving IT security company. Backed by R&D facilities worldwide, ESET became the first IT security company to earn 100 Virus Bulletin VB100 awards, identifying every single “in-the-wild” malware without interruption since 2003.

CyberLink FaceMe® Provides Altek with Highly Secure 3D Anti-Spoofing Facial Recognition Solution

Taipei, TaiwanJanuary 21, 2019CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a pioneer of AI-enabled facial recognition technologies, today announces the integration of its AI facial recognition engine FaceMe®, into Altek Corp.’s (3059.TW) 3D depth sensing solutions. The integration strives to enhance the anti-spoofing capabilities of smart security systems, enabling them to accurately detect facial images and videos apart from live human faces.

Altek Corp. is an expert in digital camera applications including consumer, autotronic, and medical imaging. Paired with 3D cameras and CyberLink’s FaceMe® AI Facial Recognition engine, Altek’s AL6100 3D depth sensing chip can prevent fraudulent facial images or videos from being incorrectly identified by smart security systems, and deliver reliable, highly-accurate facial biometrics.

“Anti-spoofing is vital for smart security and other AIoT applications. CyberLink’s FaceMe® engine is capable of accurate anti-spoofing by utilizing an array of inputs including 2D & 3D cameras, human head motions, voice, structured light scanners, time-of-flight (ToF) cameras, and other mainstream 3D imaging technologies. This allows FaceMe® to achieve highly accurate human face pairing with faultless anti-spoofing results,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “Through our collaboration with Altek Corp., we hope to implement FaceMe®’s high-accuracy facial recognition technology into 3D camera solutions to deliver safer and more reliable facial recognition capabilities to hardware manufacturers of mobile phones, door access control systems, and a number of other applications.”

Alex Hsia, CEO of Altek Corp., said, “Altek has been researching digital imaging for over 20 years. With the positive AI and 3D trend that is driving strong market demand, Altek has implemented CyberLink’s FaceMe® AI facial recognition engine to 3D depth sensing solutions. This integration helps achieve excellent facial detection functions under any illumination, and also builds up an AI access and security system powered by edge computing, smart visual identification, and more innovative software and hardware services. All together, it provides top level security control for retailers, manufacturers, factories, and homes.”

FaceMe® is one of the world’s top facial recognition engines, powered by deep neural network (DNN) algorithms. Endorsed by the world-renowned MegaFace Challenge, its high precision yields up to a 98.41% true acceptance rate (TAR) with a false acceptance rate (FAR) of less than 10-6 (0.000001). FaceMe® provides excellent cross-platform capabilities that support Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS, and can flexibly integrate into many edge computing devices for customized applications of various services and operating environments.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About CyberLink
Founded in 1996, CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) is the world leader in multimedia software and AI facial recognition technology. CyberLink addresses the demands of consumer, commercial and education markets through a wide range of solutions, covering digital content creation, multimedia playback, video conferencing, live casting, mobile applications and AI facial recognition.  CyberLink has shipped several hundred million copies of its multimedia software and apps, including the award-winning PowerDirector, PhotoDirector, and PowerDVD.  With years of research in the fields of artificial intelligence and facial recognition, CyberLink has developed the FaceMe® Facial Recognition Engine. Powered by deep learning algorithms, FaceMe® delivers the reliable, high-precision, and real-time facial recognition that is critical to AIoT applications such as smart retail, smart security, and surveillance, smart city and smart home. For more information about CyberLink, please visit the official website at www.cyberlink.com

GREYCORTEX JOINS MICROSOFT CYBERSECURITY TECH ACCORD

On January 18, GREYCORTEX joined the Microsoft Cybersecurity Tech Accord along with 10 other companies. This brings the total to 79 signatories committed to improving the security of cyberspace. Together, GREYCORTEX and the rest of the Tech Accord members pledge to protect users and customers everywhere. GREYCORTEX joins a global expansion, contributing to the increasingly diverse reach of the signatory community – further broadening the dialogue around cybersecurity with signatories from Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Slovakia, and the United States, expressing a commitment to a more secure cyberspace. This expansion continues to deepen the group’s expertise, adding to the variety of sectors and technologies that characterize the organization.
“As a company focused on the development of network security solutions, we couldn’t agree more strongly that defense, regardless of the type or goal of the threat, is essential to defend the world from cyberattacks. Moreover, we firmly believe that governments and enterprise should act defensively, and that such defense should be both simple and complete. We are happy to be part of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord,” said Petr Chaloupka, GREYCORTEX CEO.
By joining the agreement, the signatories agree to four key commitments:
a stronger defense against cyberattacks – pledging to protect all customers globally regardless of the motivation for attacks online;

  1. a stronger defense against cyberattacks – pledging to protect all customers globally regardless of the motivation for attacks online;
  2. taking no offense by choosing not to help governments launch cyberattacks against innocent citizens and enterprises and will protect against tampering or exploitation of their products and services through every stage of technology development, design and distribution;
  3. doing more to empower developers and the people and businesses that use their technology, by helping them build and improve capacity for protecting themselves; and
  4. building on existing relationships and taking collective action together to establish new formal and informal partnerships with industry, civil society and security researchers. The goal being to improve technical collaboration, coordinate vulnerability disclosures, share threats and minimize the potential for malicious code to be introduced into cyberspace.

Since forming the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, the signatories have supported initiatives on email and routing security, implemented Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) in their own operations, participated in global requests for comments on the UN’s new High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, and endorsed the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace as an early supporter. Additionally, the group has coordinated with like-minded organizations such as the Global Cyber Alliance, the Internet Society, and the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE).

CyberLink Releases New PerfectCam 2 with the Support of AI-Powered Background Blur for Video Conferencing

Powered by AI and facial recognition technology, PerfectCam 2 offers professionals complete privacy & optimized looks across popular video conferencing services

Taipei, TaiwanJanuary 8, 2019CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), today announced the release of PerfectCam 2, the AI-powered web camera plug-in, designed to provide professionals complete video conferencing privacy via state-of-the-art background blur technology. Combined with lighting enhancements, skin smoothing and instant appearance optimization tools, users can maintain a professional look at all times. PerfectCam is compatible with popular video services such as CyberLink U Meeting, Skype, Google Hangouts and Facebook Live, enabling users to hold video conferences and live casting events with complete privacy while looking their best.

 

Incorporating the latest AI facial recognition technology, PerfectCam can now detect people apart from their background. Background blur keeps any surrounding environment private during video conference calls. It allows professionals and remote workers to feel completely comfortable joining business meetings in an open office, while at home or out in public without the concern of prying eyes.

“With the exponential growth of mobile offices, video conferencing has become an increasingly popular trend in recent years, especially for professionals on business trips, remote workers and digital nomads. We wanted to provide an innovative solution, allowing professionals to hold meetings in complete privacy anytime, anywhere,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “PerfectCam 2 caters to business professionals all around the world, giving them the option to hide their surroundings, eliminate background distractions, and maintain a professional look with our appearance optimization tools.”

Professionals can now ensure a well-lit environment in any condition via adjustable camera settings within the software, making it easy to modify brightness, contrast, and exposure, before or during a video call. Combined with AR-powered appearance optimization and skin smoothing tools, professionals can get ready for impromptu meetings using nine different virtual touch-up presets. Users can also create and save customized touch-up settings to ensure a perfect appearance for every meeting.

For professionals who use different video conferencing apps, PerfectCam 2 can function as a plug-in for any video conferencing and live broadcasting platform that supports webcam as a source video (e.g., Twitch, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, etc.), enabling PerfectCam’s instant touch-up tools and Background Blur technology anytime. Users can also launch four popular video conferencing apps (U, Skype, Skype for Business and Google Hangouts) directly from the PerfectCam’s home screen for added convenience.

 

#AICES Contest
At CES, visitors can stop by the CyberLink booth (#26056 LVCC South Hall 2) to get a free 3-month subscription to PerfectCam 2. By posting their favorite CyberLink AI demo from CES on Instagram, attendees will also be entered to win a 1 year PerfectCam subscription and tablet.

CyberLink PerfectCam 2 Availability
PerfectCam 2 is available for purchase from CyberLink’s online store.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About CyberLink
Founded in 1996, CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) is the world leader in multimedia software and AI facial recognition technology. CyberLink addresses the demands of consumer, commercial and education markets through a wide range of solutions, covering digital content creation, multimedia playback, video conferencing, live casting, mobile applications and AI facial recognition.  CyberLink has shipped several hundred million copies of its multimedia software and apps, including the award-winning PowerDirector, PhotoDirector, and PowerDVD.  With years of research in the fields of artificial intelligence and facial recognition, CyberLink has developed the FaceMe® Facial Recognition Engine. Powered by deep learning algorithms, FaceMe® delivers the reliable, high-precision, and real-time facial recognition that is critical to AIoT applications such as smart retail, smart security, and surveillance, smart city and smart home. For more information about CyberLink, please visit the official website at www.cyberlink.com

CyberLink Introduces Smart AIoT Solutions Powered by FaceMe® AI Facial Recognition Engine at CES 2019

Through cross-platform support and optimization for edge computing, high-performing FaceMe®; provides the all encompassing solution for Smart Retail, Smart Security and Smart Office Applications

Taipei, TaiwanJanuary 7, 2019CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a pioneer of AI and Facial Recognition technologies, will be demonstrating AIoT solutions powered by FaceMe®, its new facial recognition engine, at CES 2019. FaceMe®; provides Smart Retail solutions to analyze store traffic and visitors’ attributions, Smart Security systems with anti-spoofing capabilities, and Smart Office solutions, such as background blur that allows business professionals increased privacy during video conferences. CES 2019 opens from January 8th to 11th in Las Vegas; CyberLink is located at booth #26056 in LVCC Hall South 2.

 

Endorsed by the world-renowned MegaFace Challenge, FaceMe®; is one of the world’s top facial recognition engines, powered by deep learning and neural network algorithms. Its high precision yields up to a 98.41% true acceptance rate (TAR) with a false acceptance rate (FAR) of less than 10-6 (0.000001). FaceMe® provides excellent cross-platform capabilities that support Windows, Linux, Android and iOS for a variety of hardware configurations, such as digital signage, CRM solutions, Kiosks, access and security systems, and personalized robots.

“With more than five years of research and development in AI facial technology, FaceMe® is ranked as the top-class facial recognition solution for multiple AIoT applications,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “To achieve advanced cross-platform integration, FaceMe® is also optimized for edge computing devices, which help hardware providers implement FaceMe® into existing systems for lightning-fast response times and enhanced performance.”

At CES 2019, CyberLink will demonstrate the uses of FaceMe® in Smart Retail, Smart Security and Smart Office scenarios. For Smart Retail, by implementing FaceMe® on digital signage and KIOSKS, stores can track customer traffic and analyze demographics such as gender, age and emotion. The analysis helps enhance the shopping experience and customize promotions in real time.

For Smart Security solutions such as door access controlled by embedded systems, or surveillance cameras connected to VMS (Video Management System), FaceMe® helps hardware developers deploy advanced facial recognition and identification capabilities. FaceMe® is also able to identify certain facial expressions and detect potential identity fraud with depth information produced from a 3D camera.

CyberLink will also be showcasing the recently released PerfectCam 2, the AI-powered camera plug-in, designed for the Smart Office. Professionals will be able to hold online video conferences in complete privacy via state-of-the-art background blur technology. Combined with lighting enhancements, skin smoothing and instant appearance optimization tools, users can maintain a professional look during every video meeting and live casting event.

CyberLink Booth Information at CES 2019
January 8th – 11th, 2019
Las Vegas Convention Center
Booth #26056, Hall South 2

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About CyberLink
Founded in 1996, CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) is the world leader in multimedia software and AI facial recognition technology. CyberLink addresses the demands of consumer, commercial and education markets through a wide range of solutions, covering digital content creation, multimedia playback, video conferencing, live casting, mobile applications and AI facial recognition.  CyberLink has shipped several hundred million copies of its multimedia software and apps, including the award-winning PowerDirector, PhotoDirector, and PowerDVD.  With years of research in the fields of artificial intelligence and facial recognition, CyberLink has developed the FaceMe® Facial Recognition Engine. Powered by deep learning algorithms, FaceMe® delivers the reliable, high-precision, and real-time facial recognition that is critical to AIoT applications such as smart retail, smart security, and surveillance, smart city and smart home. For more information about CyberLink, please visit the official website at www.cyberlink.com

CyberLink Provides Best-in-Class Video Editing Software to Global News Agency AFP with PowerDirector

CyberLink’s Award-Winning Video Editing Software PowerDirector Streamlines AFP’s Production Workflow

Taipei, Taiwan — January 3, 2019 — CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), the world’s leading multimedia software company, today announced a new partnership with global news agency AFP, equipping the company’s journalists with the award-winning video editing software PowerDirector. Available on Android smartphones as an app and Windows computers, CyberLink’s PowerDirector reinforces the media company’s video production workflow by enabling journalists across the globe to seamlessly capture, edit, compress and transmit video content quickly to any AFP video desk for publication.

As a global media company with reporters covering breaking news events all over the world, AFP journalists need reliable and easy-to-use tools to aptly capture and describe the events they’re covering. With PowerDirector mobile app, not only will AFP journalists be empowered to quickly capture and edit video content in the middle of major news events as they’re unfolding in real-time, but they’ll reliably be able to compress and transmit files with minimum loss in quality.

In the case of special coverage, for example a natural disaster, the first AFP journalist who arrives at the scene can easily film, edit and send exclusive footage of the event to an AFP video editing desk for publication, simply using an Android smartphone, even if they don’t have a background in video production.

“In media, there is constant pressure to be first and accurate, and when reporting on breaking news, where conditions can be tough, the last thing any journalist needs is a tech hiccup that prevents them from doing their job.” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO, CyberLink. “AFP journalists are among the best in the world, and we’re humbled by the opportunity to provide them with a video editing solution that’s perfectly adapted to their needs.”

“We have journalists all over the world, and at times the locations they’re reporting from aren’t the easiest to navigate as we cover everything from wars and conflicts to sports and entertainment. Even with little cell service or weak Wi-Fi, PowerDirector has proven itself capable of compressing and transmitting video and photo content fast—allowing us to quickly distribute and broadcast the first important videos of an event quickly,” said Laurent Kalfala, journalist and innovation project chief, AFP.

PowerDirector is a video editing software and mobile app developed by CyberLink, which gives journalists the power to create amazing, engaging videos on-the-go. PowerDirector enables the trimming, joining, and overlaying of clips and effects, in all key formats, including new standards such as H.265 and 360-degree video.

Click to view the demonstrating videos below:
PowerDirector for Windows: https://youtu.be/jxDl_ZSXxa0
PowerDirector for Android: https://youtu.be/A6chA2vQpO0

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About CyberLink
Founded in 1996, CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) is the world leader in multimedia software and AI facial recognition technology. CyberLink addresses the demands of consumer, commercial and education markets through a wide range of solutions, covering digital content creation, multimedia playback, video conferencing, live casting, mobile applications and AI facial recognition.  CyberLink has shipped several hundred million copies of its multimedia software and apps, including the award-winning PowerDirector, PhotoDirector, and PowerDVD.  With years of research in the fields of artificial intelligence and facial recognition, CyberLink has developed the FaceMe® Facial Recognition Engine. Powered by deep learning algorithms, FaceMe® delivers the reliable, high-precision, and real-time facial recognition that is critical to AIoT applications such as smart retail, smart security, and surveillance, smart city and smart home. For more information about CyberLink, please visit the official website at www.cyberlink.com