CyberLink to showcase FaceMe® AI Facial Recognition Engine at Global Security Exchange

Los Angeles, California August 27, 2019CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a pioneer of AI and facial recognition technologies, will be showcasing its biometric security solutions powered by FaceMe®, the company’s award-winning facial recognition engine, at Global Security Exchange (GSX). For the first time, CyberLink will unveil FaceMe & U Alerts. U Alerts combined with FaceMe® enables automated notifications to be sent directly to mobile devices or PCs, and notify relevant people that a registered visitor or a person of interest is captured by a camera.

Powered by deep learning algorithms, FaceMe®delivers reliable, high-precision, and real-time facial recognition that is critical to AIoT applications such as smart security, smart city, smart banking and smart home. It yields up to a 99.82% accuracy rate over Labeled Faces in the Wild (LFW) database. In the latest Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) conducted by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), CyberLink has ranked 12th among all participants in FRVT 1:1 (WILD 1E-4), proving that FaceMe® is a world-leading facial recognition engine. FaceMe® offers cross-platform capabilities across Windows, Linux, Android and iOS, for a variety of edge devices and different hardware configurations, such as security systems, retail store cameras, access control, and service robots. 

“FaceMe® enhances security through its advanced technology, providing one of the fastest and most flexible edge-based solutions in the market,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “Using facial recognition in public and private safety, and combining this technology with instant notification tools like U Alerts, can dramatically improve crime prevention and detection.”

Through face detection, recognition and alerts, FaceMe® technology can transform security in a variety of areas such as door control, staff access tracking, people of interest’s identification, loss prevention and behavioral analysis. At GSX 2019 CyberLink will exhibit FaceMe’s solutions for a number of use cases, combining facial recognition, U Alerts for instant notifications, and anti-spoofing technology for highly secure, accurate liveness detection to protect against biometric fraud with 2D and 3D cameras. Implementing FaceMe® with monitoring systems, cameras and access control devices allows companies to track access, traffic, age, emotions and more, dramatically improving overall security.

CyberLink Booth Information at GSX 2019
September 2nd – September 12th
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
Booth: #2394, Level 3 – Exhibit Hall A

For more information about FaceMe®, please visit the official website at www.cyberlink.com/FaceMe

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

Dangerous spambot records French victims’ screens while they are watching sexual content online, ESET uncovers

BRATISLAVA – ESET researchers have uncovered malware-distributing spam campaigns targeting people in France. The malicious payload, named Varenyky by ESET researchers, comes with several dangerous functionalities. Not only can Varenyky be used to send spam, but it can also steal passwords and can spy on its victims’ screens when they watch sexual content online.

The first spike in ESET telemetry for this bot came in May 2019, and after further investigation ESET researchers were able to identify the specific malware used in the spam’s distribution. “We believe the spambot is under intense development as it has changed considerably since the first time we saw it. As always, we recommend that users be careful when opening attachments from unknown sources and ensure system and security software are all up to date,” says Alexis Dorais-Joncas, leading researcher at the ESET R&D center in Montreal.

To first infect their targets, the Varenyky operators use spam with a malicious fake invoice attachment, which lures the victim into “human verification” of the document; after that the spyware executes the malicious payload. Varenyky exclusively targets French-speaking users located in France. The quality of language used to fool the user is very good, hinting that the operators are fluent in French.

After infection, Varenyky executes the Tor software that enables anonymous communication with its Command & Control server. From that point forward, criminal activity goes into full swing. “It will start two threads: one that’s in charge of sending spam and another that can execute commands coming from its Command & Control server on the computer,” says Dorais-Joncas. “One of the most dangerous aspects is that it looks for specific keywords such as bitcoin and porn-related words in the applications running on the victim’s system. If any such words are found, Varenyky starts recording the computer’s screen and then uploads the recording to the C&C server,” he adds.

We have seen fake sextortion campaigns in the past, but this capability could very well lead to real sextortion campaigns. While at the beginning the Varenyky operators didn’t leverage this approach, they have started to embrace it since the end of July. Furthermore, the cybercriminals are relying on bitcoin to monetize their wrong.

“Another noteworthy functionality is that it is able to steal passwords through the deployment of an application that we label as potentially unsafe,” says Dorais-Joncas. Other commands allow the attacker to read text or take screenshots.

The spam emails sent by the bot take the victims to fake smartphone promotions, whose sole purpose is to phish for personal information and credit card details. A single bot can send as many as 1,500 emails per hour. Interestingly, the targets of all the spam runs we observed were all users of Orange S.A., a French internet service provider.

For more details on this research, read “Varenyky: spambot à la Française” on WeLiveSecurity.com and follow ESET research on Twitter. 

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 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.