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ESET investigates Grandoreiro, a trojan exploiting the coronavirus pandemic

BRATISLAVA, PRAGUE – As part of an ongoing series on Latin American banking trojans, ESET researchers take an in-depth look at Grandoreiro. This trojan targets users especially in Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Peru. Distributed almost exclusively through email spam, it has lately started to utilize fake websites capitalizing on the global coronavirus pandemic. Grandoreiro reveals a persistent effort from its authors to evade detection. Although ESET has seen Grandoreiro primarily distributed through spam, where the authors usually utilize a fake Java or Flash update, recently we have observed a shift to COVID19 related scams. The trojan was hiding in videos on fake websites promising information about the coronavirus. However, instead of playing, clicking the video leads to the download of a payload on visitors’ devices.Grandoreiro has been active since at least 2017 in Brazil and Peru, expanding to Mexico and Spain in 2019. As with other Latin American banking trojans in this series, Grandoreiro attacks its victims by displaying fake pop-up windows as a ploy to get them to divulge sensitive information.

The backdoor functionality of Grandoreiro includes manipulating windows; updating itself; capturing keystrokes; simulating mouse and keyboard actions; navigating browsers to chosen URLs; signing out and restarting machines; and blocking access to websites. Grandoreiro collects various information about affected machines and, in some versions, it also steals credentials stored in Google Chrome as well as data stored in Microsoft Outlook browsers.“For a Latin American banking trojan, Grandoreiro utilizes a surprisingly large number of tricks to evade detection and emulation. That includes many techniques to detect or even disable banking protection software,” says ESET researcher Robert Šuman, leading the team analyzing Grandoreiro. “They seem to be developing the banking trojan very rapidly. Almost every new version we see introduces some changes. We also suspect they are developing at least two variants simultaneously. Interestingly, from a technical point of view, they also utilize a very specific application of the binary padding technique that makes it hard to get rid of the padding while keeping a valid file,” adds Šuman.Unlike the majority of Latin American banking trojans, Grandoreiro utilizes quite small distribution chains. For different campaigns, it may choose a different type of downloader. These downloaders are often stored on well-known public online sharing services such as GitHub, Dropbox, Pastebin, 4shared or 4Sync.

For more technical details about Grandoreiro, read the blogpost “Grandoreiro: How engorged can an EXE get?” on WeLiveSecurity.com. Make sure to follow ESET research on Twitter for the latest news from ESET Research.

 

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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.

ESET Science Award launches its second annual edition

Bratislava – At a time when the world is relying on scientists and science to help with the coronavirus pandemic, ESET Science Award is launching its second annual recognition contest. Its aim is to recognize outstanding scientists working in Slovakia and introduce them to the public, as well as to showcase the essential role that science plays in society. The international jury will once again be chaired by a Nobel Prize winner this year.

In 2019, ESET Science Award launched its second annual edition to recognize exceptional scientists and academics working in Slovakia. Laureates of the first award include chemist Ján Tkáč, molecular biologist Ľubomíra Tóthová, and bioinformatics scientist Tomáš Vinař.

One of the objectives of the ESET Science Award is to highlight the important role of science and scientists within society. “Today more than ever we, as a society, recognize that scientific knowledge can save thousands of lives and help us make better decisions,” says Richard Marko, CEO of ESET. “Results of a survey conducted before the launch of this year’s award show that as much as 86 percent of respondents agree that Slovakia needs stronger support for science and research. We believe that by recognizing outstanding personalities in science, we will be able to increase the public’s interest in the field, thus increasing the state’s support for it.”

The jury that decides on the laureates consists of world-renowned and respected representatives of science disciplines from around the world. The jury assesses the short-listed scientists in terms of the quality of their scientific work and research and how these overlap with society, with an emphasis on international standards. A complex evaluation process includes both quantitative and qualitative criteria, taking into account the analysis of professional work and its benefits for society, communication, and scientific ethics and integrity.

This year, a top-level evaluation process is to be overseen by an international jury chairman who is a Nobel Prize winner. As the award organizer, the ESET Foundation is hopeful that, despite the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, it will be able to secure the chairman’s participation in person. “Accepting the award from a Nobel Prize winner has been an exceptional moment in my scientific career. Despite the laureates being decided by a high-quality international scientific jury, I am pleased that this award comes not only from scientific circles but also from the wider community. It symbolizes that society is slowly starting to recognize the role of science in people’s everyday lives,” says Jan Tkáč, the 2019 laureate in the main category, Outstanding Individual Contributor to Slovak Science.

Scientists, researchers, and academics working in Slovakia have until May 28, 2020, to submit an application for the ESET Science Award via the esetscienceaward.sk website. Like last year, this year’s award is to be split into three categories – Outstanding Individual Contributor to Slovak Science, Exceptional Young Scientist in Slovakia under the Age of 35, and Outstanding Academic. The award covers four scientific areas: natural sciences, medical and pharmaceutical sciences, technical sciences, and agricultural sciences. An award ceremony to announce the laureates is planned for October 14, 2020, subject to change based on the coronavirus pandemic situation. For more information, visit www.esetscienceaward.sk.

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.

GREYCORTEX CTO ON SECURING THE HOME-OFFICE NETWORK

The emergency provisions related to COVID-19 have been active for some time and more and more companies are allowing their employees to work from home. We asked Our Chief Technology Officer Vladimír Sedláček, a seasoned administrator of ICT, corporate systems, cybersecurity, and experienced developer, about his opinion on current affairs.

The Coronavirus pandemic impact is discussed everywhere, but few people seem to realize that despite all the physical risks, digital issues still present a significant problem. How do you see the current situation, and what do you consider to be the biggest risk in terms of virtual infections, and their possible outcome for companies?

It would be naive to assume that the global crisis would lead to a drop in cyberattacks or will result in a ceasefire. On the contrary. In nature, each weakened individual becomes prey. Regardless of any previous “ceasefire declarations”, we see an increase in the number of attacks and targeted at the SARS-NCov-2 situation. Obviously, we can expect contacts from faux health inspectors and money collectors. Even my inbox has received several phishing emails offering nano-silver infused masks. In addition to attacking the weakest part of cybersecurity – the user – we also see an increase in scanning; looking for vulnerable computers and security holes in firewalls or hastily constructed VPNs and remote desktop gateways. In the end, all of this contributes to latent disclosure of company secrets, production, and patent documentation, or personal data. Infiltration by extortion malware also becomes a threat and can mean a total production halt, as seen both last year and recently in some hospitals in the Czech Republic.

What do you see as the most common errors from employers and top management regarding data exposure; and how does the risk increase with massive deployments of quarantine provisions where most employees work from home?

Right now, the risk is increased by companies laying off contractors, often those working on infrastructure, promoting rotating furloughs, and allowing their administrators to work from home. This can cause a delay in necessary security patching and increased response time. Also, ad hoc suspension of certain user accounts can leave the access ripe for unauthorized access restores later. Last, but not least, some companies have allowed their employees to work from home using their home computers. VPN has thus become a gateway for free access directly into company networks, and to internal company systems, all thanks to home devices with uncertain security postures, possibly outdated operating systems, obsolete software, or a load of games full of spyware. These systems are being used by home-bound users surfing the web with local superuser rights. It is very similar to allowing the usage of personal devices (BYOD) and letting them directly connect into internal, as opposed to guest networks. A lot of companies do not, however, tackle the situation accordingly, and have not familiarized their employees with relevant security policies. Without in-depth employee training and without respecting the basic rules of cyber hygiene, internal data can leave the control of responsible people working with it. What has not received much attention so far is the risk of company device theft in conjunction with wiping such devices clean. Partly due to the fact that the employees “stay home” and are convinced that they have good visibility over their physical environment. However, thefts will happen, and the security angle will need to be tackled. I cannot understand why so few administrators allow internal networks to stay open, and who pay attention to their internal network traffic with only commonly used tools for network monitoring. Same tools that are deployed normally are themselves a potential attack target.

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About GREYCORTEX
GREYCORTEX uses advanced artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data mining methods to help organizations make their IT operations secure and reliable.

MENDEL, GREYCORTEX’s network traffic analysis solution, helps corporations, governments, and the critical infrastructure sector protect their futures by detecting cyber threats to sensitive data, networks, trade secrets, and reputations, which other network security products miss.

MENDEL is based on 10 years of extensive academic research and is designed using the same technology which was successful in four US-based NIST Challenges.

CyberLink FaceMe® Enables Facial Recognition on NEC’s All-in-One Personal Computers

Taipei, Taiwan — April 23, 2020 — CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a pioneer in AI and facial recognition technologies, announced integration of its FaceMe® AI engine by NEC Personal Computer on NEC LAVIE Home All-in-one PCs, enabling new features powered by facial recognition on the “LAVIE AI Assistant” software – such as a PC being able to recognize the face of each family member with FaceMe® and launch personalized interfaces, enhancing the overall user experience in a multi-user scenario.

LAVIE Home All-in-one, which comes with a 10th generation Intel® Core™ processor, is now available in the Japanese market. With the native “LAVIE AI Assistant” software, individual users can register their face and set up shortcuts to their frequently used software. At startup, users can simply sign-in using their face and immediately launch their own favorite “Hey LAVIE” applications.

“Facial recognition is one of the fastest growing technologies, and FaceMe® is one of the world’s leading solutions. Just like in many other IoT and AIoT applications, facial recognition holds limitless potential to enhance the overall user experience on consumer devices,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “CyberLink and NEC Personal Computer have been partners for years, providing the company with a number of multimedia software products. By integrating FaceMe®, users owning NEC’s LAVIE Home All-in-one PCs can now access an enhanced, convenient and secure experience due to the innovation unlocked through our facial recognition expertise.”

FaceMe’s® edge-based architecture delivers powerful, efficient, flexible and highly secure facial recognition solutions. It supports more than 10 operating systems, including Windows, Android, iOS, and several Linux distributions such as Ubuntu x86, Ubuntu ARM, RedHat, CentOS, Yocto, Debian and JetPack. FaceMe® can run on low-power CPUs to enable facial recognition on cost-effective IoT/AIoT devices, as well as high-end servers, workstations and GPU-equipped personal computers to provide high yet efficient performance. FaceMe’s® unique characteristics make it the leading facial recognition engine available in the market today.

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

ESET researchers disrupt cryptomining botnet VictoryGate

BRATISLAVA, BUENOS AIRES – ESET researchers have recently discovered a previously undocumented botnet named VictoryGate. It has been active since at least May 2019, and is composed mainly of devices in Peru, where over 90% of the infected devices are located. The main activity of the botnet is mining Monero cryptocurrency. The victims include organizations in both public and private sectors, including financial institutions. Thanks to data obtained during this research and shared with the nonprofit Shadowserver Foundation, at least a portion of the botnet operation has been disrupted.

ESET researchers have been “sinkholing” several domain names that control the botnet’s actions, replacing them with machines that do not send the botnet’s slave computers the commands they expect, but simply monitor botnet activity. Based on this data and ESET telemetry, ESET estimates that at least 35,000 devices became infected with VictoryGate at one point or another during this campaign.

The only infection vector used for spreading VictoryGate is via removable devices. “The victim receives a USB drive that at some point was connected to an infected machine. It seemingly has all the files with the same names and icons that it contained before being infected. Because of this, the content will look almost identical at first glance. However, all the original files were replaced by a copy of the malware,” says ESET researcher Alan Warburton, who investigated the botnet. “When an unsuspecting user attempts to open one of these files, the script will open both the file that was intended and the malicious payload.”

Warburton also warns about the impact on victims’ machines: “There is very high resource usage by the botnet, resulting in a constant 90% to 99% CPU load. This slows down the device and can cause overheating and possible damage.”

According to ESET research, VictoryGate has made a much greater effort to avoid detection than in previous, similar campaigns observed in the Latam region. And, given the fact that the botmaster can update functionality of the payloads that are downloaded and executed on the infected devices from cryptomining to any other malicious activities at any given time, this poses a considerable risk. This is particularly true since many of the victims identified were in either the public sector or in financial institutions.

If you suspect your device may have been infected with this malware, you can use our free ESET Online Scanner to clean your machine. The first-stage module is detected by ESET security products as MSIL/VictoryGate.

The peak number of unique IP addresses connecting to the botnet command and control server per day.

For more technical details about the VictoryGate botnet, read the blogpost Following ESET’s discovery, a Monero mining botnet is disrupted on WeLiveSecurity. Make sure to follow ESET research on Twitter for the latest news from ESET Research.

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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.

VEGAS Pro 16 released – More power, more speed, more creative freedom

A high-performance video engine, intelligent workflow enhancements, and powerful, state-of-the-art editing features solidify VEGAS Pro as a cutting-edge tool for the professional market.

08/27/18 VEGAS Creative Software delivers next-generation video editing with the release of VEGAS Pro 16. With a high-performance video engine, intelligent workflow enhancements, and long-awaited, state-of-the-art editing features, the fastest video editor on the market is now packed with more power, speed, and innovation.

VEGAS Pro 16 delivers the groundbreaking improvements to solidify the software’s well-earned reputation as the leader for professional video creation. It now includes professional-level Video Stabilization so that even the shakiest camera footage can be salvaged with ease, and cutting-edge Motion Tracking so that any object on screen can be tracked and edited with a range of options and filters and effects can be added to tracked objects for color grading, blurring, pixelization, and more. Powerful Dynamic Storyboarding features enable the creation and organization of rough cuts and alternate sequences with a speed unrivaled by any other video editor. Multiple Storyboards allow for easy experimentation with different video cuts, allowing users to quickly switch between alternate project edits to compare and create. VEGAS Pro 16 now offers an end-to-end workflow for High Dynamic Range color (HDR) so it is compatible with professional HDR-capable cameras, monitors, and other hardware. Now VEGAS Pro users can deliver HDR content with stunning color and detail along with important metadata. Full 360° video support has been introduced so 360º video productions can be edited to meet the growing demands of the emerging VR market.

With these headline additions, plus a wide array of other new features (see below) VEGAS Pro 16 is now, more than ever before, the logical choice for fast, intuitive, and creative, professional-level video productions.

Gary Rebholz, Product Owner for VEGAS Pro says: “VEGAS Pro has always been the fastest way to create professional videos, but with version 16 we’ve once again set the bar for professional video and audio production. With innovative features and efficient workflow additions, including several important tools and options the VEGAS Pro community has been waiting for, we’ve taken the next critical step in building the new-generation video editor. The fastest video editor on the planet just got even faster!”

VEGAS Pro 16: major new features in detail

Motion Tracking

VEGAS Pro 16 features a powerful, native motion tracking tool that enables the user to track the movement of an object through the video frame and edit it with a range of options. For the first time ever, this allows VEGAS users to apply spot color grading, pixelization, or isolated color grading and correction to moving objects. Also, it is possible to “pin” titles to the tracked object so that text automatically follows movement. The new motion tracking opens a variety of exciting possibilities for projects, especially in combination with the Bézier Masking tools, filters, and effects.

Video Stabilization

The world-class video stabilization engine has been designed from the ground up with the latest technology. This results in faster, more efficient, and more accurate stabilization than in previous versions of VEGAS, even with 4K media. The redesigned video stabilization is an essential tool for modern handheld production techniques and offers speed, simplicity, and a nondestructive workflow with flexible settings to achieve precise results. It’s also been designed to take advantage of newer multicore processors, so owners of high-powered, modern PCs can enjoy speed and precision.

Dynamic Storyboarding

This powerful tool speeds up the cutting process and fosters creativity. Dynamic Storyboarding can be used to easily assemble rough cuts and alternate sequences so multiple ideas can be compared quickly. Thanks to the interconnected storyboard and timeline, any edits made on the main storyboard are directly reflected in the project timeline, while multiple additional storyboards allow for experimental edits and cuts.

Additional Workflow Enhancements

The further improved Hover Scrub feature makes it incredibly easy to locate specific video frames using a mouse with a thumbnail of the project in the Media Window. Project Media thumbnails can now be adjusted in size, enabling finer Hover Scrubbing and more accurate location of specific video frames. Users can now drag a bin to the timeline, including all of the media in storyboard bins, in order to add video events into the project timeline simultaneously rather than having to add files individually.

Full HDR Support

With High Dynamic Range (HDR) support, users can now take advantage of the latest advances in color technology to deliver amazing HDR quality including ultra-realistic video with stunning colors, richly textured blacks, and even the detail in bright spots that may have been blown out before. All aspects of the HDR workflow are covered including import, real-time HDR preview, HDR-aware video scopes, render to HDR with metadata, and even integrated, one-click HDR publishing directly to YouTube. It is now possible to complete a project from start to finish in full HDR with VEGAS Pro 16.

Complete 360° Compatibility

VEGAS Pro 16 includes support to meet the growing demands of the 360º video market. It includes templates for many of the most popular cameras such as the Samsung Gear 360, LG 360° cam, and Ricoh Theta. Users have the option to match their project properties to their 360º footage. VEGAS Pro 16 can stitch together dual-fisheye video and import 360° video stitched by cameras or other software. The workflow allows you to render 360º video files including Scene Rotation or the Tiny Planet effect.

Comprehensive file backup options

VEGAS Pro 16 offers the flexibility of multiple options when it comes to backing up projects, so if a user is working on a complex project, or one that is pushing the very limits of their PC, they can enjoy complete peace of mind. Users can back their work up after a set time which can be determined in minutes and hours, as well as daily backups. Projects can be saved and backed up automatically after every edit. All backups can be saved to the same folder as the project file, a temporary location, or any user-defined location.

Four ways to enjoy VEGAS Pro 16

VEGAS Pro 16 is available in four versions. VEGAS Pro 16 Edit is the base option, but still offers the complete VEGAS Pro feature set including all the new features such as Motion Tracking, Video Stabalization, and HDR Support. VEGAS Pro 16 is the standard version with additional software including Boris FX Continuum Lights Unit plug-in (a $195 value) for incredible lighting effects, proDAD VitaScene V3 LE (a $199 value) with 100 video effects, and VEGAS DVD Architect for professional DVD and Blu-ray authoring. VEGAS Pro 16 Suite is the ultimate video-editing package with all the new features and professional extras including the FXhome HitFilm Ignite Pro (a $200 value) bundle’s 180 plug-ins, the proDAD VitaScene V3 PRO (a $599 value) package of around 700 effects, and the Boris FX Sapphire Lighting Unit (a $595 value) set of spectacular natural and synthetic lighting effects. With VEGAS Pro 365, users get all the power and functionality of the regular VEGAS Pro 16, but enjoy future updates immediately upon release, full support, plus the VEGAS Pro 365 exclusive plug-in FXhome HitFilm Ignite 360 Toolkit (a $49.99 value) all for a low monthly fee.

VEGAS Pro 16 is now available online and in stores worldwide. Learn more at https://vegascreative.hk/product-category/vegaspro/

PowerDVD 20 Embraces Cloud Technology for an Unrivaled Media Viewing and Sharing Experience across Devices. Anytime, Anywhere.

With digital media content consumption on the rise across devices, the world’s no. 1 multimedia player delivers the seamless playback and streaming experience that today’s consumers expect and demand.

Taipei, TaiwanApril 14, 2020CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), today announced the release of PowerDVD 20, the latest version of its award-winning movie and media playback software. PowerDVD 20 builds on CyberLink’s cutting-edge media technology leadership and integrates a comprehensive cloud-based viewing and streaming experience for seamless enjoyment of all contents, anywhere, in their best possible quality. At home, users can share content between Wi-Fi connected PCs, TVs and devices. Remotely, they can now upload media to their personal CyberLink Cloud, allowing easy access to their videos, photos and music on any device, no matter where they are. With the ability to share media with friends and family, users enjoy a seamless, socially integrated entertainment experience.

Offering a cross-device media experience has never been more relevant. Over 80% of consumers now have two or more connected devices, and one-third have up to five or more. By syncing with CyberLink Cloud, PowerDVD 20 offers a complete cross-device experience. Users can pause media on one device and continue watching on other PCs or mobile devices right where they left off. PowerDVD 20 also extends cross-device integration to friends and family. It is as simple as sharing a link that allows them to view the content on their browser. PowerDVD 20 is the perfect choice for groups of people wishing to build a shared cloud-streaming collection and is enabling increasingly popular virtual movie viewing parties.

“Recognized as the world’s number one movie and media player, PowerDVD has a long history of pioneering multimedia playback features and functionalities to our millions of users,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “With the integration of CyberLink Cloud, PowerDVD 20 enables users to build and share their media collections, and watch content seamlessly anywhere, anytime and on any device.”

CyberLink is also proud to announce the release of CyberLink PowerPlayer 365. A competitively priced all-in-one media player and a personal media server with all the features of PowerDVD 20 – such as casting, YouTube pin, and even support for VR and 360 content. CyberLink PowerPlayer 365 differs only from PowerDVD 20, with the latter extending media playback support to DVD and Blu-ray discs.

In addition to offering a new cross-device playback and sharing experience, PowerDVD 20 benefits from a number of new features such as a comprehensive information and artwork database, and unique AI-based facial recognition capabilities. And it continues to guarantee better-than-original audio and video playback for Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD, as well as major file formats and codecs, and 360˚ video. PowerDVD 20 users can also enjoy spatial audio support for 360˚ videos, making VR video feel as realistic as being there in person. PowerDVD 20 is available in a variety of subscription and perpetual options.

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

ESET Foundation has supported development of a diagnostic PCR test to detect the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.

BRATISLAVA, April 14, 2020 – Scientists from the Slovak companies MultiplexDX, Lambda Life and ProScience Tech have joined forces with virologists from the Biomedical Center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (BMC SAV) to develop a reagent kit according to World Health Organization (WHO) protocols for reliable SARS-CoV-2 detection. In the first phase they plan to produce and make available 100,000 PCR tests. The ESET Foundation supported the development of the kit and will finance the first 100,000 tests to be offered as an in-kind gift to the Slovak Republic.

Key components have been brought to the project by MultiplexDX, a company dedicated to developing and manufacturing various innovative molecular diagnostic reagents. The Slovak PCR test is currently being validated in cooperation with a team of scientists from the BMC SAV. Preliminary results of the new test not only show nominal functionality, but also good sensitivity compared to currently used diagnostics. “This means that our test is reliable and accurate and can help diagnose early stage patients. We can produce key components for 100,000 PCR tests within two weeks,” explained Pavol Čekan, founder of MultiplexDX.

“In the process of validation and subsequent registration of the resulting report, we are cooperating with the non-profit organization CCCT SK. This stage is estimated to take about three weeks,” said Adam Andráško of ProScience Tech.

“Virus detection consists of sample collection, RNA isolation and PCR diagnostics, with our joint efforts focused on the last step,” said Ivan Juráš of Lambda Life.

“I believe that the efforts of our scientists will be crowned with success, and that we will have sufficient PCR tests from our own resources for the task at hand, coronavirus detection. This will not only help Slovakia by providing much-needed testing, but will also create a reserve in case there is a shortage of tests globally,” noted Robert Mistrík from the permanent crisis staff.

The ESET Foundation supported the development of the test and provided funding for the first 100,000 units from its fund to support the effective diagnosis and prevention of COVID-19. These tests will be offered as a gift to Slovak state institutions. “When creating the fund, it was important for us to ensure effective mass-scale diagnostics, which can only be achieved through scientific cooperation. Such a critical situation reveals the importance of supporting science in Slovakia, which the ESET Foundation has been dedicated to for a long time,” said Richard Marko, CEO of ESET.

Production capacity, including the first 100,000 tests, will be available primarily to diagnostic laboratories on the Slovak market. “We are ready to cooperate with state laboratories, flexibly responding to their needs and supplying them efficiently. After satisfying the needs of Slovak laboratories, we can then direct our capacities to other countries that may need our products,” explained the authors of the test.

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.

CyberLink FaceMe® AI Facial Recognition Earns 99.7% Accuracy Rate, High Ranking on Industry-Leading NIST Leaderboard

Taipei, Taiwan — April 6, 2020 —CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), a pioneer in AI and facial recognition technologies, announced its FaceMe® AI facial recognition engine has achieved prominent ranking on the NIST FRVT 1:1 (Facial Recognition Vender Test), known as the foremost authority on facial recognition precision within the industry and around the world.

With FaceMe®’s highly precise algorithm, CyberLink was ranked 5th in the world, when excluding vendors from countries facing limitations such as China and Russia. The FVRT 1:1 test results recently released in March 2020 reveal CyberLink FaceMe® achieves a 99.70% accuracy rate in VISA 1E-4, and 96.88% in WILD 1E-5, two of the leading facial recognition precision assessments. Globally, FaceMe® is ranked 16th in the world.

“Since its release, CyberLink’s FaceMe® has consistently achieved high rankings in leading worldwide industry assessments,” said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “FaceMe® is seeing strong improvement compared to our previous NIST benchmarks, up 45% in accuracy rate, anchoring its prominent ranking in all testing criteria. Thanks to our strong precision standings and unparalleled integration flexibility across edge devices, FaceMe® continues to be the best fit for AIoT deployment.”

FaceMe’s® edge-based architecture empowers powerful, efficient processing, and higher levels of security compared to Cloud-based solutions. It supports more than 10 operating systems, including Windows, Android, iOS, and various Linux distributions such as Ubuntu x86, Ubuntu ARM, RedHat, CentOS, Yocto, Debian and JetPack. FaceMe® can run on low-power CPUs to enable facial recognition on cost-effective IoT/AIoT devices, as well as be integrated with high-end servers, workstations and personal computers equipped with GPU to provide highly efficient performance. FaceMe’s® high accuracy, flexibility and security makes it the leading facial recognition engine available on the market today.

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

AV-Test recognizes ESET Endpoint Security in 2019 Awards

BRATISLAVA – ESET, a global leader in cybersecurity, has been recognized in the AV-TEST Awards 2019 for outstanding IT protection. AV-Test, a leading independent testing organization, uses one of the largest collections of digital malware samples in the world, the Institute’s own research department, as well as intensive collaboration with other institutions, to guarantee tests […]

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