Sikur MWC2019 – Press Release (EN)

By: sikur

26/02/2019 Barcelona – Mobile World Congress


Sikur Announce Ultra-Secure Banking Platform & Trading Station
SIKURPhone creators launch digital banking platform, SIKUR Bank
Will be available as white labelled product for mobile carriers
Financial transaction ecosystem ‘Trading Station’ also launched SIKURBank


After delivering a secure smartphone with a fully functional cryptocurrency  wallet, secure communications experts Sikur are launching SIKUR Bank, a new ultra-secure banking platform, at Mobile World Congress 2019, built for mobile carriers.


“Our ambition is to be more than just a digital bank. We want to protect users from the weaknesses of payment apps. Sikur’s operating system (SikurOS) and Sikur’s App Store safeguard critical data exchange from attacks at all times”, says Alexandre Vasconcelos, Sikur’s COO.


SIKUR Bank is a partnership between Sikur and Brazilian FinTech company LogBank. The full service will be available from Sikur as a white label product. The platform is fully compliant with FinTech regulations and combines acquiring, subacquiring, capture and digital bank components. This collaboration makes the high security Trading Station (see below) concept and everyday banking a reality.


“People want safety without sacrificing usability. Sikur’s Trading Station delivers premium security and matches the usability of any other operating system or digital banking app. We are providing a market-ready, white labelled, fully integrated, flexible, secure solution. It’s the best offering out there”, says Fabio Fischer, Sikur’s Executive VP.


“LogBank boasts a complete digital banking service. With Sikur, we were able to improve endpoint security to the level that the global market demands”, says Luiz Gustavo Dutra, LogBank’s CEO and Founder.


Over the past few years there have been several high profile point-of-sale data breaches including British Airways, Ticketmaster and, more recently, US restaurant chain Huddle House.


SIKURTradingStation


Alongside SIKUR bank, Sikur is launching the Trading Station. This is a financial transaction ecosystem within SIKURPhone, the world’s most secure smartphone.

“At Mobile World Congress 2018, we delivered a smartphone with a secure operating system (SikurOS), with in-built cryptowallet. We set the bar high, but we knew we could go further”, says Cristiano Iop, Sikur’s CEO.


“Access to tech is paving the way for new payment methods. Consumers are switching from cards to mobile banking. This enables service providers to reinvent the way in which they work. Whilst this creates opportunity, these systems also present dangers if they are not implemented properly. Sikur’s Trading Station solves these security issues”, says Fabio Fischer, Sikur’s Executive VP.


Sikur’s research has discovered common problems that different businesses face when it comes to technological security. For example, industries such as healthcare, telecoms, finance, retail, and other sectors that require regulatory compliance, suffer from a lack of security on mobile devices. This creates vulnerability and increases the chances of incurring losses.


“Our Trading Station is in keeping with market demands and is an innovative way of delivering security to the end user. It’s a fundamental requirement of modern business. The payment system is multi-currency, multi-language and can be implemented by companies of all sizes”, says Alexandre Vasconcelos, Sikur’s COO.


Sikur can turn any organizations’s user base into a fortified mPOS (mobile Point of Sale). This transforms it in to a digital banking platform and provides an array of corporate financial services for accounts of all sizes.


About Sikur


Sikur is defining the future of secure communications. With global operations and offices in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. Sikur works closely with governments and corporations who believe that security is crucial to the integrity of their businesses. We understand that security is not only about platforms and digital systems, but a mindset that involves all aspects of business.


Website:
https://www.sikur.com


Press Inquiries:
London: christian.maclaren@sikur.com // +44 7747868678
Brazil:
ana.ribeiro@sikur.com // +55619991-2737

Social Networks:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sikur/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sikur

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Sikur anuncia plataforma bancária e loja de aplicativos

By: TI Inside Online

Após entregar o SIKURPhone em2018, o primeiro smartphone totalmente criptografado e seguro, a SIKUR expande seu mercado de atuação ao anunciar durante do Mobile World Congress, em Barcelona, o conceito de Trading Station -um ecossistema de soluções financeiras e transacionais, orientadas à negócios em um ambiente totalmente integrado e seguro.

“Na MWC 2018 inovamos e entregamos o primeiro smartphone com Sistema Operacional Seguro, com uma carteira capaz de armazenar criptomoedas. Revolucionamos o mercado, mas sabíamos que poderíamos entregar muito mais. Nossa base sólida construída a partir do SikurOS permitia uma expansão no mercado atendido. A evolução é natural, quando se domina um mercado tão específico, com tanta segurança.”, diz Cristiano Iop, CEO do SIKUR

“A democratização do ambiente tecnológico e a regulação dos bancos centrais aceleraram o processo de desconstrução criativa dos meios de pagamento. Os meios de Pagamentos estão se adaptando às mãos dos usuários, migrando, de um cartão plástico físico para algo mais sofisticado: software embarcado em devices móveis com dupla garantia em Cloud. Isso faz com que algumas verticais de mercado, como Varejo e Operadoras, se reinventem e assumam novo papel. Alguns agentes históricos não estão atentos para o impacto que isso terá se não for implementada a segurança adequada. Isso é apenas um dos problemas que o SIKUR Trading Station pode resolver.”, diz Fábio Fischer, vice-presidente executivo do Sikur

O SIKURPhone foi testado por hackers da HACKERONE e foi aprovado em todos os seus testes de segurança.

Estudos da área de inteligência de mercado do Sikur indicaram problemas comuns que diferentes verticais enfrentam, quando o assunto é segurança. HealthCare, Operadoras, Financeiro, Varejo, Corporativo e Governos, além de sistemas orientados a transações ou que possuam necessidade de compliance regulatória, sofrem com a falta de segurança em dispositivos móveis o que acaba fragilizando toda a cadeia de negócios, potencializando perdas financeiras, entre outras.

Não é possível garantir a segurança se não há controle de todas as instâncias envolvidas. A relevância desse tema em comunicação empresarial e governamental já é conhecida pela empresa, mas esse assunto toma outra proporção e relevância quando o tema são transações que gerem impactos financeiros.

Mais: http://tiinside.com.br/tiinside/seguranca/mercado-seguranca/26/02/2019/sikur-anuncia-plataforma-bancaria-e-loja-de-aplicativos/

Sikur quiere que hagas tus transacciones bancarias con tu operadora

By: Katie Collins

La revolución de la banca móvil puede que se esté llevando a cabo, pero las aplicaciones de banca móvil aún inspiran mucho desconfianza entre los usuarios.

Con la esperanza de cambiar esto Sikur, la fabricante de teléfonos enfocados en la seguridad, ha lanzado su propia plataforma de banca móvil ese martes durante MWC en Barcelona.

La plataforma está diseñada para combinar todas las conveniencias de uso de los apps de banca digital con funciones de seguridad de primera. El objetivo de Sikur es utilizar su experiencia en la seguridad para proteger a los usuarios de las vulnerabilidades de los apps de pago y los robos de datos en las terminales de pago que han afectado a empresas como Ticketmaster y British Airways.

En 2018, analistas de Juniper Research proyectaron que unas 2,000 millones de personas, o 40 por ciento de la población mundial usarían servicios de banca móvil a finales de año. Este número incluye a las personas que usan herramientas digitales de sus bancos, y también a aquellos que están adoptando nuevos sistemas y herramientas de banca.

“La gente se está alejando de la banca tradicional hacia esta clase de plataformas, para que puedas abrir una cuenta fácilmente y realizar todas estas transacciones que harías en un banco tradicional”, dijo Alexandre Vasconcelos, presidente ejecutivo de Sikur.

Sikur se había enfocado solamente en sus propios dispositivos, para controlar tanto el hardware como el software y así brindar una experiencia hermética para sus clientes. Pero en septiembre de 2018, Sikur demostró que también podía equipar a otros teléfonos con los mismos niveles de seguridad cuando integraba su SikurOS en dos teléfonos de Sony.

Más: https://www.msn.com/es-xl/noticias/otras/sikur-quiere-que-hagas-tus-transacciones-bancarias-con-tu-operadora/ar-BBU5slT

Sikur anuncia SIKUR Bank, una plataforma ultra-segura de Digital Banking

By: mundoFranquicia

La marca, tras entregar un smartphone seguro con una cartera de criptomonedas totalmente funcional, está lanzando el SIKUR Bank, una Plataforma ultra-segura de Digital Banking, presentada en el Mobile World Congress 2019.

En palabras de Alexandre Vasconcelos, COO de la organización “Nuestra ambición es ser más que una cuenta de pago digital. Queremos proteger a los usuarios de las debilidades de las aplicaciones de pago. El sistema operativo de Sikur (SikurOS) y la App Store de Sikur protegen el intercambio de datos críticos de ataques en todos los momentos.

SIKUR Bank es una asociación entre Sikur y FinTech brasileña LogBank. El servicio completo estará disponible en Sikur como un producto de etiqueta blanca. La plataforma está en total conformidad con las regulaciones brasileñas y posee recursos de Digital Banking (transferencias entre cuentas vía QR-Code, recepción y envío de TED, pagos de cuentas, wallet de tarjetas, etc.) y también de Adquisición (transacciones con tarjetas de debito y crédito). Esta asociación entre Sikur y LogBank hace realidad los conceptos de High Security Trading Station (ver abajo) y de Everyday Bank.

“La gente quiere seguridad sin sacrificar la usabilidad. Sikur’s Trading Station ofrece seguridad premium con la misma utilidad que cualquier otro sistema operativo o aplicación de banco digital. Estamos proporcionando una solución segura, totalmente integrada, flexible y lista para el mercado. Es la mejor oferta de seguridad y usabilidad del mercado. “, afrima Fabio Fischer, VP Ejecutivo de Sikur.

En los últimos años se han producido varias violaciones de datos de alto nivel en el punto de venta, incluyendo British

Airways, Ticketmaster y, más recientemente, la cadena de restaurantes estadounidense Huddle House.

Sikur Trading Station

Sikur puede transformar la base de usuarios de cualquier organización en un mPOS fortificado (punto de venta móvil). Esto lo convierte en una plataforma de banco digital y proporciona una variedad de servicios financieros corporativos para las cuentas de todos los tamaños.

Más: https://www.mundofranquicia.com/actualidad/noticias/sikur-anuncia-sikur-bank-una-plataforma-ultra-segura-digital-banking/

Crypto phone maker Sikur wants you to bank through your mobile carrier

By: Andrew Hoyle

The security-focused company is launching its own mobile banking platform, along with the Sikur Android app store at MWC.

The mobile banking revolution might be underway, but the trustworthiness of mobile banking applications still has a question mark hanging over it for many phone owners.

Maker of security-focused phones Sikur launched its own mobile banking platform on Tuesday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that it hopes will change all that.

The platform is designed to combine all the user-friendly aspects of digital banking apps already on the market with premium security features. Sikur’s aim is to use its expertise in security to protect users from the weaknesses of payment apps and point-of-sale data breaches that have affected companies including Ticketmaster and British Airways.

In 2018, analysts from Juniper Research predicted that 2 billion people, or 40 percent of the global population, would be using mobile banking by the end of the year. This number incorporates people using digital tools provided by their own banks, but also those embracing new banking systems and tools such as Monzo, which has grown in popularity in the UK and may have a US launch on the cards soon.

“People are moving from the traditional banks and this kind of platform, so you can easily open your account and do all the transactions as you do in a regular and traditional bank,” Alexandre Vasconcelos, CEO of Sikur, said in an interview with CNET.

In the past, Sikur has focused solely on making its own devices, controlling both hardware and software to provide a totally locked-down experience for customers. At last year’s MWC, it unveiled its own “unhackable” phone with built-in cryptocurrency wallet. But in September 2018, Sikur showed that it could also equip other phones with the same levels of security when it loaded its SikurOS onto two Sony phones.

More: https://www.cnet.com/news/crypto-phone-maker-sikur-wants-you-to-bank-through-your-mobile-carrier/

THE WIRED GUIDE TO DATA BREACHES

By: Lily Hay Newman

Another week, another massive new corporate security breach that exposes your personal data. Names, email addresses, passwords, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, credit card numbers, banking data, passport numbers, phone numbers, home addresses, driver’s license numbers, medical records—they all get swept up by shadowy, amorphous hackers for fraud, identity theft, and worse. Sometimes the affected company will send you an email suggesting that you change a password or credit card number, but for the most part, these incidents are invisible—until they aren’t.

Think of data breaches as coming in two flavors: breaches of institutions that people choose to entrust with their data—like retailers and banks—and breaches of entities that acquired user data secondarily—like credit bureaus and marketing firms. Unfortunately, you can’t keep your information perfectly safe: It is often impossible to avoid sharing data, especially with organizations like governments and health insurers. Furthermore, in cases where a company or institution gives your information to an additional party, you’ve often agreed to sharing more data than you realize by clicking “I accept” on a dense user agreement.

Many of these incidents don’t necessarily even involve hackers. Data “exposures” occur when information that should have been locked down was accessible, but it’s unclear if anyone actually stole it.

Even after a data breach has occurred, though, and an unauthorized actor definitely has your data, you won’t necessarily see an immediate negative impact. Hackers who steal a trove of login credentials, for example, may quietly use them for under-the-radar crime sprees instead of selling or publishing the data. As a result, the repercussions of a breach can be very delayed, sometimes not fully manifesting for years.

More: https://www.wired.com/story/wired-guide-to-data-breaches/amp

POS Firm Hacked, Malware Deployed at 130+ Outlets

By: Phil Muncaster

A Point of Sale (POS) solutions provider has revealed it was hacked last month, leading to data slurping malware being placed on the networks of multiple clients across the US.

Minnesota-based North County Business Products said in an updated notice this week that the incident may have resulted in the theft of card data from customers at over 130 locations.

Among the list of businesses affected are a significant number of Dunn Brothers Coffee, Zipps Sports Grill and Someburros outlets.

“On January 4, 2019, North Country learned of suspicious activity occurring within certain client networks. North Country immediately launched an investigation, working with third-party forensic investigators to determine the nature and scope of the event,” it revealed.

“On January 30, 2019, the investigation determined that an unauthorized party was able to deploy malware to certain of North Country’s business partners restaurants between January 3, 2019, and January 24, 2019, that collected credit and debit card information. Specific information potentially accessed includes the cardholder’s name, credit card number, expiration date, and CVV.”

It should be noted that not all of the locations listed were affected for the full 22 days.

It’s unclear exactly how the hackers breached North County’s systems initially, or what POS malware strain was used to infect the networks of its clients.

More: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/pos-firm-hacked-malware-deployed-1/

JP Morgan is rolling out the first US bank-backed cryptocurrency to transform payments business

By: Hugh Son

  • Engineers at the lender have created the “JPM Coin,” a digital token that will be used to instantly settle transactions between clients of its wholesale payments business.
  • Only a tiny fraction of payments will initially be transmitted using the cryptocurrency, but the trial represents the first real-world use of a digital coin by a major U.S. bank.
  • While J.P. Morgan’s Jamie Dimon has bashed bitcoin as a “fraud,” the bank chief and his managers have consistently said blockchain and regulated digital currencies held promise.

 

The lender moves more than $6 trillion around the world every day for corporations in its massive wholesale payments business. In trials set to start in a few months, a tiny fraction of that will happen over something called “JPM Coin,” the digital token created by engineers at the New York-based bank to instantly settle payments between clients.

J.P. Morgan is preparing for a future in which parts of the essential underpinning of global capitalism, from cross-border payments to corporate debt issuance, move to the blockchain. That’s the database technology made famous by its first application, bitcoin. But in order for that future to happen, the bank needed a way to transfer money at the dizzying speed that those smart contracts closed, rather than relying on old technology like wire transfers.

 “So anything that currently exists in the world, as that moves onto the blockchain, this would be the payment leg for that transaction,” said Umar Farooq, head of J.P. Morgan’s blockchain projects. “The applications are frankly quite endless; anything where you have a distributed ledger which involves corporations or institutions can use this.”

Android Phones Can Get Hacked Just by Looking at a PNG Image

By: Swati Khandelwal

Using an Android device?

Beware! You have to remain more caution while opening an image file on your smartphone—downloaded anywhere from the Internet or received through messaging or email apps.

Yes, just viewing an innocuous-looking image could hack your Android smartphone—thanks to three newly-discovered critical vulnerabilities that affect millions of devices running recent versions of Google’s mobile operating system, ranging from Android 7.0 Nougat to its current Android 9.0 Pie.

The vulnerabilities, identified as CVE-2019-1986, CVE-2019-1987, and CVE-2019-1988, have been patched in Android Open Source Project (AOSP) by Google as part of its February Android Security Updates.

However, since not every handset manufacturer rolls out security patches every month, it’s difficult to determine if your Android device will get these security patches anytime sooner.

Although Google engineers have not yet revealed any technical details explaining the vulnerabilities, the updates mention fixing “heap buffer overflow flaw,” “errors in SkPngCodec,” and bugs in some components that render PNG images.

According to the advisory, one of the three vulnerabilities, which Google considered to be the most severe one, could allow a maliciously crafted Portable Network Graphics (.PNG) image file to execute arbitrary code on the vulnerable Android devices.

More: https://thehackernews.com/2019/02/hack-android-with-image.html?m=1

Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking

By: Zack Whittaker

Many major companies, like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps. In most cases you won’t even realize it. And they don’t need to ask for permission.

You can assume that most apps are collecting data on you. Some even monetize your data without your knowledge. But TechCrunch has found several popular iPhone apps, from hoteliers, travel sites, airlines, cell phone carriers, banks and financiers, that don’t ask or make it clear — if at all — that they know exactly how you’re using their apps.

Worse, even though these apps are meant to mask certain fields, some inadvertently expose sensitive data.

Apps like Abercrombie & Fitch, Hotels.com and Singapore Airlines also use Glassbox, a customer experience analytics firm, one of a handful of companies that allows developers to embed “session replay” technology into their apps. These session replays let app developers record the screen and play them back to see how its users interacted with the app to figure out if something didn’t work or if there was an error. Every tap, button push and keyboard entry is recorded — effectively screenshotted — and sent back to the app developers.

Or, as Glassbox said in a recent tweet: “Imagine if your website or mobile app could see exactly what your customers do in real time, and why they did it?”

The App Analyst, a mobile expert who writes about his analyses of popular apps on his eponymous blog, recently found Air Canada’s iPhone app wasn’t properly masking the session replays when they were sent, exposing passport numbers and credit card data in each replay session. Just weeks earlier, Air Canada said its app had a data breach, exposing 20,000 profiles.

More: https://techcrunch.com/2019/02/06/iphone-session-replay-screenshots/