In mid-2016 one of the servers of Hitachi Payment Systems was attacked by malicious software, by which the criminals got data from the ATMs of State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank and Axis Bank. Currently, 19 banks and 641 customers noticed fraudulent activities with the cards. To reduce risks the banks have blocked compromised cards and advised its customers to change the PIN.

In a statement Hitachi Payment Systems said that after the injection the malicious software worked undetected, eliminating all traces of its existence. …


I mostly use Outlook to work with emails and from time to time I feel a necessity to track the opening of my emails by the addressees. There are a lot of email trackers for Gmail but only a few are capable to work with the Windows client correctly. The idea of email trackers is old enough to invent tools to block email trackers. For example the Ugly email service detects components of some trackers and on the site you can see what trackers can be blocked.

And sometimes cruel monetization comes, as it happened with Signals when a CRM…


Recently we hit on the article “Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone” published in Science Journal. The author reveals the story of Sci-Hub, a pirate website where everyone could find and download articles from leading science journals. The statistics of downloads from September 2015 to February 2016is presented below:

As you can see the majority of downloads are from China, India, Iran. And what countries come next? Russia, U.S. and Brazil. So how it could be that such a rich country like U.S. has so many downloads of pirated content? Scientists from developing countries need to pay $30 for an article…


In 2008 at the Valve’s summit on the state of PC gaming in Seattle, president Gabe Newell revealed that his company is not concerned about the threat of piracy in the PC market, including in territories like China and Russia. He said that Valve’s Steam distribution platform and the service it provides its customers protects it from privacy. In addition, gamers are interested in an ongoing relationship with Steam and if they are caught pirating, they risk losing all their purchased games as well as the possibility to participate in multiplayer games.

Nevertheless, in 2015 a potential customer contacted StarForce…


Files with .SFPDF extension can be opened with a special viewer program — StarForce Reader. Actually the name of the expansion comes from the words StarForce and PDF: SF + PDF. This viewer can open both: SFPDF and usual PDF files.

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SFPDF files are used when it is necessary to protect the content against unauthorized access, copying and sharing. It is a tool for copyright protection.

How to open SFPDF emails

If a SFPDF file is sent with the help of SFLetter.com, a secure email service, it is enough to download and launch StarForce Reader. Every email and attached file has a…


The idea of information protection is actual at all times. And it is often necessary to protect not only a document that is kept in a safe or on secured server but as well a message that leaves the confines of the company. For example it can be an email after important business meeting where you have discussed secret conditions and technological processes. How did people exchange secret messages during the World War II and how can it be done now?

Transfer of secret messages is a vital necessity in the conduct of hostilities, and if the enemy has access…


Every company owns sensitive information that needs to be protected. First of all it is a client base but also there are know-hows, credentials, personal information and other documents the leakage of which could cause a lot of troubles for business owners. How do companies cope with this?

1. Maximum opacity of contacts and processes

It is the easiest but least effective way as usually in such a situation only one person has access to particular information. …


Every day we receive complains from people who want to play old games on computers with new operational systems. StarForce Technologies was founded 17 years ago and during this period copy protection has been set on thousands of games. We ourselves are a part of the fan army who likes to play good old computer games and it does not matter what it is: nostalgia for the past or appealing to the ageless classics. …

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