Roundup: Colaboral, fingerprint readers, Kaspersky, SAP

- Thursday, October 13, 2011

Roundup: Colaboral, fingerprint readers, Kaspersky, SAP

Young Chilean entrepreneurs have launched a professional social network that allows users to gather their academic and work information in one site and access job offers, according to a statement.

In its first development stage, Colaboral has registered more than 1,000 users. During its second and current stage, the network will focus on integrating with the corporate sector.

For its third and last stage, scheduled for November, the network will be integrated with higher education institutions.

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The use of fingerprint readers in Chile has reached a record 9mn transactions during September, biometrics solutions provider I-Med said in a statement.

Fingerprint readers have been used for secure banking transactions, affiliation agreements, employment contracts, healthcare voucher purchases, and processing of electronic medical licenses, among other applications.

Five years ago, transactions with biometric technology in Chile reached 1mn, mainly in the health industry. "Electronic transactions are the main pillar in the modernization process," I-Med general manager Pablo Izquierdo said. "The difference in costs for each transaction is dramatic."

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Cybercriminals have begun to use QR codes to spread malicious software among mobile users, Russian antivirus software developer Kaspersky Lab has found.

QR codes are becoming increasingly popular and are being used in banners, magazines and transport services for fast and easy access to information.

According to senior malware analyst at Kaspersky Denis Maslennikov, some QR codes redirect Android users to sites such as Jimm.apk, which is a trojanized version of the mobile ICQ Jimm application.

Once the Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.Jifake.f is installed in the device, it sends premium SMS at US$6 each.

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SAP (NYSE: SAP) has appointed Emilio Mariño as senior VP for ecosystem and channels in Latin America, the company said in a statement.

Mariño will be in charge of expanding the company's partner network in the region, and building strategic and specialized alliances. He will also be responsible for implementing strategies so that channel partners can harness business opportunities derived from innovative technologies such as in memory computing and mobility.

With more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry, the executive will replace Marcelo Giampietro, who was recently appointed director for the Spanish-speaking South America (SSSA) division.