Airport Entry and Exit Group

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DSS, on behalf of the Document Security Alliance, has joined the Airport Entry and Exit Working Group.

This is a representative group of identity and biometric industry experts urging Congressional action to assure Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) implementation of viable and sustainable biometric entry and exit solutions.

To read more about the effort, click here.

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How to Spot Counterfeit Football Merchandise

NFLEarlier this year federal officials announced a crackdown on counterfeit goods, ending in the seizure of more than $21.6 million in fake NFL merchandise. 

As you may or may not know, counterfeiters use inferior materials and craftsmanship to produce look-alike products that do not benefit the teams, the players, or the employees of the U.S. based companies and trademark holders. Honestly, the only place your support for the team is going is into the pockets of criminals hiding out abroad.

With kickoff right around the corner, DSS has decided to provide our readers with some quick tips and tricks on how to spot a fake.

  • Tags tell all. In most counterfeit NFL gear, there is only one tag for washing instructions. However, in a authentic pieces, there are two tags; one for washing instructions and a second for a serial number. That quality of these tags often differ as well – the real ones are shiny and smooth while the fake ones feel like paper.
  • The look and feel of the jersey is your second indicator if you’re dealing with a counterfeit product. The numbers and/or lettering on an authentic NFL jersey will have a smooth look and wont feel loose or fragile to the touch. On the other hand, a fake jersey will feel likely feel rough, the colors will seem faded or wrong all together and the lettering will often times begin to peel away.
  • Lastly, the price of the jersey is probably the best giveaway to spot a fake jersey. Most of these fake jerseys sport a $50 price tag. Remember you get what you pay for and the quality is equal to what you pay for the jersey – cheap.

Consumers should be made aware that these counterfeit items are found in both stores and websites. Some studies show that as many as 800,000 counterfeit jerseys are sold online each year.

DSS is working around the clock to stop the sale of counterfeit merchandise. To learn how AuthentiGuard can protect consumers and brands alike, please visit www.AuthentiGuard.com

Today’s Growing Cyber Threats

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Earlier this week, in what some are calling the “biggest internet heist in history”, Russian hackers amassed over one billion username and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.

This comes not even a year after 40 million credit card numbers were stolen from Target and cyber criminals attacked Adobe’s databases – causing experts and consumers alike to wonder if keeping personal information out of the hands of thieves is a losing battle.

What do these thieves want with your usernames and passwords? For the Russians in particular, they were using the logins to spam weight loss ads on social media accounts for, what is believed to be, third party groups. Although some credentials have been sold to the black market, many remain in the hands of the Russian Gang. Should these professional criminals decide to sell the information, it would be very lucrative for the gang.

While a credit cards can be cancelled, things such as an email address or social security number are easy targets for identity theft. Consumers tend to use the same email and passwords for several different websites. Criminals take these credentials and test them on websites that hold valuable information, such as banks or brokerage firms.

“Companies that rely on usernames and passwords have to develop a sense of urgency about changing this,” said Avivah Litan, a security analyst at the research firm Gartner. “Until they do, criminals will just keep stockpiling people’s credentials.

This is where DSS’s AuthentiSite Solution comes in. By implementing AuthentiSite, consumers will know they are on a trusted website, and brand owners will be able to verify it is a customer, not a hacker, on their website.

For example; John Smith will be able to verify he is on his trusted banking website (not a fake, phishing site) and the bank will be able to verify that John Smith is accessing his own account.

It all starts with our patented Prism mark. This mark’s security technology is tied into our secure server making it virtually impossible for criminals to duplicate the mark on illegal or fraudulent websites.

If you are interested in learning more, please sign up for our free, informational webinar on September 8th at 2pm EST. During this webinar, industry experts will discuss AuthentiSite and how the program is being continuously developed to end cyber attacks.

To register, click here.

In the meantime, to learn how AuthentiGuard can help protect brand owners and consumers alike, please visit www.AuthentiGuard.com

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Rampant Counterfeiting Demands Cutting-Edge Solutions

By David Wicker, DSS VP of Research and Development

Note: This article first appeared in PDA’s Tech Trends. To learn more, please visit www.pda.org 

According to the WHO, the range of counterfeit pharmaceutical products reaching markets around the world continues to broaden with increasing internet retail sales for both branded and generic drugs. In more than 50% of cases, medicines purchased over the internet from illegal sites have been found to be counterfeit. That same study states that worldwide counterfeit drugs sales werImagee estimated to top US $75 billion, a 90% increase over the previous five years.

While there are many statistics on counterfeiting’s impact on companies and consumers, these studies only give a glimpse into the extent of the problem. Most experts believe that the increasing sophistication of counterfeits along with flexibility from the internet to market them, has led to increasing occurrences of counterfeits entering the supply chain.

Because imaging technology evolves so rapidly and online retail stores can quickly disappear and reappear elsewhere, the digital security and authentication business must work hard to remain ahead of the counterfeiters. One of the biggest challenges involves staying ahead with innovation and technology.

The technologies fit into two categories: anti-counterfeiting and authentication. Anti-counterfeiting technologies make it difficult for counterfeiters to accurately reproduce a document, label or package with a desktop scanner or a copier.

Authentication technologies provide validation of genuine articles or websites through propitiatory lenses, optically variable changes and even through leading edge smartphone applications.

For the pharmaceutical industry, authentication features need to resist duplication, provide real-time authentication with devices that are not cost prohibitive and are readily available, and can report problems within the supply chain. Solutions should also secure, organize, and archive the collected data for brand owner and investigator use. Optimal authentication features will also help consumers determine if they are purchasing from an authorized website.

For more information on how brand owners and consumers alike can curb the issue of counterfeit websites and product, please visit www.AuthentiGuard.com