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World’s First Stolen Bitcoin Tracing Service And Bitcoin Data Recovery – High Profile Digital Forensic Services Company SYTECH Embraces Bitcoin

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High profile UK based Digital Forensic Services Company SYTECH – (Systems Technology Consultants Ltd.) has been in business since 1978 – working with International Governments, Law Enforcement, Corporate and Private sectors and is known worldwide for its upstanding reputation, accreditation, cost-effectiveness and speedy processing of assignments. SYTECH’s Digital Forensics services’ have been integral to many high profile Court Cases and investigations across the globe including ‘Memogate’, and the recent conviction of UK serial murderer Dale Cregan. In August 2013 SYTECH announced its move into Bitcoin: offering data recovery services to salvage coins from damaged hard drives, mobile phones and other storage mediums. SYTECH is accepting Bitcoin as a payment method for its services, and offering a 5% discount to any client who pays in Bitcoin. In a world first, SYTECH has announced a stolen Bitcoin tracing and recovery service; turning its decades of digital forensics expertise to tracing online Bitcoin criminals and recovering stolen Bitcoin for their clients.

The company is offering a Bitcoin retrieval service to individuals, companies and businesses around the globe who may need Bitcoin recovered from damaged hard drives, memory cards and mobile phones. With its professional standing, years of experience and fast turnaround SYTECH is poised to become the service Bitcoin companies, businesses and enthusiasts will utilise to urgently recover Bitcoin from damaged or compromised storage devices.

Although not yet advertised on the SYTECH website, the company is now accepting Bitcoin as a payment method for any and all services rendered. Clients who pay in Bitcoin will receive a 5 percent discount: the forward thinking Digital Forensics Company is seeking to hold Bitcoin and embrace the numerous benefits of accepting Bitcoin over traditional payment methods.

SYTECH is registered with the UK Register of Expert Witnesses, is Bond Solon Courtroom Trained and Sweet & Maxwell checked. The company will work with clients in both the Corporate and Private sectors to trace and recover stolen Bitcoin and identify the perpetrator(s). If anyone has the proven track record and digital forensic skills to bring Bitcoin cyber criminals to justice it is SYTECH.

As the diversity of offerings and liquidity of the global Bitcoin ecosystem continues to grow, it is not surprising to see a well-established, reputable and professional company such as SYTECH aggressively target the Bitcoin space. SYTECH’s world class stolen Bitcoin recovery service is a world first; a major contribution to the professionalism and stability of the Bitcoin space. With evermore professional Bitcoin companies commencing operations worldwide demand for enterprise level Bitcoin recovery services is projected to rise and forward thinking SYTECH is well positioned to dominate this emerging and important niche of the global Bitcoin ecosystem.

To see the full range of services offered by SYTECH please go to: http://www.sytech-consultants.com/services.htm

To learn more about SYTECH’s move into the Bitcoin space please contact:

Name: Simon Lang – Digital Forensics Manager

Email: simon.lang@sytech-consultants.com

Phone: +44 (0) 1782 286300

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Intelligence agencies will work alongside the private sector to combat cybercrime. Photograph: Martin Rogers/Workbook Stock

Cyber-security experts from industry are to operate alongside the intelligence agencies for the first time in an attempt to combat the growing online threat to British firms.

The government is creating a so-called fusion cell where analysts fromMI5 and GCHQ, the domestic eavesdropping agency, will work with private sector counterparts.

The cell is part of the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (Cisp), launched on Wednesday, to provide industry with a forum to share details of techniques used by hackers as well as methods of countering them.

At any one time there will be about 12 to 15 analysts working at the cell, based at an undisclosed location in London.

“What the fusion cell will be doing is pulling together a single, richer intelligence picture of what is going on in cyberspace and the threats attacking the UK,” a senior official said.

“What we are trying to do is get that better intelligence picture and push it out to industry in a way that they can take action on, so it is very action-orientated.”

Although the industry representatives will not have direct access to classified intelligence material, they will face security vetting.

The Cisp initiative grew out of talks in 2011 between industry and David Cameron. It led to a pilot project last year involving 80 leading companies, codenamed Programme Auburn. It will be expanded to cover 160 firms from the finance, defence, energy, telecoms and pharmaceutical sectors.

With companies reluctant to discuss cyber-attacks or breaches of security in public, officials acknowledge that confidentiality is crucial, so companies involved will not be named.

“Everything about information-sharing has to be based on trust,” another official said. “Most companies still remain cautious about talking about the cyber threats they face in public.”

The firms will have access to a secure web portal, described as a “Facebook for cyber-security threats”, run on social network lines, where they can choose who they share information with.

It is expected that other firms will be invited to join as the scheme develops, although officials stressed that future expansion would be at a pace consistent with maintaining trust and confidentiality.

Launching the scheme, the Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, said the government was determined to make Britain one of the safest places to do business in cyberspace.

“We know that cyber-attacks are happening on an industrial scale and businesses are by far the biggest victims of cybercrime in terms of industrial espionage and intellectual property theft, with losses to the UK economy running into billions of pounds annually,” he said.

“This innovative partnership is breaking new ground through a truly collaborative partnership for sharing information on threats and to protect UK interests in cyberspace.”

MI5 and industry join forces to fight cybercrime | Technology | guardian.co.uk.

RIM, now BlackBerry, have had a difficult few years. A dwindling market share, coupled with high profile outages, has caused the consumer to lose faith in the once powerful platform. But for RIM, the Enterprise was always going to be a steady source or income, wasn’t it?

Well, maybe not for long. The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced plans to order 630,000 iDevices to add to their ranks. While this isn’t really newsworthy, it’s the 210,000 various iPhone models that will replace the current crop of BlackBerry handsets that catches the eye most of all.

BlackBerry was always known for their secure device for mobile email and data in the past. But times have changed and Google, Apple and Microsoft have caught up to, and in this case have surpassed, BlackBerry at their own usually reputable game. According to Electonista, the BB10 OS just isn’t compatible with the DoD’snew mobile plan that was introduced last month. In fact, BlackBerries running OS 7.1 would have been incompatible with the same mobile plan.

With 470,000 BlackBerries in use within the DoD, having nearly half that number retired due to iPhone use will be a blow to BlackBerry’s hopes of a resurgence with BB10 devices. Just this week, both BlackBerry and the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) had to both state that the OS had not yet been put through its paces for secure government use.

So, where does that leave the BlackBerry platform? With the funds gone, the DoD will likely not be investing in any new BlackBerry handsets anytime soon. And don’t forget, this puts Apple in a very strong position in a massive enterprise site, giving them bragging rights over Google and Microsoft in the Mobile space.

US Department of Defense: Bye bye BlackBerry, hello iPhone! – Neowin.

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The BB10 software in the new BlackBerry Z10 handset has been rejected as not secure enough for essential government work

BlackBerry executives will no doubted have quaffed plenty of champagne with the news last week that the company had secured its largest ever handset order, for one million BlackBerry 10 handsets, bringing a welcome boost of confidence to the fledgling platform.

But there’ll be no celebrations in the BlackBerry boardroom following an unwelcome assessment of the platform by the UK’s Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG), which assesses the suitability of devices for use in official government activities.

The Guardian reports that the CESG has rejected BlackBerry 10 as not being secure enough, and that tests on the BlackBerry Balance software – which isolates work and personal accounts, apps and settings from each other – as well as on the underlying BB10 operating system, failed to meet the Group##Q##s requirements and standards for approval.

BlackBerry 7.1, the previous generation of the company’s OS, was approved in December 2012 for work involving government classifications up to the ‘Restricted’ level, something which BlackBerry was keen to highlight in a statement, in which it added that BlackBerry is the only mobile solution to have received that clearance from the UK Government. The company’s statement continued:

We are continuing to work closely with CESG on the approval of BlackBerry 10, and we’re confident that BlackBerry 10 will only strengthen our position as the mobile solution of choice for the UK government.”

The news comes at an awkward time for BlackBerry, which is preparing to launch the Z10 in the United Stateslater this week.

BlackBerry software ruled not safe enough for essential government work | Technology | guardian.co.uk.

Following the decision by the High Court of the UK last year to block The Pirate Bay and its known alternative addresses, the court in the UK has added three more sites to the list and are requiring a number of “major” ISPs to block them henceforth.

The BBC reports that the ISPs will be required to stop their users from accessing Kickass TorrentsH33T andFenopy.

Music industry group the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said the sites infringed copyright on a “significant scale”.

Opponents to the decision have long argued that such decisions have little effect, and in some cases such as the blocking of The Pirate Bay last year, can actually have the opposite effect where traffic not only returned to normal, but actually increased after the ruling.

Speaking after Thursdays decision BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor said:

The growth of digital music in the UK is held back by a raft of illegal businesses commercially exploiting music online without permission.

Blocking illegal sites helps ensure that the legal digital market can grow and labels can continue to sign and develop new talent.

The BBC report also pointed out that a market research firm NPD has suggested that there had been a large reduction in the number of users illegally downloading music, with users instead favouring legal options like streaming site Spotify. However, their report did fail to mention that services like Spotify has only become a viable legal option since recently and has still yet to roll out in other countries.

UK Court orders blocking of more “illegal” websites – Neowin.