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New smartphone app combats identity theft

15 July 2016

Expert System is among the partners of the international Sypcit project, coordinated by Adiconsum with the support of Italy’s Guardia di Finanza, to prevent identity theft with a smartphone app

– Expert System (EXSY.MI), the leader in multilingual cognitive computing technology for the effective management of unstructured information, is among the partners of Sypcit, a project to promote new models and tools for preventing online identity theft, co-funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General of Home Affairs and coordinated by the Italian consumer association Adiconsum in collaboration with the University of Rome Tor Vergata’s Department of Civil Engineering and Computer Engineering, Expert System and Kaspersky Lab Italy, and the Romanian consumer association InfoCons, with the invaluable support of the Technology Fraud Unit of Italy’s financial police, the Guardia di Finanza.


At the heart of the Sypcit project is an app created for consumers and a platform developed for the Italian police force.

Known as “MP-Shield”, the app was designed for consumers and is available for free to anyone with a smartphone on the Android system. It enables internet navigation with a heightened awareness of the possible risks: automatic tools that monitor data exchange activities, whether clear or operating in the background of a user’s device, ensures secure navigation. For example, the user will be immediately alerted if a phishing email has been opened (video link), or when entering personal information on sites considered malicious or potentially unsafe by the Sypcit platform.

The Sypcit platform was conceived as a tool for Italian law enforcement. At the base of its functionality is a system of semantic analysis for web sources that categorizes and classifies content according to a set of criteria to automatically identify potential risks. This will allow investigators to take advantage of material that has already been structured and analyzed so that they can work more effectively and with greater focus.

“We are very pleased to have been part of the development of such an interesting and timely project for the mobile community,” commented Luca Scagliarini, CMO, Expert System. “It is a solid example of the advantages that the cognitive and artificial intelligence technologies at the base of our Cogito platform can offer for the automatic analysis of information, even in very sensitive environments such as online identity theft prevention.”

Additional information on the Sypcit project, including materials and multimedia tools, are available to consumers   at www.sypcit.it. A conference on Sypcit will be held on September 5, 2016 in Milan at the Palazzo delle Stelline.