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It Might Soon Be Illegal For Political Parties To Access Personal Mobile Numbers

It Might Soon Be Illegal For Political Parties To Access Personal Mobile Numbers

Applications, News, Security, Telecomms
Data breaches and invasion of privacy are rarely discussions that captivate the majority of Zimbabwean audiences but last year there was one invasion that seemed to stir up the hornet’s nest. During the 2018 campaign season, ZANU-PF decided it would be a very good idea to send some mobile network subscribers very personal SMSs which seemed to indicate the party had knowledge of where these candidates in particular stayed. People were pissed off and ZANU-PFs excuse that the messages were sent to party members who had registered to receive them at party meetings didn’t really cut it as most of the people (myself included) had not been to any party meeting. With all this in mind, it will come as a relief to many that a bill has been passed making it illegal for poli
4 Reasons Why WhatsApp Will Never Be 100% Secure

4 Reasons Why WhatsApp Will Never Be 100% Secure

Applications, Security, Social Media
We have often talked about other versions of WhatsApp and the risks associated with using them. We have read, heard or seen one of the most compelling arguments that the end to end encryption on WhatsApp makes it almost impossible for anyone to hack your WhatsApp. A few days ago, I learnt that a serious hacker just needed a video call to hack into your phone at one point. Facebook fixed the bug sometime in October 2018 after it had been discovered in August by some sites. This has made me realise that nothing is perfect. And no matter what we are made to believe, these 4 reasons will always make WhatsApp partially secure 1.Bugs Ever since I learnt about the Video call Bug, that could allow a hacker to access my phone, I have been wondering what other bugs may hackers take advantage of....
Cyber Security Workforce Gap Is Huge: Over 2.9 Million Workers Needed

Cyber Security Workforce Gap Is Huge: Over 2.9 Million Workers Needed

Jobs, Security
(ISC)²’s Cyber Security Workforce Study for 2018 had some interesting revelations regarding the state of the cybersecurity workforce. There might a be a cybersecurity crisis on the horizon is action isn’t taken anytime soon. There’s also a pretty sweet silver lining. Worldwide there’s a shortage of nearly 3 million workers in cybersecurity. Europe, Africa and the Middle East could do with over 140 thousand workers in this space, whilst in the biggest demand lies in Asia which was found lacking 2.14 million cybersecurity workers. 59% of organizations surveyed indicated that their organization is at extreme or moderate risk due to cybersecurity staff shortage. Unfortunately, 39% of companies studied said they didn’t expect to make any changes regarding their cybersecurity staff. What’s th

Benin Internet Shutdown Repeats Pattern of Government Censorship Across Africa

Security
  When authorities in Benin turned off the country’s internet during parliamentary elections Sunday, they became the ninth African government to restrict access this year. The outages last hours or days and may target specific services — or the entire internet. Governments don’t often explain the outages, but when they do, they focus on the need for security and civil order. The shutdowns usually accompany protests, demonstrations and elections. But data from The NetBlocks Group, a nonpartisan organization that tracks global internet freedom and monitors outages, indicate the serious economic and social impacts of even a short outage. 'A blunt violation' In Benin, a one-day shutdown costs the country $1.54 million, according to d

Creepy malware found on Android and iOS that can steal your photos and passwords

Applications, Security
The malware, dubbed Exodus, was discovered by Security Without Borders, who first found it in Android smartphones. Hacker (Image: Getty) A terrifying new strain of malware has been discovered in both Android and iOS apps, that can steal all your personal data.The malware, dubbed Exodus, was discovered by Security Without Borders, who first found it in Android smartphones . It was hidden inside files in several apps on the Google Play Store, which once installed on a smartphone, could infect the smartphones.The infected app firstly collects basic details about the phone, such as the phone number and IMEI number. Android logo (Image: Bloomberg)  This information is then sent to a control server, which launches multiple binary packages aimed at tracking the devi
Zim Government 25 Years Behind Private Sector When It Comes To Web Presence

Zim Government 25 Years Behind Private Sector When It Comes To Web Presence

Media, News, Security
This is a Guest Post and does not necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of Techzim. We have a strong filtering process of what makes it to our blog and are confident that you’ll enjoy the article below. Zimbabwe has a mobile penetration rate of 102.7 percent (according to PORTAZ January 2018) meaning over 100 percent of the Zimbabwean population has access to the internet, which is the biggest source of information. There is now a need for every sector of our government to have a web presence. The flagship ministry of our government the Ministry of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services that does not have a basic website or an online presence, this is where the problem starts. So where is the source of this nations information if our information ministry does not have the
Standard Bank Closing 91 Branches, The Robots Are Here To Take Our Jobs!

Standard Bank Closing 91 Branches, The Robots Are Here To Take Our Jobs!

Applications, Breaking News, FinTech, Jobs, News, Security, What's Hot
Dramatic title aside, automation has been a very touchy subject over the past few years and recent developments at Standard Bank SA won’t do anything to halt people’s animosity towards the digital transition the world is going through right now. The bank has announced that they will be closing off 91 branches and this is expected to affect 1200 jobs. Why? Well, put simply the bank has said they are revising their business model and because similar measures were taken in Zimbabwe last year (though not at a similar scale), this doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. Standard Bank had the following to say about this move: As part of the implementation of the new banking delivery model, some of the roles currently being performed in our branches will change. These changes will impact ap
Econet Explains What Happened to Their Network On Monday: Something Happened In Masvingo

Econet Explains What Happened to Their Network On Monday: Something Happened In Masvingo

Media, Mobile Money, News, Security
Most of the day on Monday a lot of Econet subscribers could not make calls, send SMS messages, check their balance and worse could not use the USSD platform to perform EcoCash transactions. According to the Herald, Econet issued a statement last night explaining what happened. Well unless the Herald skimmed off the actual explanation, none was given really. None that makes sense anyway. They just told us what we went through: The Herald says: In a statement released last night, the mobile giant said the fault initially resulted in call failures in the Masvingo region only, but later escalated to a nation-wide problem following an abnormal surge in traffic, which led to instability on its key network systems. Wait, what did you say exactly? There was a nation
ZANU-PF Summons Admins Of Its Social Media Platforms For A Disciplinary Meeting. Scary?

ZANU-PF Summons Admins Of Its Social Media Platforms For A Disciplinary Meeting. Scary?

Security
Yesterday, the ruling party Zanu-PF summoned administrators (Admins) of its social media platforms for a hearing meeting that’s scheduled for this coming Saturday. Party members are reportedly abusing their use of social media, much to the party’s annoyance. So perhaps Admins are needed so as to control the content posted by party members. The letter, dated 5 March 2019, read: Should you be scared of legislation that requires you to register as an Admin? This action taken by Zanu-PF probably sent chills down some people’s spines. They probably start to think that maybe Zanu-PF, as it is the ruling party and has a majority in the parliament, would one day come up with some weird legislation that requires social media admins to register with the governmentjust like wh
Huawei exec pokes fun at US spying, Snowden at tech show

Huawei exec pokes fun at US spying, Snowden at tech show

Gizmos, Security
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A top executive at Chinese tech supplier Huawei poked fun at U.S. intelligence on Tuesday as he sought to reassure people attending the world’s biggest mobile industry fair that the company’s technology is secure. Guo Ping, Huawei’s rotating chairman, used his keynote speech at MWC Barcelona to fight back against U.S. allegations that the company’s technology poses a national security risk to next-generation mobile networks. “PRISM, PRISM, on the wall, who is the most trustworthy of them all?” Guo said, in a reference to a U.S. data gathering program. “If you don’t understand that, you can go ask Edward Snowden,” he said, referring to the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed the program in 2013. Under the PRISM program, the NSA, pursuan
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