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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
ZRP speaks on VPN

ZRP speaks on VPN

Security
Police has urged members of the public to disregard messages circulating on social media alleging that the force was investigating certain individuals for using Virtual Private Network (VPN) during the violent MDC Alliance led protests recently. In a statement, chief police spokesperson Commissioner Charity Charamba said such messages were fake. “The Zimbabwe Republic Police wishes to inform the general public that a message circulating on social media purported to have originated from the ZRP advising certain members of the public that they are being investigated by the police on unauthorized use of Virtual Private Network (VPN) is fake. “In the fake message, some members of the public are being advised to surrender their passports and any other travelling documents in their poss
Hackers Gain Access To Peter Ndlovu’s Phone

Hackers Gain Access To Peter Ndlovu’s Phone

Security
Peter Ndlovu’s has become the latest celebrity victim of cellphone hackers. Mamelodi Sundowns have issued yet another warning regarding their phones being hacked. The Brazilians have since confirmed that Peter Ndlovu’s is the latest victim of the scammers. “ALERT: Coach Pitso Mosimane, Peter Ndlovu & Kennedy Mweene’s phones have all been hacked. Don’t send any money to the scammers,” Sundowns said on their official Twitter account. Sundowns players have been targeted by criminals over the past year. The likes of Themba Zwane, Andile Jali and Mosa Lebusa have fallen victims to the scammers who target players and coaches.--techunzipped
Goverment Mulls Public Consultation On Cyber Crime Bill

Goverment Mulls Public Consultation On Cyber Crime Bill

Security
The Zimbabwean government said it will consult the public over the Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Bill shortly, Chronicle reported. The Information and Communication Technology Parliamentary Portfolio Committee said the bill seeks to provide for and to consolidate cyber-related offences with due regard to the Declaration of Rights under the Constitution and the public and national interests. The bill will enable investigation and collection of evidence of cyber-crime, the admissibility of electronic evidence for such offences, create a technology-driven business environment and encourage technological development and the lawful use of technology. Committee chairman Chalton Hwende said it is waiting for the bill to be submitted before Parliament by the drafters. Submissions are expect...
ZRP Says They Are Far From Ready To Fight Cyber-Crime

ZRP Says They Are Far From Ready To Fight Cyber-Crime

News, Security
2018 has been the year of card cloning. With Zimbabwe’s rapid acceleration to ‘cash-less economy’ status the amount of cyber-crime that has come with this cashless-ness has been a clear indicator of the fact that the government did not deliberately plan for a digital economy but instead stumbled upon one. “Our hands are tied” ZRP seems to be echoing these sentiments as the Superintendent of the ZRPs General Crime Division (Cyber Crime) –Amos Tavaziva- admitted that the police force’s hands are tied when it comes to cyber-crime: Use of plastic money to ease liquidity challenges has also come with its fair share of challenges as cyber-crimes have also increased in the country. advertisement We need modern equipment and expertise to help us in gathering evidence. We have to rely
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