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Can Someone Reset Your EcoCash Pin Without Knowing Your Old One?

Can Someone Reset Your EcoCash Pin Without Knowing Your Old One?

Security
Issues that have to do with money have always been sensitive. People quickly panic whenever they figure out that their money is at risk, this is why institutions that deal with money (at whatever level) are ever under scrutiny. As such, EcoCash is one of those… This morning I got a call from a friend who was telling me that the *151*# EcoCash code could let you access your EcoCash menu even without being prompted to provide a pin. This was quite alarming considering that your pin is the only thing that verifies and gives you access to your account. Had EcoCash not been the most used payment platform (more than 90% of transactions in Zimbabwe) we’d have been less worried. Advertisement Also remember that with EcoCash, you can easily have access to your bank account (if linked,
Public Notice: ZIMRA Apologises For Systems Failure, Guarantees To Restore Operations

Public Notice: ZIMRA Apologises For Systems Failure, Guarantees To Restore Operations

Security
ZIMRA’s systems have been down for over a month now. Operations have been heavily affected and the most visibly at the borders, Beitbridge border post to be more precise. This unfortunately is/was the worst time for the system to be down seeing that December always has high traffic coming from South Africa (for the festive season) and hence the losses are unprecedented. Nonetheless, ZIMRA has issued out a public notice in the press apologising and assuring the public that they are on it. Below is the notice as it appeared in the newspaper: ZIMRA SYSTEMS UPDATE The systems utilised by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority’s (ZIMRA) ,stakeholders and clients have not been stable and available as expected, and this has negatively affected operations. The system challen
It Has Taken 12 Years To Come Up With The Cyber Security Bill. Let’s Get It Over And Done With

It Has Taken 12 Years To Come Up With The Cyber Security Bill. Let’s Get It Over And Done With

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. The text below is the body of a letter that was written by ZICT Chairman, Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi and sent to the Speaker of Parliament, the Clerk of Parliament and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on ICT. The letter also went to the Office of the President and Cabinet and the AG’s office. From the computer on your desks, the cars that we drive, and the phones that we carry, the planes we fly, the banks that hold your money, the hospitals that keep us alive and the very infrastructure that makes our Zimbabwe cities run. The basis of our modern lives should be the reaso
A Netflix Television Show, A Catalyst For Teenage Suicide?

A Netflix Television Show, A Catalyst For Teenage Suicide?

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Trigger warning: this article contains language about suicide that some readers may find disturbing. A 15-year old girl died following reports that the teenager committed suicide which the father believes was under the influence of Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” and wants the show cancelled as soon as possible. John Herndon, the father of the teenager who took her own life recently told Radar Online, “I’m still completely disgusted”, the father went on to blame Selena Gomez who is believed to be the brains behind the show, financing it. The father told the world that his daughter had been watching the series shortly before her death and he believed 13 Reasons Why was the trigger to her daughter’s suicide. He went on to say “Remember that there are teens out there that are in a little darker
Government to Use Technology to Cut Costs and Reduce Corruption

Government to Use Technology to Cut Costs and Reduce Corruption

Security
Yes again this is an article based on the 2018 National Budget. Sometimes as citizens we do not probe much into these national documents and hence fail to hold public officers accountable to their pronouncements. Consider this to be a stimulant for you to think about what’s going on in our country and to level expectations towards the government. So, in his budget presentation Patrick Chinamasa mentioned the word technology a few times: Security at Government Premises Chinamasa proposed that the government should move away from contracting private companies to provide security services at government buildings and properties which is costing the fiscus $15.3 million per year. He proposes that the police provide this service in the interim. He proceeds to say: Government is, theref
Avondale Police To Install CCTVs Around The Neighbourhood

Avondale Police To Install CCTVs Around The Neighbourhood

Security
If you are a Zimbabwean motorist (well, no, just about anyone who uses the road) you’ll still be heaving a sigh of relief that the police have disappeared from the road. So menacing had they become that court cases were even in the process of being lodged against them to try and ease the rent-seeking behaviour that they’d made us accustomed to. Since the ‘coup-not-coup’ the ZRP have been as scarce as the US dollar and though this brings joy to many of us, sadly thieves and muggers also have been celebrating. Though not just related to the disappearance of the police from the streets there have been challenges in various neighbourhoods, especially ‘smash and grabs’, where thieves have been capitalising for some time now. Mostly targeting vehicles at traffic lights and/or intersections
Zimbabwe Defence Forces And Security Services Being Trained To Fight Cyber Crime

Zimbabwe Defence Forces And Security Services Being Trained To Fight Cyber Crime

Security, What's Hot
One hundred and sixty-three students from the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ), Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) graduated at the School of Military Police in Bulawayo. They were being trained in online investigations to curb cybercrime. Speaking at the graduation Brigadier-General Fidelis Mhonda said cybercrime was one of the biggest threats that Zimbabwe was facing. Said General Mhonda: Cybercrime is one of the greatest threats now facing our country and has enormous implications for our national security, economic prosperity and public safety. The courses were primarily meant to impart and synchronise investigation techniques in tandem with current crime trends incorporating cyber and white col...
Powertel unveils vehicle tracking, fleet management solutions

Powertel unveils vehicle tracking, fleet management solutions

Security, Telecomms
POWERTEL Communications has launched a state-of-the-art communication solution for vehicle tracking and fleet management under its broad product category of Internet of Things (IOT). The new innovation – PowerTrack – offers the full fleet management package ideal for use by administration managers with a large pool of vehicles to monitor in their organisations. Powertel marketing manager Prosper Mutswiri said of the innovation: “We have full confidence of the PowerTrack Fleet Management solution in providing visibility of your vehicles anywhere in Zimbabwe and beyond the border into the region. It is a must-have solution as it offers any business a plethora of benefits including reduced operating cost through real-time monitoring, fuel management and driver behaviour monitoring, geo-
iPhone X Face ID security peeled away again by ‘artificial twin’ mask

iPhone X Face ID security peeled away again by ‘artificial twin’ mask

Gizmos, Security
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, I'll take a Galaxy S8 iPhone X Face ID security peeled away again by 'artificial twin' mask APPLE'S FACE ID has been fooled once again using a $200 mask from researchers from Bkav, the same clever folk who fooled the iPhone X's party piece the first time around. The cybersecurity researchers from Vietnam used a mask constructed from stone paper, as opposed to the plastic material used in the previous mask, and glued 2D images of eyes onto the fake face. Dubbed the "artificial twin" Bkav noted that the mask is easy enough for anyone to build, as in what could be a mild translation borkage, the "materials and tools are casual for anyone". Once the mask was set up to match an iPhone X's owner's f
‘Zim fertile ground for hackers’

‘Zim fertile ground for hackers’

Security, What's Hot
ZIMBABWE is recognised by the global hacking community as a “low hanging fruit” meaning that the country’s information technology systems are an easy target, leaving financial and business systems very vulnerable to attack, a new report has shown. The Zimbabwe Information and Communication Technologies (ZICT)’s recent internet security threat report stated that Zimbabwe is recognised by the hacking community of the world as an easy target. “In simple terms, this means that experienced hackers, student hackers, script kiddies, State-sponsored hackers, researchers in offensive security and even kids on the internet will definitely try to hack into servers and network devices on the internet that are within the Zimbabwean allocated address range,” Robert Shoniwa said, ZICT member and chai
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