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Apps caught secretly recording smartphone screens

Apps caught secretly recording smartphone screens

Applications, Security
A number of apps are recording people’s phone screens and sending the information out to third parties, claim scientists investigating smartphone surveillance. Researchers have found that some of the most popular Android apps are recording videos and screenshots and sending it to other companies, without the user's knowledge. "Our study reveals several alarming privacy risks in the Android app ecosystem, including apps that over-provision their media permissions and apps that share image and video data with other parties in unexpected ways, without user knowledge or consent," said Elleen Pan, one of the computer science academics at Northeastern University behind the study. The team found 21...--telegraph
Google Accused Of Allowing Third-party App Developers To Read People’s Emails In Gmail

Google Accused Of Allowing Third-party App Developers To Read People’s Emails In Gmail

Applications, Security
Google has been accused of allowing third-party app developers access to users private messages in Gmail. While the report says that it is primarily done to offer a better experience to users and makes several new features available to users, the app developers can view sensitive and private details including the recipient’s e-mail id, timestamps, the entire body of the mails for millions of Gmail users. According to The Verge, the third-party Gmail apps require user consent to access and read the emails, however, allowing them doesn’t guarantee that emails would only be seen by machines and not the human developers at these companies. Some companies do allow human developers to skim through your emails, of which Google is one of them. But Google said it only accesses emails in very spe
This fingerprint-verified padlock is extremely easy to hack

This fingerprint-verified padlock is extremely easy to hack

Applications, Gizmos, Security
We here at The Verge have tried to warn everyone about smart locks, particularly smart locks that rely on fingerprints for authentication. The TappLock is one such lock that was crowdfunded on Indiegogo and is now available to buy. And unsurprisingly, it’s incredibly easy to physically and virtually hack. YouTuber JerryRigEverything proved that he could pull the lock apart using just a sticky GoPro mount, while cybersecurity company PenTest Partners found that the actual code and digital authentication methods for the lock were basically nonexistent. All someone would need to unlock the lock is its Bluetooth Low Energy MAC address, which the lock itself broadcasts. Essentially, the lock doesn’t encrypt any of its data, leaving anyone who’s looking for it all the information they’d need
Zimbabwe Banned From Accessing New York Stock Exchange Website

Zimbabwe Banned From Accessing New York Stock Exchange Website

Security
The largest equities-based exchange in the world, The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has banned users in Zimbabwean from accessing its website. NYSE has blocked the country’s IP address hence its preventing people located in Zimbabwe from accessing NYSE’s website. Check out what; IP address blocking can be used to restrict access to or from a particular geographic area. For example, the syndication of content to a specific region. To achieve this, IP addresses are mapped to the countries they have been assigned to. This has been used for example to target Nigerian IP addresses due to the perception that all business originating from the country is fraudulent, thus making it extremely difficult for legitimate businesses based in the country to interact with their counterparts in the res

How To Check Your Vote Registration On Voters Roll Online

Applications, News, Security, What's Hot
You can now check online if you are registered to vote in the upcoming general elections.  Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has recruited the services of technology so that prospective voters can save time by going to designated locations to check if they are registered. How do I check If I’m registered? You simply need to follow this link or just type the address: http://bvrinspection.zec.org.zw:4328/zecvr2/ When the page opens, you put your surname first  And then you put your National ID or the serial number you were given when you registered for the BVR (Biometric Voter Registration) Then hit enter, and you see for yourself if you are registered The following info should display If any of the information displayed is incorrect
Entrepreneur Writes To Strive Masiyiwa And POTRAZ, Says Econet Stole His Idea

Entrepreneur Writes To Strive Masiyiwa And POTRAZ, Says Econet Stole His Idea

News, Security, Start Ups, Telecomms
When startups pitch to big companies there is usually some fear on their end as they are afraid of getting their ideas stolen and them being left in the dust. One such person who claims they were affected by this is Ignatius Munengwa. He claims Econet stole an idea he pitched to them back in 2011. Last year, he took the telecommunications giant to court over the issue (the issue is not yet resolved in court) and it seems now he is back! He has sent a letter of complaint to POTRAZ (the regulator for all telecommunication companies in the country) over the same issue and seems to be fighting his battle on two fronts now. A quick recap… In 2011 M Comm pitched a security response product called ‘Panic Button.’ This product was supposed to be linked to security companies’ rapid response
Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Collects Data on Non-Users

Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Collects Data on Non-Users

News, Security, Social Media
We've already learned quite a bit from Mark Zuckerberg's grilling on Capitol Hill. But Zuckerberg also revealed another fact that is sure to worry anyone who doesn't use Facebook. As many already suspected, Facebook collects data about non-users, too. During Zuckerberg's Wednesday appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Ben Lujan asked him whether or not Facebook collected data on users who did not have an account. "In general we collect data on people who are not signed up for Facebook for security purposes," Zuckerberg said. Lujan asked if these are what is known as "shadow profiles," but Zuckerberg said he is "not familiar" with that term. Lujan pointed out that, "You've said everyone controls their data, but you're collecting data on people that are
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
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