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Businesses need protection from cyber-attacks

Businesses need protection from cyber-attacks

News, Security
ZIMBABWEAN businesses are facing multiple cyber-attacks due to cash crisis and heightened use of digital and mobile banking platforms, Allianz Cyber Insurance expert, Nobuhle Nkosi, has said. Presenting at the Insurance Institute of Zimbabwe annual conference in Victoria Falls last week, Nkosi said the October 2017 real time analysis of cyber threats indicated that businesses in the country were open to over 10 different types of infections — a testimony of monumental cyber risk. “With the cash crisis that Zimbabwe is grappling with, there has been a heightened use of digital and mobile banking platforms. This increasing interconnectivity of everyday devices and growing reliance on technology and real-time data at consumer and business levels is convenient but also increases risks fo
Face ID has a cool feature you probably haven’t even discovered yet

Face ID has a cool feature you probably haven’t even discovered yet

Gizmos, Security
Apple has had a string of solid and, at times, impressive iPhone releases over the past few years. Still, it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a new iPhone model actually stir up some genuine excitement amongst iPhone users. Sure, camera technology on the iPhone has improved tremendously over the past few years, but the overall look and feel of the iPhone itself has essentially remained unchanged since the iPhone 6 was released more than three years ago. As far as new features are concerned, you might have to go as far back as Touch ID on the iPhone 5s before coming across a new iPhone feature that managed to generate some genuine buzz on its own. The iPhone X, therefore, is a welcome breath of fresh air. Sporting an edgeless OLED display and a new facial recogniti
Facebook, WhatsApp refuse to give Chinamasa private data access

Facebook, WhatsApp refuse to give Chinamasa private data access

Security
The World's largest messaging platform WhatsApp and its parent company, Facebook have refused to give the Zimbabwean government access to private user data. In the recent development Zimbabwe, became the latest country to be given the cold shoulder. The Zimbabwean government recently set up a separate ministry to perform the job of a junior police officer in policing the social media. ZimEye last week telephoned the Cyber Crime Minister Patrick Chinamasa to ask him on his new role. He answered and began the interview following an introduction; but upon being questioned on the role of spying on people, he became mum. Upon further questions being raised on his abilities for the new task, he hung the phone up. In the US, FBI Director Christopher Wray disclosed that encryption has ...
HE PERFECTED A PASSWORD-HACKING TOOL—THEN THE RUSSIANS CAME CALLING

HE PERFECTED A PASSWORD-HACKING TOOL—THEN THE RUSSIANS CAME CALLING

News, Security
FIVE YEARS AGO, Benjamin Delpy walked into his room at the President Hotel in Moscow, and found a man dressed in a dark suit with his hands on Delpy's laptop. Just a few minutes earlier, the then 25-year-old French programmer had made a quick trip to the front desk to complain about the room's internet connection. He had arrived two days ahead of a talk he was scheduled to give at a nearby security conference and found that there was no Wi-Fi, and the ethernet jack wasn't working. Downstairs, one of the hotel's staff insisted he wait while a technician was sent up to fix it. Delpy refused, and went back to wait in the room instead. When he returned, as Delpy tells it, he was shocked to find the stranger standing at the room's desk, a small black rollerboard suitcase by his side, his ...
South Africa hacked: about 30 million ID numbers leaked

South Africa hacked: about 30 million ID numbers leaked

Security
Just after we introduce a Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation,our neighbour South Africa gets what seems to be its largest data breach in history; what are the odds? If I didn’t know any better I’d say it’s the Zim government trying to prove a point but well… A few days ago, about 30-million identity numbers and other personal such as personal income, age, employment history, company directorships, race group, marital status, occupation, employer, previous addresses as well as financial information was hacked and then leaked on the internet. That’s massive! I mean the whole Zimbabwean population amounts to 16 million (lets work with that), that’s like half the number of people whose privacy has been breached in South Africa. In f
Silicon Valley Fund Invests In South African Mobile Security Firm

Silicon Valley Fund Invests In South African Mobile Security Firm

Security
Silicon Valley-based investment firm Endeavor Catalyst has backed South African authentication and app security company Entersekt through a funding round that was realized in September. The successful funding round was a first for Endeavor Catalyst in South Africa, according to BusinessTech. The South African mobile security solutions firm is led by entrepreneurs Schalk and Dewald Nolte. They develop push-based authentication and app security technology to protect clients in several industries, including banking. Entersekt’s products include a platform called Transakt, which enables a one-touch user experience. Entersekt’s clients include First Bank of Colorado, Absa, Nedbank, Capitec, Investec, Swisscard, Equity Bank, Ecobank, and Pluscard, according to TechCentral.
Conservancy Rangers Turn To Tech To Save Africa’s Wildlife

Conservancy Rangers Turn To Tech To Save Africa’s Wildlife

News, Security
 Josephine Ekiru is not nostalgic for the past. Growing up in northern Kenya in an impoverished home, she was surrounded by violence and loss. People regularly killed the wildlife she loved, and they killed each other. Tribal clashes stoked by resource scarcity and decades-long vendettas were the norm.   “The only thing I was seeing was death,” Ekiru recalls. “I grew up thinking, ‘One day, I’ll tell my people that conflict is not good, that it only takes us in a circle of poverty.’” Luckily in 2011, when Ekiru was 24 years old, she discovered the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), an organization composed of community conservancies in Kenya. Those animal conservancies reject violence in favor of peace, sustainability and responsible, shared management of land and wildlife. R
Nearly half of U.S. teens prefer Snapchat over other social media

Nearly half of U.S. teens prefer Snapchat over other social media

Security, Social Media, What's Hot
Snapchat is more popular among U.S. teens than ever, according to new research from investment firm Piper Jaffray. The company surveys teens in the U.S. about their media habits every spring and fall. This fall’s survey found that 47 percent of surveyed teens say Snapchat is their preferred social media, up from 39 percent in the spring. Way back in the spring of 2015, Snapchat was their least preferred social media platform. And Instagram hasn’t been the most popular platform since 2015, according to the survey data. Recently Snapchat has seen increased pressure from Instagram, which, along with parent Facebook, has been copying Snapchat’s features. The move has been paying off as Instagram has eaten away at Snapchat’s share of new users in the U.S., according to data from Adobe.--r
Social media South Africa 2018, are we ready?

Social media South Africa 2018, are we ready?

Media, Security, Social Media, What's Hot
I recently attended Arthur Goldstuck's presentation on the SA Social Media Landscape 2018. From research conducted by World Wide Worx and Ornico, 118 of South Africa's largest businesses shared information on their social media, digital strategy and future plans. What stood out for me was the potential for brands on YouTube. Plus a bigger question, are some businesses still not prepared for social media integration? For someone in the industry it was heartening to see the positive growth statistics of social media in South Africa over the last year. What’s gone up? Facebook is now used by 97% of big business, a rise from 91% in 2016, Instagram from 62% to 71.6% and LinkedIn from 63% to 71.6%. Corporate blogs grew from 24% to 36% this year and we can look forward to 8% more businesses ad
Bitcoin’s rise in African markets is driven by an old Russian ponzi scheme

Bitcoin’s rise in African markets is driven by an old Russian ponzi scheme

FinTech, Security, What's Hot
“Welcome to the System! Together we will change the world!” These are the words I found scrawled at the bottom of a web page, right next to a picture of Sergei Mavrodi, a convicted Russian fraudster infamous for operating Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (or MMM), one of the world’s largest ponzi schemes. Two decades after MMM was shut down, the organization reemerged under new branding, as a technology-driven “financial mutual-aid network” that uses Bitcoin to provide its members up to 100% returns on their contributions. If MMM’s participation numbers are to be believed—they claim to have over 200 million participants—they may be one of the biggest drivers of Bitcoin adoption in the world today, especially in low-income areas. Bitcoin may not be an unalloyed good for the developing world.
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