Cybersecurity

WhatsApp reportedly refused to build a backdoor for the UK govt

Messaging service WhatsApp rejected a UK Government request to create a way to access encrypted messages earlier this year, reports Sky News, citing an anonymous security source.

Hackers hid malware in CCleaner antivirus software

Hackers have successfully breached CCleaner’s security to inject malware into the antivirus app and distribute it to million of users.

Equifax announces CEO, CIO have left

Equifax said on Friday that it made changes in its top management as part of its review of a massive data breach, with two technology and security executives leaving the company “effective immediately.”

China to create national cybersecurity database

China said on Wednesday it will create a national data repository for information on cyber attacks and require telecom firms, internet companies and domain name providers to report threats to it.

Man jailed for teaching Islam online

A member of a Muslim minority group has been sentenced to two years in a Chinese prison after forming online discussions groups to teach about Islam.

Russian MP’s son pleads guilty to cybercrimes

The son of a Russian MP has pleaded guilty in the US to being part of a $50m cybercrime racket.

Game of Thrones season 7 pirated ‘more than a billion times’

After breaking records for HBO in its season finale, it is claimed that the latest Game of Thrones series has so far been pirated more than one billion times.

Association calls for proper implementation of Cybercrime Act

The Information Technology System and Security Professionals (ITSSP), on Monday, called for proper implementation of the Cybercrime Act 2015.

Scammers dupe Canadian varsity of $9.5m

A Canadian university said Friday it was swindled out of nearly Can$12 million (US$9.5m) in an online phishing scam that fooled staff into transferring funds into the wrong bank accounts.

Uganda to switch off two million unregistered SIM cards

Over 2 million unregistered Sim cards in Uganda will be switched off on August 30, the Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, told a press conference. The PM further said that no extension would be granted.

Nigeria ranks 3rd in global cybercrimes after UK, US – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday revealed that Nigeria was currently ranked globally as the third most notorious perpetrators of cyber-crime attacks after the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) which are both on the top list.

IBM blockchain project adds Nestle, Tyson, and other food companies

Nestle, Unilever, Tyson Foods, and other large food and retail companies have joined IBM’s project to explore how blockchain technology can help track food supply chains and improve safety, the companies said in a joint statement today.

President calls for tougher internet controls

Vietnamese President Tran Quang has called for tougher controls on the internet in the face of dissidents who are using it to criticise the ruling Communist Party, and to combat threats to cyber security.

Cisco shares drop as security business revenue misses estimates

Cisco’s quarterly revenue in its closely-watched security business missed analysts’ estimates, raising concerns about the world’s largest networking gear maker’s efforts to transform into a software-focused company.

Experts to tackle effect of cybercrime on businesses – coordinator

Mr. Tayo Adewusi, Coordinator, Africa Digital Forum and Awards (ADA), on Sunday in Lagos said that cyber security had become a crucial factor to business growth.

Man called cyberattack hero faces charges he created malware

A self-taught computer-security researcher credited with stopping a devastating cyberattack that crippled British hospitals in May was arrested on charges that he created malware used to hack banking systems in Canada and Europe, the U.S. said.

WannaCry researcher arrested by FBI for his role in Kronos malware campaign

According to friends, the first clues came when Hutchins failed to text from the airport. “He was radio-silent before his flight which is very unusual,” one friend told The Verge, “and he wasn’t on the Wi-Fi on the plane.”

FBI arrests hacker who stopped NHS cyberattack

The FBI has arrested a British cybersecurity researcher credited with helping to stop the global WannaCry ransomware attack.

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NIS commences e-registration of immigrants

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