Cybersecurity

President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down social media companies after Twitter labeled two of his tweets misleading sets up a fresh challenge for platforms as they struggle to deal with political misinformation during a toxic election campaign.

Twitter says passwords spared in yesterday’s attack

Twitter says it has “no evidence” user passwords were accessed as part of yesterday’s massive attack targeting the company’s internal tools, but it is still working to restore access to locked accounts. The updates were shared as part of a series of tweets posted Thursday afternoon.
Mozilla’s VPN service has officially launched and is now available for Windows and Android in six countries worldwide, including the US, Canada, and the UK, the company announced today.

Mozilla’s VPN launches out of beta on Windows and Android

Mozilla’s VPN service has officially launched and is now available for Windows and Android in six countries worldwide, including the US, Canada, and the UK, the company announced today. The service is available for $4.99 a month, and, like other VPNs, it’s designed to make your web-browsing more private and secure. As part of the move, the service is being rebranded from Firefox Private Network to Mozilla VPN, a change that was announced last month.
5G phone masts are being set alight in the UK, after online conspiracy theories have misleadingly linked the cell towers to the coronavirus pandemic.

France begins to sideline Huawei from mobile networks

France’s decision to give only temporary security approval for fifth-generation mobile equipment shows the government intends to gradually sideline Huawei Technologies Co., a majority party lawmaker said.
China’s Huawei has had to battle suspicions and worries about the security of its networking equipment for many years, which most recently culminated in it being placed on a US blacklist by the Trump administration.

US sanctions make Huawei more of a security risk – UK report

The report “is likely to force Boris Johnson to abandon the company entirely,” according to The Telegraph. A source told Bloomberg that the British prime minister is preparing to phase out Huawei as soon as this year, although the exact timetable is reportedly yet to be confirmed.
Safari on the MacBook on MacOS Sierra, using Apple Pay. Apple

Researcher reveals Mac privacy bug, blasts Apple for ‘security theater’

When Apple announced its Security Bounty Program last year, researchers lined up to locate potentially dangerous bugs in the company’s platforms, keeping them secret in exchange for potentially large payouts

Google removes malicious browser add-ons from Chrome Web Store after 32 million downloads

A newly discovered spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of extensions to Google’s market-leading Chrome web browser, researchers at Awake Security told Reuters, highlighting the tech industry’s failure to protect browsers as they are used more for email, payroll and other sensitive functions.
A bug in Android means that setting a certain image as your phone’s wallpaper could be enough to crash it.

Users discover wallpaper that can crash some Android phones

A bug in Android means that setting a certain image as your phone’s wallpaper could be enough to crash it. The issue gained widespread attention over the weekend after leaker Ice Universe tweeted the image that causes the issue, and the bug has since been verified by 9to5Google and Android Authority. Ice Universe says that the bug affects Samsung handsets in particular, but it’s also been replicated on Google Pixel phones, among others.
Australia has expressed concern over “malicious” hacking attacks across the world by cyber criminals and state-based actors targeting hospitals, medical services and facilities as well as crisis response organisations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia expresses concern over ‘malicious’ cyber attack on hospitals

Australia has expressed concern over “malicious” hacking attacks across the world by cyber criminals and state-based actors targeting hospitals, medical services and facilities as well as crisis response organisations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Donald Trump has extended his executive order banning US companies from working with or buying telecommunications equipment from companies deemed a national security risk until May 2021, via Reuters.

Donald Trump extends Huawei ban through May 2021

President Donald Trump has extended his executive order banning US companies from working with or buying telecommunications equipment from companies deemed a national security risk until May 2021, via Reuters.
Zoom has acquired Keybase, an encryption and security service meant to serve as a secure home for your online identities.

Zoom buys the identity service Keybase as part of security push

Zoom has acquired Keybase, an encryption and security service meant to serve as a secure home for your online identities. The acquisition is meant to quickly add a team of security-focused developers to Zoom, which has been widely criticized in recent weeks for lapses in security inside its increasingly popular video conferencing software.
Microsoft is offering hackers up to $100,000 if they can break the security of the company’s custom Linux OS. The software giant built a compact and custom version of Linux last year for its Azure Sphere OS.

Microsoft offers $100,000 to hack its custom Linux OS

Microsoft is offering hackers up to $100,000 if they can break the security of the company’s custom Linux OS. The software giant built a compact and custom version of Linux last year for its Azure Sphere OS, which is designed to run on specialized chips for its Internet of Things (IoT) platform.

NITDA licenses Digital Encode for data protection

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has licensed consulting and integration firm, Digital Encode, to provide training, auditing and consulting services throughout the country, in line with the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation, NDPR, principles.

YouTube bans ‘medically unsubstantiated’ content from site

YouTube has started banning content that is in direct contradiction to the World Health Organization’s guidelines as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the United States.
Apple has found no evidence that recently discovered security flaws in the native iOS Mail app were exploited by hackers, the company said in a statement.

Apple downplays iOS Mail app security flaw, says ‘no evidence’ of exploits

Apple has found no evidence that recently discovered security flaws in the native iOS Mail app were exploited by hackers, the company said in a statement. “We have found no evidence they were used against customers,” the company said. It also cast doubt on whether the issues, which it admitted were present on both the iPhone and the iPad versions of its Mail app, were enough to bypass the two devices’ security protections.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has drawn the attention of Nigerians to a fraudulent online data collection form that is capitalizing on the COVID-19 pandemic to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.

Nigeria alerts residents on fake coronavirus relief disbursement data collection form

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has drawn the attention of Nigerians to a fraudulent online data collection form that is capitalizing on the COVID-19 pandemic to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.

Gmail blocking 18 million malicious coronavirus emails a day

Google has said that it intercepted 18 million malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19 each day in the past week, representing nearly 20% of the total number of phishing Gmail messages blocks daily.
WiFi

Is it safe to use public WiFi securely anywhere?

Although many enjoy using public Wi-Fi because of its convenience and lack of fees, doing so is not without its costs. In particular, the use of public Wi-Fi can pose a serious threat to one's personal information as well as other sensitive data that may be stored on one's phone or computer. However, using a VPN is one of the safest methods of keeping people secure while surfing the web on public networks, no matter where in the world one chooses to roam.
Banks and other financial institutions could soon find themselves in the crosshairs of North Korean hackers, according to a warning issued Wednesday by U.S. officials.

US: North Korea hackers pose ‘significant threat’ to global finances

Banks and other financial institutions could soon find themselves in the crosshairs of North Korean hackers, according to a warning issued Wednesday by U.S. officials.

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Paul Pogba defends Zlatan Ibrahimovic against racism allegations

Paul Pogba has defended his former team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic against accusations of racism following the Swedish forward's clash with Romelu Lukaku on Tuesday.
The Miyetti Allah has called for the arrest of Chief Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho for the alleged assault on the Seriki Fulani of Oyo state, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir.

Sunday Igboho: I’m coming for killer herdsmen in Ogun

Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared Ogun state will be his next destination to flush out criminal herdsmen.
The logo of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is seen during a news conference in Santiago, Chile, July 23, 2019. REUTERS-Rodrigo Garrido

IMF: Coronavirus vaccines rollout gives global economy fresh prospects

The International Monetary Fund has said that the approval and rollout of vaccines have boosted expectations of a global recovery and lifted risk asset prices, despite rising COVID-19 cases and softening economic activity, not only in late 2020 hope of greater prospects in 2021.
The ministry of power works and hosing has asked Nigerians to be rest assured that the third mainland bridge in Lagos poses no danger to users.

Nigerian government to shutdown Third Mainland Bridge for another 72 hours delicate repairs from...

The Federal Controller of Works Lagos, Mr Olukayode Popoola, on wednesday announced another three days of total shutdown of the Third Mainland Bridge for another round of delicate expansion joints replacement.
FILE PHOTO: President of the United States Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff stand at the east steps of the U.S. Capitol after the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. David Tulis/Pool via REUTERS

U.S. warns of heightened domestic terrorism threat after presidential inauguration

The advisory follows the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by supporters of then President Donald Trump in which five people were killed, and the inauguration of Joe Biden as president last week amid heightened security in locked-down Washington.