Internet shutdowns aren’t limited to Africa, it’s a global problem

After protests broke out over a sharp fuel price hike this week, Zimbabwe’s government ordered a three-day internet shutdown — with police also firing tear gas at demonstrators from a helicopter and arresting dozens. According to NetBlocks, which estimates the cost of internet shutdowns worldwide, the three-day outage could cost the country’s already shaky economy …

West African Banks & financial firms hit by four different hacking campaigns in 2018

According to a report published today by US cyber-security giant Symantec. Organizations in Cameroon, Congo (DR), Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast have been hit, Symantec said today. The attacks, which haven’t yet been attributed to any hacking group, in particular, have used low-end malware strains and applications natively found on Windows systems (a …

$1 million may have been stolen from the Ethereum Classic blockchain in a “51%” hack attack

An attack on the Ethereum Classic blockchain may have helped hackers steal around $1.1 million worth of the currency from other users, according to popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. Ethereum what? Ethereum Classic is the original Ethereum blockchain. In 2016, to counter another, different kind of attack, Ethereum’s developers created a new version of the transaction history that returned …

Just like the US, Huawei and ZTE 5G banned from Japanese govt computers

Japan’s government has issued instructions Monday effectively banning China’s Huawei and ZTE from official contracts, while the country’s top three telecom operators plan to follow suit, Japanese media reported Monday.  As if 5G equipment bans from the United States, Australia, and New Zealand weren’t enough this year, Huawei will end 2018 on an even worse …

Oath, the owner of AOL and Yahoo to pay $5 million to settle charges for violating children’s privacy law.

Oath, the owner of AOL and Yahoo, has agreed to pay about $5 million to settle charges from the New York attorney general that the media company’s online advertising business was violating a federal children’s privacy law. AOL, through its ad exchange, helped place targeted display ads on hundreds of websites that it knew were …

SKY Brasil exposes 32M customer data, They could have been stolen by the dark web already

Data belonging to 32 million customers of SKY Brasil has been exposed online long enough to make their theft very likely, an independent security researcher discovered. Fábio Castro found that the data cache could be reached by anyone that knew where to look on the internet. 32 million Sky Brasil customer data records were accessed …

Received an email about compromising browsing history? Its a SCAM, don’t fall for it

Have you recieved an email lately about your compromising browsing history? It is a huge scam, here is a true story from a BBC reporter. Don’t get pawned Thousands of people all over the world have been receiving sextortion emails from scammers. They’re different from garden-variety scam emails because they often include a hacked password …

Group of consumers challenging Apple in court for an ‘illegal monopoly’

WASHINGTON— Apple Inc.’s  exclusive market for selling iPhone apps came under fire at the Supreme Court Monday, as justices considered whether consumers should be allowed to proceed with a lawsuit alleging the company has an illegal monopoly that produces higher prices. The plaintiffs are a group of consumers challenging Apple’s requirement that all software for …

Bug on e-commerce platform Amazon leaks names and email addresses of users

Online e-commerce platform Amazon has sent out emails today to some of its customers blaming a “technical error” for a data leak that exposed the names and email addresses associated with their accounts. Wednesday’s email doesn’t say how long customers’ personal details were disclosed or precisely where on the site the disclosure took place. It’s …