MASSIVE CYBERATTACK TARGETS EUROPE, U.S AND WORLD WIDE

MASSIVE CYBERATTACK TARGETS EUROPE, U.S AND WORLD WIDE. Hackers launched blistering attacks Tuesday against companies and agencies across the world. Major global firms reported that they were under attack, including British advertising agency WPP (WPPGY), Russian oil and gas giant Rosneft and Danish shipping firm Maersk. “IT systems in several WPP companies have been affected by a suspected cyber attack,” said WPP on its official Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) account. Maersk issued a similar statement, saying its IT systems “are down across multiple sites and business units due to a cyberattack.” The U.S.-based pharmaceutical firm Merck (MRK) also said it’s been hit. “We confirm our company’s computer network was compromised today




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FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ARE BEING USED TO MANIPULATE PUBLIC OPINION – REPORT

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ARE BEING USED TO MANIPULATE PUBLIC OPINION – REPORT. Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has revealed. From Russia, where around 45% of highly active Twitter accounts are bots, to Taiwan, where a campaign against President Tsai Ing-wen involved thousands of heavily co-ordinated – but not fully automated – accounts sharing Chinese mainland propaganda, the studies show that social media is an international battleground for dirty politics. The reports, part of the Oxford Internet Institute’s Computational Propaganda Research Project, cover nine nations also including Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Poland,




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DATA PROTECTION LAW: LIST OF OFFENDING COMPANIES RELEASED

DATA PROTECTION LAW: LIST OF OFFENDING COMPANIES RELEASED. British Airways, African Regent Hotel and Royal Senchi Hotel are among some of the top companies to have flouted the laws of the Data Protection Commission (DPC). The companies are among over 100 data collectors published by the Data Protection Commission with the objective of naming and shaming them. The Executive Director of the Data Commission Teki Akuetteh Falconer at a press conference early this month said the commission would follow the publication with the arrest of the offending data collectors and ensure their subsequent arraignment. The Data Protection Act 2012 (Act 843) mandates all entities whether public, private, local or international




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MTN & HUAWEI DEVICES GHANA OUTDOORS “HUAWEI P10” UNTO SMARTPHONE MARKET

MTN & HUAWEI DEVICES GHANA OUTDOORS “HUAWEI P10” UNTO SMARTPHONE MARKET. Huawei Technologies, the Global Leader in the Technology Industry in collaboration with Ghana’s Leading Mobile Network Operator MTN has officially released “Huawei P10” unto the smartphone market. This unique sleek smartphone has a battery capacity of 3,200mAh with HUAWEI Supercharge to ensure your power is uninterrupted. More so, the latest HUAWEI P10 combines the new Leica Dual-Camera 2.0, and the Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 Pro Edition on the P10 plus with advanced optimization software to give the user the tools to take great photos and to create timeless portraits. Speaking at the launching ceremony in Accra, the Country Director, Huawei




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HACKERS HIDE CYBERATTACKS IN SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

HACKERS HIDE CYBERATTACKS IN SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS. It took only one attempt for Russian hackers to make their way into the computer of a Pentagon official. But the attack didn’t come through an email or a file buried within a seemingly innocuous document. A link, attached to a Twitter post put out by a robot account, promised a family-friendly vacation package for the summer. It was the kind of thing anyone might click on, according to the official hit by the attack, who was not authorized to speak publicly about it. That is exactly the problem, Pentagon officials and cybersecurity experts said. While corporations and government agencies around the world




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WITH NEW DIGITAL TOOLS, EVEN NONEXPERTS CAN WAGE CYBERATTACKS

WITH NEW DIGITAL TOOLS, EVEN NONEXPERTS CAN WAGE CYBERATTACKS. SAN FRANCISCO — Hackers are discovering that it is far more profitable to hold your data hostage than it is to steal it. A decade-old internet scourge called ransomware went mainstream on Friday when cybercriminals seized control of computers around the world, from the delivery giant FedEx in the United States to Britain’s public health system, universities in China and even Russia’s powerful Interior Ministry. On Saturday, investigators could not yet tell who was behind the attack as security experts around the world raced to contain it. Across Asia, several universities and organizations said they had been affected. Renault, the European




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HUAWEI P10 HITS GHANAIAN MARKET

HUAWEI P10 HITS GHANAIAN MARKET. Huawei Technologies the Global Leader in the Technology Industry has introduced another powerful device called: “Huawei P10” unto the Ghanaian market. The Huawei P10, the latest device dominating the smartphone market comes with its amazing features which overshadowed all the smartphones emerging in the Ghanaian market. This powerful smartphone has a battery capacity of 3,200mAh with HUAWEI Supercharge to ensure your power is uninterrupted. The HUAWEI P10 combines the new Leica Dual-Camera 2.0, and the Leica Dual-Camera 2.0 Pro Edition on the P10 plus with advanced optimization software to give the user the tools to take great photos and to create timeless portraits. More so,




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TECHNICAL SCHOOLS TO BE EQUIPPED – AKUFO-ADDO

TECHNICAL SCHOOLS TO BE EQUIPPED – AKUFO-ADDO. The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that it is in the laboratories and workshops of Technical High Schools that students will get the opportunity to expand their imagination, and develop the skills that would equip them for the modern world. According to President Akufo-Addo, his government will not “turn the Free SHS into a process that simply churns out young people that would not be equipped to cope with the modern world”, stressing that “a High school educated child without any skills would be even more frustrated than a child that ended her education at the Junior High School.” He, therefore,




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MASSIVE RANSOMWARE INFECTION HITS COMPUTERS IN 99 COUNTRIES

MASSIVE RANSOMWARE INFECTION HITS COMPUTERS IN 99 COUNTRIES. A massive cyber-attack using tools believed to have been stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA) has struck organisations around the world. Cyber-security firm Avast said it had seen 75,000 cases of the ransomware – known as WannaCry and variants of that name – around the world. There are reports of infections in 99 countries, including Russia and China. Among the worst hit was the National Health Service (NHS) in England and Scotland. The BBC understands about 40 NHS organisations and some medical practices were hit, with operations and appointments cancelled. Media captionNHS cyber attack: “My heart surgery was cancelled” How




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MASSIVE GLOBAL RANSOMWARE ATTACK UNDERWAY, PATCH AVAILABLE

MASSIVE GLOBAL RANSOMWARE ATTACK UNDERWAY, PATCH AVAILABLE. UPDATE on Saturday 9am PST: The attack was accidentally stopped yesterday when a malware researcher registered a domain that appeared in the ransomware source code. They later discovered that the author had built the domain into the ransomware to defeat analysis techniques, but registering that domain had the effect of stopping world-wide distribution of the ransomware once the domain was registered. You can read the researcher’s full description of how the WannaCryptor ransomware was stopped on their blog. Note: This attack has stopped, but there is nothing preventing the ransomware author restarting the attack with the ‘stop’ mechanism removed. So it is still critically important that you update




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CAN FACEBOOK FIX ITS OWN WORST BUG?

CAN FACEBOOK FIX ITS OWN WORST BUG?. In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook’s headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway from the marshy salt flats of Menlo Park, Calif. The Frank Gehry-designed building has a pristine nine-acre rooftop garden, yet much of the interior — a meandering open-plan hallway — appears unfinished. There are exposed air ducts and I-beams scribbled with contractors’ marks. Many of the internal walls are unpainted plywood. The space looks less like the headquarters of one of the world’s wealthiest companies and more like a Chipotle with standing desks. It’s an aesthetic meant




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