Author: Alex Reece

Google uses balloons to provide Internet

Google uses balloons to provide Internet

Broadband, Internet, Technology
Google’s mother company Alphabet plans to use balloons to provide Internet in rural Uganda under its Loon project  which uses large balloons carrying solar-powered equipment in the sky to send high–speed Internet signals to the ground. The head of government relations at Loon Anna Prouse, said that the company is searching for a local telco partner to start operations. “Our balloons will need to connect to physical cell towers of an operator in order to send a message to other balloons so that people in that area can be connected,” said Dr Prouse. The balloons, which are designed to stay around 20km above sea level for 200 days, will be moving by surfing wind channels predicting speeds and directions. Each carries an antenna which relays Internet signals transmitted from the ground ex
New account Fraud increase Worldwide

New account Fraud increase Worldwide

Cyber Security, Internet
New account fraud increased 27.8% worldwide YTD in 2019, compared to full-year 2018 results, and more than 100% compared to 2014 levels, Jumio reveals. Surprisingly, attempted new account fraud was 19% less during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend (compared to the average 2019 fraud levels), when fraud attempts normally escalate. Often, the first step in identity theft starts by creating a new account online. Identity theft is the deliberate use of someone else’s identity (e.g., name, address, Social Security number, bank accounts) to get money and credit and make holiday purchases. But, identity theft is also being used to perpetrate online fraud, steal property, falsify educational and other credentials, access healthcare and launder money. “As cybercriminals perfect and fine-
Over 100 ransomware attacks and counting

Over 100 ransomware attacks and counting

Cyber Security, Internet
2019 has been the “year of ransomware attacks on municipalities” according to Kaspersky security experts. This comes after the company’s researchers observed that at least 174 municipal institutions, with more than 3,000 subset organisations, have been targeted by ransomware during the last year. As if that wasn’t enough, 2019 has seen the rapid development of an earlier trend, where malware distributors have targeted municipal organisations. Researchers note that while these targets might be less capable of paying a large ransom, they are more likely to agree to cybercriminals’ demands. Blocking any municipal services directly affects the welfare of citizens and results, not only in financial losses but other socially significant and sensitive consequences. Judging by publicly avail
Safaricom Weekend Network Hitch

Safaricom Weekend Network Hitch

Business, Internet
Safaricom subscribers were not pleased with the Networks' shortcomings during the weekend. The telecommunication subscribers could not use the popular M-pesa services or make calls. Data service was also affected cutting many from online communication and transactions. Safaricom did acknowledge the problem without mentioning the root cause. Other services affected included the internet, which blocked thousands from accessing services online or communicating through the popular social media platforms such as the WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and twitter. “We are experiencing intermittent network challenges affecting several services in our network including voice and data for some customers. We are working to restore all services as soon as possible,” reads a statement from Safaricom Pl
Over 16.4 million micro digital loans disbursed since the first digital credit offering in Kenya

Over 16.4 million micro digital loans disbursed since the first digital credit offering in Kenya

Business, Mobile, Startups, Technology
About 17 million digital loans have been disbursed to Kenyans as an increasing preference to mobile phone to access credit since the launch of the first digital credit offering seven years ago. A new survey completed last month shows fast growth of borrowing through the phone, with other findings showing huge default rates but for relatively small amounts. An international firm, Microsave Consulting, conducted the study which involved interviews with various credit providers with fin-tech products, including banks. During the first half of 2019, MSC was commissioned by SPTF and the Smart Campaign to undertake a comprehensive study on the current state of digital credit in Kenya. This study revealed:  Across Kenya, 16.4 million loans have been disbursed digitally since the lau