Tag: online security

Online Safety in the wake of Cyber Crime: The Future Of The Password

Your computer is only as secure as its weakest link — your password. Reports By Bobby Emamian of Forbes And once some malicious hacker cracks it, he can access whatever he wants within your account, as we saw with the celebrity iCloud photo leak and, more recently, the supposed Gmail account hack. It no longer matters how many special characters and numbers you set in your password; a skilled password cracker can eventually decipher it. And with wireless connectivity being built into everything from appliances to cars to jewelry, it’s going to take more than passwords to maintain security moving forward. The Internet of (Secure) Things Passwords have become more personal and unique to you and your device. Look at Touch ID, for example. It’s been utilized by the iPhone as a means to u

Passwords of about 5 Million Email Accounts Published Online by Russian Hackers

Cyber Security
A user of a Russian cryptocurrency forum has published a list of nearly 5 million email accounts and their passwords, reports BusinessInsider The Daily Dot reports that a forum poster known as "tvskit" posted a list of 4,930,000 email addresses and passwords on Russian Bitcoin forum BTCsec. It was claimed that around 60% of the passwords were valid, although forum administrators quickly removed the file and redacted the passwords. BTCsec A screenshot of the email horde. Some forum users who viewed the unredacted list claimed that the passwords shown were around 10 years out of date. Other accounts shown have been suspended or deactivated for years. Along with Gmail accounts, the list also included email addresses for Yandex, the Russian search engine. The affected Gmail account
Africa’s CyberSecurity debate must involve all stakeholders: says Online Security Expert, Sophia Bekele

Africa’s CyberSecurity debate must involve all stakeholders: says Online Security Expert, Sophia Bekele

Business, Cyber Security, Governance, Internet, social media
Source: CIO East Africa The African Union’s Convention on the Establishment of a Credible Legal Framework for Cyber Security in Africa (AUCC) – which seeks to intensify the fight against cybercrime across Africa in light of rising incidences of cybercrime – has been the focus of debate recently. In view of this and to further shed light on online security issues in Africa, CIO East Africa sought the views of Ms Sophia Bekele, an internet security expert and international policy advisor over internet and ICT. Below are excerpts: 1. As regards the state of online freedom in Africa, what are the major issues surrounding online freedom of expression in Africa? What is the best way to empower users to stay safe online while protecting their freedom of expression?  Technology-wise, Africa is