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  • Deloitte hit by cyber attack, emails possibly compromised

    According to a report by The Guardian, accounting and consulting giant Deloitte is today the latest global firm to succumb to a cyber attack. The firm had reportedly known about the breach since March 2017, but hackers may have been able to access data on Deloitte's systems since October 2016. By compromising an administrator account that lacked a two-factor authentication system, the attackers theoretically had "access to all areas", The Guardian notes. Along with emails from the company employees, the attackers may have been able to access usernames, passwords, IP addresses and other sensitive information stored as attachments. An administrator account lacking two-factor...

  • Today at Memeburn: why the site was temporarily down

    On 20 September, you may have noticed that Memeburn was inaccessible. On Monday, you also may have noticed a spike in CPU usage when visiting any of the site's pages. Upon deeper inspection by our developers, we discovered a script that used our visitor’s CPU power to mine cryptocurrency. The script was injected into a segment of our website's source code. Said script was from Coinhive -- a service that allows site admins to embed a line of Javascript in their websites to secretly mine a cryptocurrency called Monero. The Pirate Bay also sported a similar line of code in a covert test...

  • CCleaner came bundled with malware for a month and nobody noticed

    CCleaner -- a program usually used to clean Windows, Android and MacOS of errant software and data -- has itself been infected by a trojan. A new report by Talos suggests that for nearly a month the program's installer didn't just install Piriform's file cleaner, but rather additional malware. "For a period of time, the legitimate signed version of CCleaner 5.33 being distributed by Avast also contained a multi-stage malware payload that rode on top of the installation of CCleaner," the Talos team explains in a blog post. This malware was reportedly bundled with the program's install files located within Piriform's legitimate...

  • Cape Town Taxi Strike: get realtime traffic data with this nifty map

    Today's taxi strike is currently affecting Cape Town's already stressed transportation network, and is set to continue throughout the week. With the likes of the N1, N2 and N7 shuttered at select intersections, traffic flow is largely affected leading into the city and beyond. While Google Maps is a great way to keep abreast of traffic flow, and Google-owned Waze is an app that deserves another honourable mention, there's another local and free service that delves deeper into Cape Town's arterial routes. Cape Town's taxi strike is currently affecting traffic across the city Dubbed i-Traffic, the resource is a joint venture between SANRAL,...

  • Facebook removes ads targeting ‘Jew haters’

    Facebook profiles can be obnoxious. With no vetting procedures on the information provided for education or employment, friends can say they attended Hogwarts or that they work at NASA despite failing high school maths. But while some have been using these self-reporting fields to make harmless jokes, others have been using them to spew hatred -- and it's been revealed that advertisers could have specifically targeted these individuals. On Thursday, a report by Propublica revealed that advertisers, who have the ability to select which demographic they'd like to target, have been able to select the likes of "Jew hater", "how to burn Jews", and "history of...

  • South Africa’s ‘first’ data science academy launched in Cape Town

    South Africa's "first" academy specifically focussing on data science has today launched in Cape Town. Dubbed the Explore Data Science Academy, the institution will aim "to meet the burgeoning demand for data analytics in the digital economy – a demand that far exceeds current supply". The Academy was founded by data scientists Shaun Dippnall, Dave Strugnell and Aidan Helmbold. "Ours is a unique, one-of-a-kind course in that it is free, practical, has real-world relevance and provides work experience. We also like the fact that it is open to anyone with aptitude," Dippnall explained in a press release. Explore Data Science Academy is believed...

  • 143m Americans’ credit, personal data compromised due to Equifax breach

    Equifax, one of the US's largest consumer credit reporting agencies, today announced a breach of its digital security measures that could affect as many as 143-million Americans. That's close to half the country's population. The hack was first discovered by the company on 29 July, but took place between mid-May and July. "Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files," the company explains in a notice. "Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. The company has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases." The...

  • How to protect your child’s identity in an online world

    There are indications that identity theft syndicates are now targeting children. Common-sense practices, backed up by proper education, will save endless trouble down the line. In the online world, identity theft has become big business. People are remarkably careless about divulging personal information online, or storing it on unencrypted mobile or other digital devices. Criminals can use this information to open bank and store accounts and access state and other benefits unlawfully. Personal information like full names, birth date and parents’ names can be used to create an alias that stands up to most scrutiny. Worryingly, there are signs that identity thieves...

  • This is the PriceCheck eCommerce Awards shortlist for 2017

    The second edition of the PriceCheck Tech and eCommerce Awards is set to take place next week in Cape Town, but this week, the shortlist for the nominees have been announced. Sourced from a "record 44 500 votes" the nominees stem from technology and ecommerce space in South Africa. "The response from the voting public was phenomenal – we've never seen so many votes for an industry event. The contenders this year have really upped their game and there are bound to be a few surprises," noted PriceCheck's founder Kevin Tucker. As for the shortlist, please find it in full below: Best...

  • When can we expect Takealot to expand on continent?

    Takealot co-CEO Willem van Biljon says the Naspers-owned South African ecommerce platform is not immediately considering expanding to other African countries. "It is something we think about quite often, but the timing is not right for us right now. We have a lot to do. We are growing very fast here (in South Africa), there is lots we can still improve on and do better here and grow on here. There are lots of other challenges in other countries, from supply-chain logistics, all kinds of things," he told a crowd of close to 1000, who attended a Startup Grind Cape...

  • Behind Digital All-Stars: interviewing our blockchain, cryptocurrency picks

    Our blockchain and cryptocurrency-themed Digital All-Stars piece went live some time back, as we chose several South Africans who are making a name for themselves in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space. How did they become interested in the scene though? What about their business interests? From the Bitcoin Foundation's Llew Claasen to The Sun Exchange's Abraham Cambridge, we interview some of our more prominent Digital All-Stars picks. Michael Deon The brainchild of Michael Deon (left) and Kyle Haffenden (right), Augmentors garnered attention after being backed via the Shark Tank TV show. The game, a turn-based creature battling title, stands out thanks to its use of...

  • Whoppercoin: Burger King launches its own cryptocurrency

    Ever wanted to eat fast food and invest in cryptocurrency at one place? No? What's wrong with you? Anyway, Burger King has announced the formation of a new cryptocurrency in Russia, dubbed Whoppercoin. Based on the Waves platform, Whoppercoin "will be used to reward customers for their purchases, and can be used to buy burgers in return when enough have been accrued", read an excerpt on the Waves Community website. It seems like just another rewards system at first glance. One billion Whoppercoins have been issued, with consumers receiving one for every rouble spent. Want a Whopper burger? It'll set you...

  • Humans of New York is getting a Facebook TV series

    Popular Facebook page "Humans of New York" is releasing a 12-episode documentary series to Facebook's recently announced Watch tab. The 30-minute series has been filmed over the last four years and features the candid and sincere interviews for which the page is known. Creator Brandon Stanton told The Hollywood Reporter that he interviewed over 1200 people once it became clear that film was the natural evolution for the project. In the seven years since its creation, the page has garnered over 18-million followers -- two-thirds of which is from outside the United States. Stanton has released two New York Times bestselling books based on...

  • 4 tips for keeping your identity safe on the internet

    Over the course of the past decade, the brick-and-mortar institutions of yesteryear have rapidly been replaced by online counterparts, with South Africans now turning to the Internet to perform banking transactions, book flights and even shop for groceries. While this rapid surge in connectivity has undoubtedly made the world a more convenient place, it’s also made many South Africans vulnerable to the threat of online fraud and identity theft. According to recently released statistics from the South African Fraud Prevention Services (SAFPS), identity theft has increased by over 200% in the past six years, with an estimated 8.8-million South Africans affected...

  • PhishNet sends mock-phishing emails to employees for the greater good

    Telecommunications company Internet Solutions (IS) has debuted a new service that allows security teams in companies to launch authentic phishing attacks on their colleagues, scaring them stiff and teaching them valuable lessons about cyber security. Dubbed PhishNet, the service aims to educate staffers about the nature, mechanics and calling cards of a phishing attack while providing the companies with data on their security practices and infrastructure. PhishNet's debut comes at a time when cyber security is paramount in media and mainstream conversation, following the recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks. WannaCry in particular -- which infected more than 250 000 computers...