Why Huawei’s Google woes worry Africa

Image copyright AFPImage caption Most Africans are online today thanks to cheap Chinese smartphones Google’s decision to withhold its Android software from Huawei is being seen as the beginning of a technology cold war that could compel African countries – in the future – to choose between US and Chinese technology, analysts have told the BBC. Most Africans connecting to the internet today are likely to be using a…

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Australian tech unicorn Canva suffers security breach

Canva, a Sydney-based startup that’s behind the eponymous graphic design service, was hacked earlier today, ZDNet has learned. Data for roughly 139 million users has been taken during the breach, according to the hacker, who tipped off ZDNet. Responsible for the breach is a hacker going online as GnosticPlayers. The hacker is infamous. Since February this year, he/she/they has put up for sale on the dark web the data…

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Hackers are scanning for MySQL servers to deploy GandCrab ransomware

At least one Chinese hacking crew is currently scanning the internet for Windows servers that are running MySQL databases so they can infect these systems with the GandCrab ransomware. These attacks are somewhat unique, as cyber-security firms have not seen any threat actor until now that has attacked MySQL servers running on Windows systems to infect them with ransomware. Andrew Brandt, Principal Researcher at Sophos, and the one who…

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