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Standard Chartered Bank Shares Some Tips To Avoid Card Cloning

Standard Chartered has been sending educational emails to their clientele for a while now and in one of the recently shared emails, they addressed the issue of card cloning – a raging issue which has seen a significant amount of money being lost ever since Zimbabwe adopted cashless transactions. Here are some of Standard Chartered’s […]


Beware: Fake Windows Update Delivers Ransomware

Most readers of this site will recognize a malicious email when they see one, but they are a source of danger to less tech-savvy individuals. One such campaign claims to be from Microsoft, advising people to update Windows, but doing so will install ransomware on your computer. Falling in the trap Researchers from Trustwave discovered […]


Android Flaw Lets Rogue Apps Spy On You Through Your Phone’s Camera

Researchers at security firm Checkmarx have uncovered several vulnerabilities in the camera apps of multiple Android smartphone made by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) such as Google and Samsung. As Checkmarx Senior Security Researcher Pedro Umbelino explains, the team started their investigation by having a look at the Google Camera app on Pixel 2 XL and […]


Preinstalled Apps Are Also Not Safe. 140 Bugs Found On Preinstalled Android Apps

Security researchers always advise Android users to be careful while downloading apps from the Google Play Store. But what about pre-installed apps in Android phones? Recently a security research company stated that pre-installed apps and firmware pose a risk due to vulnerabilities (bugs). The researchers found over 140 bugs in preinstalled apps which could be […]


Facebook’s iPhone App Is Secretly Using Your Camera As You Scroll

Facebook doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to user privacy. A Facebook user by the name of Joshua Maddux revealed that the company’s iOS app runs the camera in the background. It appears to happen while scrolling through your Facebook news feed, and Maddux shared a recording of it online. In the […]


49 More Android Apps Caught With Malware Again

We have reached the point where no day can pass without reporting about a new batch of malicious Android apps. Android devices are in the pockets of more than 2.5 billion people right now, so malicious actors won’t give up on trying to make a profit through Android adware apps, data stealing and user tracking. The […]


Vulnerability That Allows Hackers To Steal Personal Information Found In 10 Types Of Android Devices

With privacy an increasing concern, news has broken that several popular Android phones can be exploited in order to snoop on users. A weakness in the operating system can allow access to the baseband software of certain phones, compromising their safety and security. This is more than a minor worry, as attackers could potentially use […]


7 Apps Caught Downloading More Apps With Malware. Uninstall/Delete Them

Researchers at Wandera yesterday released a warning about 7 apps that were available on the Google Play Store which contain a special kind of trojan called dropper. The following are the 7 apps with a dropper that you should uninstall immediately: Magnifying Glass by PumpApp Super Bright LED Flashlight by PumpApp Magnifier, Magnifying Glass with […]


Update Your Google Chrome Browser Now!

Chrome users on Windows, macOS and Linux should update their browser immediately to version 78.0.3904.87. Anything older than that is plagued by two vulnerabilities that are being exploited in the wild right now. The first one is “CVE-2019-13720” and concerns the browser’s audio component, while the second one is “CVE-2019-13721” and it lies on the […]


Facebook Working On Encrypting Messenger’s Audio & Video Calls

Mark Zuckerberg had disclosed in March that Facebook would be encrypting all messaging services. It appears that the social network is finally working on making that a reality. According to popular tipster Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook is testing encrypting video and audio calls over Messenger in Secret mode. However, this does not mean all calls […]


WhatsApp’s Fingerprint Unlock Feature Now On Android. Here’s How To Enable It

Have you updated your WhatsApp? If not, then you should update the messaging app right now as WhatsApp has rolled out its new feature for Android users. With the help of WhatsApp, users exchange their photos, videos, messages, and other stuff. Therefore, it requires the utmost security to protect personal data. So, WhatsApp now allows […]


WhatsApp Sues Israeli Company For Hacking 1400 WhatsApp Users

Facebook filed a lawsuit against Israeli mobile surveillance firm NSO Group on Tuesday, alleging that the company was actively involved in hacking users of its messaging service, WhatsApp. Earlier this year, it was discovered that WhatsApp had a critical vulnerability that attackers were found exploiting to remotely install a spyware called Pegasus on targeted Android […]


42 Android Apps Caught Spying And Serving Annoying Ads. Uninstall Them

It looks like Google just can’t catch a break from bad apps on the Play store. A few weeks ago, the search engine giant had dropped 15 sneaky apps that never delivered the promised service, but flashed annoying full-page ads and ruined the Android experience on mobile. Now, ESET security researchers have uncovered 42 adware-infected […]


iPhone Users Should Delete These 17 Apps

Apps are an important source of functions for smartphones, but also a source of problems. They are often the entry point for malware and other serious security issues. We have seen lately that Android is the most targeted and apparently most vulnerable mobile OS. But the truth is that iOS also has it’s own flaws […]


Several Banks Blacklist Samsung Galaxy S10 Due To Fingerprint Vulnerability

The Samsung Galaxy S10 fingerprint problem may be a lot worse than we initially anticipated, as banks are starting to blacklist the device. The story started last week, when some users reported that their ultrasonic fingerprint sensor would unlock the device no matter what finger was used due to a $3 screen protector. The problem […]


Police Warn People After Man Loses Over $19 000 To Scammers

Another day another scam.Banks have lately been issuing warning about the rise of scams but it seems like it’s not enough to safeguard clients from scammers. Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) recently dealt with a case where a man was swindled ZWL $19658.05 out of his bank account by scammers over a phone call. Through it’s, […]


Popular Video-Downloading Android App Caught With Nasty Malware

Upstream researchers are warning the public about a video app called “Snaptube”. Reportedly, the app is engaging in millions of fraudulent transactions through serving invisible ads without showing any sign of it to the user. Upstream’s CEO, Guy Krief said: Snaptube has been delivering invisible ads, generating non-human clicks and purchases, then reporting them as […]


Firefox Is The Most Secure Browser- Germany Cyber Security Agency

Germany’s security agency, Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has discovered that Mozilla’s Firefox browser is the most secure browser. However, the survey only compared Firefox with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge whilst ignoring other popular browsers like Safari,Opera Mini and UC browser. BSI came up with that conclusion after assessing each […]


South African Government To Pass Cyber Bill Similar To Ours

South African government will be revising their Cybercrime bill and it contains a number of similarities with the cybersecurity bill that recently got cabinet approval, here in Zimbabwe. Similar new offences to be regulated by the bill as per bussinesstech.co.za include; Data messages which incite damage to property or violence; Data messages which threaten persons […]


CABS Says We Don’t Ask For Customer’s Pins After Cyber Criminal Steals $26 000

Card cloning and cybercrime in the financial sector is here and here to stay. In the first quarter of 2019 alone $42 million was lost due to cybercrime and less than $1.5 million was recovered. In a recent case, a CABS client -Reuben Mpofu- lost was defrauded of over $26000 through cybercrime. Though the criminals […]


Cyber Crime Bill Finally Gets Cabinet Approval

The Cyber Crime, Security and Data Protection Bill which was drafted back in 2016 has finally been approved by the Cabinet. The bill will now be tabled in parliament for debate but no timelines were shared for when we can expect this to be done. The bill seeks to combat cyber crime and increase cyber […]


Google Finds Vulnerability That Affects Millions Of These Android Phones

Google’s team of security researchers responsible for reporting zero-day vulnerabilities, known as Project Zero, recently discovered an unpatched exploit in Android that’s being used in real-life attacks. This vulnerability affects smartphones from popular Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) like Samsung, Xiaomi, and Huawei. Even Google’s older Pixel phones are impacted as well. The vulnerability is part […]


Compromised GIFs On WhatsApp Make You Vulnerable To Hackers

A new vulnerability has popped up on WhatsApp and it allows hackers to access your chats in a pretty interesting manner. The bug known as the Double-free vulnerability allows hackers to hijack people’s phones by sending them a gif. It’s not just any sort of GIF but a special corrupted GIF. The bug only affects users […]


Uninstall/Delete These Apps With ‘Fleeceware’ Before You Lose Your Money

Reserchers at SophosLabs discovered certain apps which contains a malicious code that they call a “fleeceware”. Fleeceware takes money from users without their consent or by tricking them. Sophos said it discovered that users were downloading for free trials that may last for few days or weeks. But after the trial is over and users […]


CABS Testing Out Cards With Bolstered Security To Fight Card Cloning

Back in February the RBZ governor demanded that banks start issuing out EMV compliant cards in a bid to prevent the epidemic that is card cloning. If the banks did comply with this directive, they didn’t make much noise about it. One bank that is bolstering its security is talking about new developments in line […]


New SIM Card Flaw Lets Hackers Hijack Any Phone Just By Sending SMS, 1 Billion Phones At Risk

It seems as though we can’t escape a single day without hearing about a new widespread security exploit that puts us all at risk. Today, the new attack taking center stage is called Simjacker, and it was revealed by the folks at AdaptiveMobile Security. Simjacker is a potential cyber threat to all mobile operators and […]


Secure Your WhatsApp By Enabling Two-step Verification. Here’s How To Do It

Are you sensing something weird on your WhatsApp account, yet you have your smartphone on you almost all hours of the day? Then you should not hesitate to boost your WhatsApp security with the two-step verification. Two step verification is an optional feature that puts a second layer of protection on your WhatsApp account by […]


Uninstall These 24 Android Apps. They Have Malware

Cyber-security researchers at CSIS have discovered a scary new Android malware that they say is designed to silently sign-up unsuspecting users up for online subscription services. Named ‘Joker’ by the CSIS researchers, the malware inserts a spyware and a malicious subscription bot that “silently simulates the interaction with advertisement websites, steals the victim’s SMS messages, […]


Google Researchers Claim To Have Found Security Flaw In iPhones

Google’s security researchers claim to have found an exploit which exposes iPhone users who visit malicious websites to hackers. Earlier this year Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) discovered a small collection of hacked websites. The hacked sites were being used in indiscriminate watering hole attacks against their visitors, using iPhone 0-day.   There was no target […]


Warning! FBC Tells Clients To Ignore Fake Message Asking For Account Details

A week ago CBZ sent out a warning to their clients regarding a fake message that was circulating asking for clients details. It seems this is not a situation exclusive to CBZ as FBC is also sending out a similar message. FBC Bank notes with concern the spread of fake communication across various platforms purporting […]