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The doomed cybersecurity effort

The cyber security bill has been the talk of the nation for a while now. People are already misinterpreting several parts of it, as is common with legislation. Our focus today is not on the bill and its contents but rather the doomed nature of it all in the global scope of information technology and […]

Media Institute Says Cyber Security Bill Encourages Surveillance

The recently gazetted Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill has raised concerns – especially the plan for POTRAZ to house the National Cyber Security Centre. I raised concerns regarding the organisation and whether they will be able to carry out their mandate freely. Media Institute of Souther Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe has also published an analysis […]

POTRAZ To HouseNational Cyber Security Centre If Cyber Security And Data Protection Bill Is Passed Into Law

The draft of the Cybersecurity bill was finally gazetted – it’s one step closer to coming into law or (if parliamentarians aren’t happy with it) being rejected. One of the more topical issues outlined in the bill is the fact that POTRAZ will become the “National Cyber Security Centre” if the bill is effected into […]

Nearly 8000 Cyber Attacks In Africa Disguised As Dating Apps

With Valentine’s Day approaching, singles and couples alike are under intensifying pressure to solidify their plans for this Friday. While choosing the right partner is a matter of paramount importance, there is another matter that should be treated with care.  SECURITY. Kaspersky’s analysis has shown that within 2019 the region saw a circulation of 1,486 […]

North Korea Accused Of Stealing $2 Billion From Banks & Crypto Exchanges

North Korea is generally considered a problematic nation. From ill-treating citizens to launching missiles as a way of sending a message to the US and South Korea, the country is controversial and isn’t afraid to ruffle feathers. A leaked UN Report is now accusing the state of stealing a whopping $2 billion -to fund its […]

Human Capital Development Company Hosts Cyber Security Conference From 8-9 August

Cadton Investments -a human capital development company- is partnering with The ICT Consultants to host the Symposium on Cyber Security at Troutbeck Inn in Nyanga from on the 8th & 9th of August. The Cyber Security conference will touch on a number of issues with an outlined overview that suggests that the conference will cater […]

What Can Be Done About Cyberbullying & Cyber Harassment?

I was approached by a fellow executive on how he could legally pursue and remove malicious information that is online. For years, Zimbabwean high profile individuals, executives and business owners have fallen victim to cyberbullying, Cyber Harassment and revenge p*rn. The internet has had a massive impact on many areas of personal and professional life, […]

Video: Here’s How You Can Notice An ATM Machine That’s Been Tampered With By Fraudsters

We’ve been complaining about card cloning for a while now and since our police force is not exactly prepared to deal with the crime, you’re pretty much on your own when it comes to protecting yourself against card cloning and most other cyber crimes. Thankfully we came across this video that shows a skimming machine […]

You Think Zim Ministers Are Bad. Japan’s Minister Of Cyber Security Has Never Used A Computer

Besides being ridiculed as being as pliant as supple mulberry  branches, Zimbabwe’s ministers are often laughed off as hopelessly incompetent for the Ministerial portfolios they are often appointed to. Performances aside, I have always taken issue with the qualifications a number of past ministers of Finance held. I am a great believer in actual on-the-job […]

Zim Entering Cyber Security Partnership With Japan? 

It seems we are on a deal-striking streak. As recently as the 4th of November, Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube met with Japan’s Ambassador Toshiyuki Iwado and also announced that Japan is financing a cyber-security project within the country. Not much else has been disclosed about this deal but what we do know is that […]

HIT To Host Cybercrime Management Conference in October

As technology evolves our cybersecurity needs are constantly shifting as well. When people hear terms such as cybercrime most of us look to think this is some futuristic tech that does not relate to us. That may have been true 5-10-15 years ago but we are now in that future where Cybercrime is an everyday […]

Zuckerberg Finally Speaks On The Facebook Scandal

Following Facebook’s recent scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, Mark Zuckerberg has come out in defence of his social media company. In a recent Facebook post, he disclosed some of the steps they have taken in trying to address the situation. The founder of Facebook makes it clear that the changes made to Facebook in 2014 were the […]

Are Huawei & ZTE Really Spying On Consumers And Should You Be Afraid?

After US government officials, NSA and FBI warned consumers to desist from purchasing devices from Huawei and ZTE, you might have been interested in purchasing or already owning a device from either and now you are unsure if you should… ‘Do not be afraid…’ Here is why you should go ahead and buy that Huawei […]

Here’s What We Discussed At The Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum 2017

In the afternoon we highlighted that we were attending the Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum (ZIGF) 2017. In case you’re wondering what ZIGF is; well, ZIGF as defined is a multi-stakeholder forum for public policy dialogue on issues of Internet Governance in Zimbabwe. It is at such forums where policies are shaped… and in this case policies […]

Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum 2017 In Pictures

The theme for this year’s Zimbabwe Internet Governance Forum (ZIGF) is “Shaping and Securing Zimbabwe’s digital future”. The focus of this year’s forum is to address questions relating to the influence of digitization on our economy, sustainable development the data economy, social media, human rights on the internet, cyber security as well as bridging the […]

Chombo Makes It To 419 Scammers Methods

Ignatious Chombo, the former Minister of Finance, who was arrested during the “coup-not-coup”, has made it to being the subject of 419 scammers looking for assistance to “get money out of Zimbabwe.” An email circulating currently, shows that one Kelvin Chombo, an alleged brother to the currently incarcerated former Minister, is seeking help transferring money from […]

New Twist. O’Donovan Accused Of Having Access To @Matigary

Earlier today Techzim reported that Martha O’Donovan from Magamba TV was taken into custody for a tweet that had allegedly been sent out by her during the Shoko Festival in early September. At the time it was not clear whether she had sent out the tweet or it was a retweet of someone else’s tweet but what […]

South Africa hacked: about 30 million ID numbers leaked

Just after we introduce a Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation, our neighbour South Africa gets what seems to be its largest data breach in history; what are the odds? If I didn’t know any better I’d say it’s the Zim government trying to prove a point but well… A few days ago, […]

Video: This is not about cybersecurity, it’s about social media clampdown

The government of Zimbabwe has confirmed that Chinamasa’s new job is to monitor and clampdown on social media abuse. The government says it there are “rats causing mischief” on social media and their days are numbered. Patrick Chinamasa was appointed the minister in charge of the new ministry of Cybersecurity, Threat Detection and Mitigation. While […]

What is the role of Cyber Security Minister Chinamasa?

As you may know now there was a cabinet reshuffle yesterday and a new ministry popped up. The Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation. The minister being outgoing Finance minister Patrick Antony Chinamasa. As this news broke, jokes were made that Chinamasa is now the WhatsApp group admin for Zimbabwe. Memes popped up […]

Is it necessary for Zimbabwe to have a ministry solely dedicated to cyber security?

Seems Hon Patrick Chinamasa will always be on our lips, then as the Minister of  Finance and Economic Development and now even more as the Minister of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation. It’s just a few weeks back that we were expressing our disdain over his famous “…..I am not saying cash is not […]

New cybercrime law to criminalise “spreading falsehoods” on the internet, revenge porn, bullying and other activity

The Zimbabwe government is at an advanced stage of implementing news laws to deal with crimes on the internet and other electronic platforms. A Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Bill, which goes to parliament soon, is expected to be fast-tracked into law before the end of 2017 according to the Minister of ICT & Courier Services, […]

What do you do if you think your website has been hacked

Earlier, we talked about ways to secure a website against hacking. If you read that post, you’d see that it was more focused on preventing hacking than recovering from hacking. So what do you do if you think your website has been hacked and how can you regain control. Let’s take a look. Don’t panic […]

Ways you can secure your website from hackers

Alright, let me just say something before I continue. If you search on here on TechZim for ‘security’, you’ll discover that a lot has be written about this topic over the years but it seems like we need to listen to the shona saying: dzokororo inesimba (repeating something to someone will help them get why it is […]

Harare Institute of Technology allegedly hit with cyber attack

Today, on whatsapp a screenshot with the Harare Institute of Technology website being shown as hacked started circulating. We tried to open the website to see the same thing as was in the picture but it failed to load. Chances are that the website has been taken down by HIT if they’ve found out what […]

Be careful what you do on the internet because someone is ALWAYS watching

Nothing can be further from the truth. The internet does not give you anonymity unless you diligently seek it and even then just one breadcrumb is all it takes for you to be unmasked and get into real trouble.

Opera introduces free unlimited VPN service for Android devices

image credit: Opera has finally released its free unlimited VPN service for Android. The Opera VPN service is a separate application from the company’s web browser. The VPN service allows you to browse the internet privately and anonymously, hiding what you do online from being tracked. The VPN also allows you to bypass firewalls and […]

Chinese style internet censorship coming to Zimbabwe – President Mugabe

A report yesterday in the government owned newspapers The Sunday Mail, says the president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, is intent on introducing Chinese style internet restrictions to the country to put a stop the “abuse” of the internet. According to the article, the president was addressing his party supporters at Harare International Airport who had come to welcome […]

Essential tips to secure your home internet connection

In the course of using my internet connection I discovered that my home internet connection was very insecure because my ISP had not bothered to secure it. This is a warning on how your internet connection might not be as safe as you think and what you need to do to protect yourself.

An introduction to encryption

This is an introduction into the world of encryption which touches on the basics of the subject. The topic is becoming increasingly relevant in a world where a lot of our data is shared on cloud networks.