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The Cybersecurity Bill is the President’s signature away from being law

The much-debated Cybersecurity and Data Protection Bill sailed through the Senate on Wednesday this week according to a report by NewsDay. The legislation seeks to give Zimbabwe its first baseline where cybersecurity is concerned and is a subject we spoke of at length around this time last year. It has been a while since this […]


FNB has a simple solution to SMS One-Time Password (OTP) hacks

There is another way. Zim banks please take notes.


VP Mohadi leaks: the tech behind call hacking, recording & voice cloning

We were curious about the tech that may have been behind now-former vice president Kembo Mohadi’s scandal and leaks


POTRAZ: SMS and e-mail phishing scams on the rise

SMS and e-mail phishing attacks on the rise.


First Capital Bank card allowed transaction without PIN, very dangerous

A member of the Techzim community (who is a First Capital Bank customer) reached out to us saying that they were in town one day and were paying for their parking, as everyone does. When they used their card to swipe on the mobile Point of Sale (POS) machine the parking attendant was using, the […]


Liquid Telecom now offering Cybersecurity services to businesses

In their ongoing push to diversify their business model, Liquid Telecom has announced that they will now be selling cyber security services. Liquid Telecom’s Cyber Security unit will offer end-to-end managed services for digital security solutions. Liquid Telecom decision to fill this particular gap was reinforced after conducting a survey last month; IT decision makers […]


Report shows users on Netflix and other streaming services were targetted by hackers

Streaming has redefined how we consume content. The days where we have to be drip-fed episode after episode over a long period are quickly going. The convenience of having a whole season to watch has made it easier for users to consume tv shows at their own pace. As convenient as these services are they […]


Bulawayo based firm partners with Chinese company on facial recognition systems

In a report by The Chronicle, Bulawayo based firm Brains at Work Consulting Pvt Ltd has entered into a partnership with a Chinese company called Clou Global Technology to be the sole distributor of Clou Global’s facial recognition and temperature scan systems. Who are the players in this deal? Brains at Work Consulting They are, […]


Zoom security flaw allows hackers to target users running Windows 7

Slovenian cybersecurity firm ACROS Security has discovered a vulnerability in the popular video conferencing software Zoom. Researchers at the firm revealed that users running Windows 7 or older are at risk of hackers gaining access their computers. This vulnerability known as “zero-day“, doesn’t affect Zoom client users running Windows 8 or Windows 10. Windows 7 […]


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 […]


Using Microsoft Teams For Remote Work? Protect Yourself From This Security Flaw

[Image Source: PC Mag] Since everyone has been forced to adopt remote working tools because of the Novel Coronavirus – I believe a significant portion of companies the world over have adopted Microsoft Teams due to the fact that that’s a recognisable brand offering a pretty well reviewed product. If you or the organisation you […]


Government Dumps Sensitive Employee Information On The Internet ZEC Style

Respect for data privacy and internet security is not well understood in Zimbabwe. The government is a major culprit in this crime of ignorance. Two years ago, the voter’s roll was accessed by some unscrupulous folks who just dumped the whole darn thing on the internet full of our names, ID numbers and residential addresses. […]


Security Firm Details How Nigerian Scammer Made US$100 000+ From Cybercrime

CheckPoint Research (CPR) is a security firm famous for revealing how the WhatsApp end-to-end encryption can be intercepted and altered in a relatively simple manner. That same research firm also recently shared how a Nigerian cybercriminal made hundreds of thousands of dollars using common cybercrime tactics. “Dton” -the cybercriminal- has been active for 7 years […]


Phishing Attacks Still Most Popular Method Of Cyber Attacks In Africa

The 2019 KnowBe4 African Report across South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritius and Botswana has found that people living on the continent are not prepared for the cyber threat. 65% of respondents across all eight countries are concerned about cybercrime. They are vulnerable, as they’re not aware of what they don’t know. From […]


CABS Dismisses Cyber Attack Allegations

A recent social media post by journalist Hopewell Chin’ono shared a Facebook post by a person claiming that CABS had been hacked and funds were being withdrawn: Someone has got illegal access to the CABS payment system. Funds are being withdrawn from accounts. Reports are being made at the moment to Police Stations. I am […]


List Of Free Google Digital Skills Courses For People Interested In Coding/Programming

One of the biggest opportunities offered by the internet nowadays is the ability to attain skills you would otherwise have to pay for at no cost at all. Google Digital Skills for Africa is one such platform that has a number of free online courses for people looking to upskill and without investing money into […]


Over US$11 Billion Has Been Hacked In Crypto Exchanges Since 2011

When the merits of cryptocurrencies are raised one point which is heavily stressed is the fact that these digital currencies remove the need for banks. Whilst this is attractive (more so if you’re Zimbabwean) very rarely do evangelists of cryptocurrencies speak about how the removal of financial institutions and by extension authorities meant to protect […]


UAE Messaging App ToTok Accused Of Spying On Its Huge User Base

A messaging application that originated in the United Arab Emirates and ended up on popular app stores has been labelled a “spying tool”. Though the app has already been downloaded by millions of users on Google Play and Apple Store, it turns the UAE government used to try and track “every conversation, movement, relationship, appointment, […]


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 […]


Hidden Dangers of Public Wi-Fi and How to Avoid Them From The Mouth Of Hackers

In the era when cybercrime is flourishing, public Wi-Fi has become a golden opportunity for various types of criminals. The latest survey shows that 79% of public Wi-Fi users take significant risks when choosing their Wi-Fi connection. They select a hotspot for its Wi-Fi strength, go for a name that sounds appropriate, or simply pick any free […]


Infographic: How Safe Is Your Online Data?

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C-Trade, The Share Trading Platform And Other Associated Sites Were Hacked

No doubt, digitisation (digital platforms) has immense advantages but we don’t usually mention the risk of unauthorised access that comes with these platforms. Even WhatsApp, which we consider to be very secure, was a victim of hacking last week. Yesterday in the afternoon someone reached out to us through our Tips section telling us that […]


Cyber Security Workforce Gap Is Huge: Over 2.9 Million Workers Needed

(ISC)²’s Cyber Security Workforce Study for 2018 had some interesting revelations regarding the state of the cybersecurity workforce. There might a be a cybersecurity crisis on the horizon is action isn’t taken anytime soon. There’s also a pretty sweet silver lining. Worldwide there’s a shortage of nearly 3 million workers in cybersecurity. Europe, Africa and […]


Download: Cybersecurity Booklet Put Together For Your Protection

This past week was declared Cybersecurity Awareness Week by the Ministry of ICT and Courier Services. They did a few awareness workshops which were actually good on content. The issue of security in the increasingly digital world is of great importance. Here is a booklet compiled by the Zimbabwe Institute of Communication Technologies (ZICT), a division […]


Ministry Of ICT Launches National Cybersecurity Awareness Week: Zim Government Now Serious About Cybersecurity

The threats and attacks that happen in the digital world are no less injurious and dangerous to those that happen in the physical world. Zimbabwe (and the world) is increasingly entering the digital world and that progress equally exposes us to cyber threats and attacks. Which makes it needful to sit down and come up […]


Liquid Telecom Partners Kenya’s Serianu To Improve Africa’s Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity issues will remain a menace in the coming days as organizations across the globe try to improve safe practices in a bid to eliminate or reduce chances of falling victims of computer attacks. In line with attempts to mitigate cybersecurity concerns, Internet access provider, Liquid Telecom has furthered its geographical presence through a strategic […]


Digital Presence And Exposure To Cyber Criminals –  The Enigma Of Establishing A Digital Marketing Footprint

Reading through one of my friend’s profile on the LinkedIn platform worked as a setup for me to discover a world that I at no time thought I would find myself reading or writing about; Digital Marketing. Indeed, digging into his activity you encounter a young man enthusiastic about his marketing work and full of […]


It Has Taken 12 Years To Come Up With The Cyber Security Bill. Let’s Get It Over And Done With

The text below is the body of a letter that was written by ZICT Chairman, Jacob Kudzayi Mutisi and sent to the Speaker of Parliament, the Clerk of Parliament and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on ICT. The letter also went to the Office of the President and Cabinet and the AG’s office. From […]


We underestimated Cybercrime in Zimbabwe, it’s time to be woke now…

The appointment of a fully-fledged Minister of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation was met with a lot of scepticism. This was mainly driven by the perceived duplication of responsibilities among ministries, and also by the lack of public understanding of the real threat cybercrime poses. Such a perception threatens to downplay one of the […]