CRIME ALERT

WhatsApp vows to sue users for ‘abuse’

By Jasper Hamill for The Metro  WhatsApp has promised to take legal action against people or companies who break its rules – even if the ‘abuse’ took place on another platform. The messaging app has strict guidelines governing its own users’ behaviour and anyone who...

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Public Protector guns for Gordhan

On Friday 24 May, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane issued a report which found that Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan had acted improperly when he approved the early pension payout for former SARS senior official Ivan Pillay. The early pension payout was...

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WhatsApp is hacked

Source: BBC WhatsApp has confirmed that a security flaw in the app let attackers install spy software on their targets’ smartphones. That has left many of its 1.5-billion users wondering how safe the “simple and secure” messaging app really is. On...

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Look out for these five WhatsApp scams

By Jamie McKane for MyBroadband WhatsApp has become the most prominent messaging platform across many parts of the world, offering a range of features which enable faster and more convenient communication. The application also boasts impressive security, with...

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Millions of people still use the world’s weakest password

By Cheryl Kahla for The South African The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a UK cyber security watchdog, recently released their list of the most-used passwords on the Internet. A quick look at the most common passwords is enough to know that a lot of work still...

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How to detect and avoid online scams

By David and Libby Koch for News.com.au Digital technology, social media and e-mail have changed the way we communicate – but it also gives criminals easier access to victims. Online scams are so sophisticated and appear so authentic that they are conning...

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Online shopping scams on the rise in SA

By Wendy Knowler for Herald Live Credit card fraud has been rapidly outpacing all other forms of bank fraud in recent months, with many older people being sweet-talked by fraudsters posing as bank officials into revealing their one-time-password (OTP) over the phone....

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Zim farmers accept R238m for land compensation

By Crecey Kuyedzwa for Fin24  Former white commercial farmers in Zimbabwe who had their land expropriated under the fast track land reform programme in the early 2000’s have accepted government’s offer of an interim payment of RTGS$53m (R238m at current...

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