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Data leak on UIF COVID-19 relief scheme website

Data leak on UIF COVID-19 relief scheme website

By Jan Vermeulen for MyBroadband The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has made changes to the website for its Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) after a security researcher reported a data leak. This leak allowed anyone to obtain the UIF reference...

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Competition Commission flooded with complaints

Competition Commission flooded with complaints

Source: IOL South Africa’s Competition Commission told the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry that since the national disaster was declared in March, it had received a total of 1 354 complaints and tip offs from the public regarding inflated prices. The...

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Eskom restricts power supply to parts of Gauteng

Eskom restricts power supply to parts of Gauteng

By Sibongile Khumalo for Fin24  Eskom says it has taken the unprecedented decision to restrict electricity supply to parts of residential areas around Johannesburg, where unusual surges in consumption have been recorded. There has been a trend of surges during peak...

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Beware Microsoft Teams password-stealing scams

Beware Microsoft Teams password-stealing scams

Source: Abnormal Security Attackers have been impersonating notifications from Microsoft Teams in order to steal the credentials of employees. Recently, Microsoft Teams has seen one of the largest increases in users as a result of the shift to remote work given the...

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SA’s worst-ever loadshedding may begin soon

SA’s worst-ever loadshedding may begin soon

In a recent interview with MyBroadband, energy expert Ted Blom said he expects that as mining and smelting come back online under new lockdown regulations, the heavy demand increases could see Eskom face problems as soon as next week. As the country heads into winter,...

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Malware infects 1.69m Android handsets in South Africa

Malware infects 1.69m Android handsets in South Africa

Source: Business Ghana Secure-D from Upstream detected 1.69 million malware-infected android devices in South Africa last year. Within many popular apps, Malware is lurking unseen and committing background fraud that targets advertisers, operators and consumers. The...

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Hackers sell 500 000 Zoom credentials on the dark web

Hackers sell 500 000 Zoom credentials on the dark web

By Hemani Sheth Mumbai for The Business Line Hackers are selling over 500 000 Zoom accounts on the dark web and hacker forums for less than a penny each, and in some cases, for free according to a recent report by web platform Bleeping Computer. Bleeping computer in...

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WhatsApp group admins may be criminally liable for fake news

WhatsApp group admins may be criminally liable for fake news

By James de Villiers for Business Insider SA Media law experts believe WhatsApp admins in SA may be held liable for false information shared on their groups. However, they would need to know that the information being shared is false, and do nothing about it....

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SA sees spike in network attacks

SA sees spike in network attacks

According to Kaspersky, a major spike in network attacks took place in South Africa last week. Affected devices increased from 20,000-30,000 to about 310,000 in the period spanning from 15 – 21 March. This has coincided with an increase in remote working in the...

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