Highly advanced malicious actors are targeting critical organizations including ministries, energy companies, national security agencies, and more. The campaign is called “Sea Turtle” and it’s based on the manipulation of DNS records. Cisco Talos is warning the world of a malicious campaign that they call “Sea Turtle”, and which has been going on since January 2017. According to the researchers, the campaign has targeted at least 40 national security and other critical organizations in 13 countries located in North Africa and the Middle East. The primary victims of the “Sea Turtle” campaign are ministries, energy companies, telecommunication infrastructure organizations, and national security agencies.
April 18, 2019 12:00 UTC
CAPE TOWN - Despite a challenging economic climate and a looming general election, major global entities in the hospitality industry still see South Africa as a big market with strong investment opportunities. “I think at the moment and for the foreseeable future, South Africa itself is our biggest market in Africa. In South Africa, the company has close to 60 hotels open, including 13 in Cape Town, with five more under development in South Africa, two of them being in Cape Town. "I think there are two trends that I would like to call out that are certainly in South Africa. “This hotel opening here (Cape Town) will be operating for the next 25 to 45 years.
April 18, 2019 11:37 UTC
HAPPENING TODAY: President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride before departing for Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. And Air Force Col. DeDe Halfhill will be the new director of press operations, filling the slot left vacant when Army Col. Typically when a new spokesperson takes over at the Pentagon, it takes a few months to get up to speed. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan welcomes Albanian minister of defense Olta Xhacka to the Pentagon. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty, Former Director of National Intelligence retired Adm. Dennis Blair, and Chairman of the Asia Pacific Initiative Yoichi Funabashi.
April 18, 2019 11:26 UTC
Technology How creatives fashion waste into gems of artHarrison Mburu hammers scrap metal into wildlife. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMGOftentimes, art materials are too pricey for struggling Kenyan artists to afford. Private airstripsSam Omondi and Khan Key find their art materials primarily at private airstrips where pilots tend to leave their derelict aeroplanes. But possibly the most touching story of an artist recycling used materials into beautiful works of art is that of 94-year-old Rosemary Karuga. Peter Walala also used second-hand clothes as the source of the art materials that won him a first-prize at the 2016 Manjano Art Competition.
April 18, 2019 11:15 UTC
The Czech Republic supports a peaceful, realistic and lasting resolution of the Sahara issue through UN-led process, said on Wednesday in Rabat Vice-speaker of the Czech Senate Jiří Oberfalzer. Speaking to journalists after his meeting with Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Mounia Boucetta, Mr. Oberfalzer welcomed the autonomy plan offered by Morocco for the settlement of the Sahara issue, saying the Moroccan plan offers a lasting solution to this regional conflict. Jiří Oberfalzer stressed the need to bolster further the Moroccan-Czech economic and commercial relations, paving the way for the building of strategic win-win partnership. For her part, Mrs. Boucetta praised the excellent ties existing between the two countries at the political, economic and parliamentary levels. “We also discussed Morocco’s autonomy plan for the Sahara, which is in line with the UN resolutions, offering a pragmatic, realistic and lasting solution to the Sahara conflict,” said Mrs. Boucetta.
April 18, 2019 10:41 UTC
The Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA) has selected German technology company Rohde & Schwarz for a multi-million Dollar contract to support their DVB-T2 network. After extensive evaluation of DVB-T2 transmitter systems from leading vendors, ENMA has opted for the R&S THU9evo transmitters from Rohde & Schwarz (pictured). To be installed at nine sites across the country to provide DVB-T2 coverage, the contract comes with strict timescales. Throughout the contract negotiations and the project, Rohde & Schwarz is working closely with its local partner, Egypt-based Integrated Communication Systems (ICS). In addition to the transmitters, the project involves the supply of UHF DVB-T2 antenna systems from Kathrein, RF feeders from RFS, combiner systems from Spinner and various auxiliary systems.
April 18, 2019 10:18 UTC
TechInAfrica – Meet Tshepo Seeletso , the Lifti founder – Lifti is a lift-club app that matches car owners and passengers from the same neighborhoods, traveling in the same directions, at the same times, to work and back. I’m a serial entrepreneur with vast experience in the South African media industry, spanning across 14 years. I’m currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Lifti – South Africa’s lift club app. I then started exploring the Startup scene in South Africa and Africa at large. What is your perspective for the next years on South Africa and more regionally on Africa?
April 18, 2019 09:33 UTC
Temenos (SIX: TEMN) (www.Temenos.com), the banking software company, has been recognized as one of the best places to work in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In January, Temenos was recognized as the ‘Best Digital Banking Solution’ (http://bit.ly/2V0OrgL) at the North Africa Banking Awards for its market-leading digital banking software. Now in its ninth year in the UAE, Great Place to Work® surveys over 300 organizations in the GCC, identifying the very best organizational cultures which enable people to power business success. Temenos Infinity is a breakthrough digital front office product, while Temenos T24 Transact is the next generation in core banking. Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures.
April 18, 2019 08:48 UTC
WFS deploys new subsea wireless IP camera technology to enhance diver safetyCreated: Thursday, 18 April 2019 06:57Scotland-based WFS Technologies has deployed a new generation of subsea technology in the North Sea that has helped improve safety and reduce costs for the offshore oil and gas industryThe company stated that the computing and subsea wireless IP camera technology deployed on a pipeline construction project enhanced diver safety and generated significant cost savings by avoiding the need for additional subsea vessels. The work was undertaken for a new subsea pipeline that was recently installed and needed to bypass a platform being decommissioned. Once it reaches the termination point, the pig is thrown into the sea where it fragments. The solution, designed by wireless subsea device specialists WFS, came in the form of subsea HD cameras mounted on a standard subsea basket, wirelessly controlled and capturing the entire operation in high definition. Building on technology first developed in 2014 and using the Australian oil company Woodside for subsea IMR, WFS Technologies developed the Seatooth Video Mark II.
April 18, 2019 06:56 UTC
During their stay in Georgia, two Saudi sisters sought help, after running away from their family in Saudi Arabia, in the latest escape case from the Kingdom. They claimed that they are at risk and would be killed if they were forced to return to Saudi Arabia. “We are two Saudi sisters who have fled the kingdom and are seeking asylum, but our family and the Saudi government have cancelled our passports, and we are now trapped in Georgia,” Maha and Wafa said. @Refugees pic.twitter.com/RPK32ar8uB — georgia sisters (@GeorgiaSisters) April 16, 2019#SaudSistersRescue We are realSoon everyone will see proof of our story — georgia sisters (@GeorgiaSisters) April 16, 2019“We fled oppression from our family because the laws in Saudi Arabia are too weak to protect us,” the two sisters added. The two young Saudi sisters mentioned that their father and brothers arrived in Georgia and were looking for them.
April 18, 2019 01:18 UTC
You must have heard about Arab protests and also significant developments across the Middle East, North and East Africa. This suggests the long-drawn-out process of political transition in the region, as well as the greater Middle East, is still in its infancy. Slogans such as “freedom, freedom” and “revolution, revolution” alongside calls on the military to protect the protesters have become more frequent. The three Arab states’ military and financial support of Mr. Haftar is but the tip of the iceberg. The jury is out on whether that will prove sufficient to succeed where protesters eight years ago failed.
April 18, 2019 01:06 UTC
Judy Woodruff:But first: Over the past several years, the United States military increased its presence and broadened its mission in Africa. One place where that expansion is best seen is Niger in West Africa, part of what's known as the Sahel region. The U.S. Air Force has built a huge new base there, from which it launches drone aircraft. But as in other hot spots where drones fly, in Niger, those operations are controversial. Special correspondent Mike Cerre was granted rare access to the base.
April 18, 2019 00:22 UTC
Mr Garriga has vowed to build walls in Spanish territories in north AfricaThe only black candidate standing for Spain’s insurgent far-right party has called for tens of thousands of migrants to be deported to Africa. Ignacio Garriga Vaz de Concicao, 32, represents Vox, the fledgling party whose dramatic rise in the polls over the past year has put it on the brink of a historic breakthrough at next week’s general election. Mr Garriga said Spaniards should come before the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants who have arrived in recent years because his country does not have “space or resources to hold the whole of Africa”. A poll published yesterday suggested Vox was growing in popularity as polling day approached. It would gain between 30-34 seats, according the survey for ABC newspaper, a higher showing than its…
April 17, 2019 23:03 UTC
"The actors behind this campaign have focused on using DNS hijacking as a mechanism for achieving their ultimate objectives," the five researchers said. "DNS hijacking occurs when the actor can illicitly modify DNS name records to point users to actor-controlled servers." In most cases, threat actors typically stop or slow down their activities once their campaigns are publicly revealed." "The threat actors also used an interesting technique called certificate impersonation. They said the threat actors were able to maintain long-term persistent access to many of these networks by using compromised credentials.
April 17, 2019 22:41 UTC
Protesters in Sudan have secured the ouster of longtime ruler Omar al Bashir. Then, suddenly, after nearly thirty years in power Omar al Bashir was deposed in coup on April 11. So what comes next in this volatile moment of political upheaval in Sudan? He is a former U.S. diplomat and UN official who has worked on Sudan issues for many years. He is currently an advisor to the United States Institute for PeaceWe kick off discussing the events that lead to the ouster of al Bashir.
April 17, 2019 21:33 UTC