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15 October 2018 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


How mega Russian cyber attack was thwarted

A Russian cyber-attack on the headquarters of the international chemical weapons watchdog was disrupted by Dutch military intelligence just weeks after the Salisbury novichok attack, Legalbrief reports. The revelation follows a surge in spying cases that have escalated the diplomatic war between the ... Read More


Google pulls the plug on creaking social network

Google announced it is shutting down the consumer version of its online social network after fixing a bug exposing private data in as many as 500 000 accounts. In March, as Facebook was coming under global scrutiny over the harvesting ... Read More

Big brands linked to fake news websites

A News24 investigation has found that some of South Africa's biggest banks, insurance companies and car manufacturers have been caught advertising on fake news websites. Big brands like Absa, Coronation, Cell C, Capitec, Mercedes-Benz, Takealot and OUTsurance which spend ... Read More

Union leaders deny sexual harassment claims

Pan African Congress (PAC) and union leader Narius Moloto is at the centre of a sexual harassment scandal after a 23-year-old woman alleged that he sent her pornographic messages and solicited sex from her in exchange for a permanent job ... Read More


‘Mass online destruction’ key to criminal cases

How does the media navigate the treacherous waters where fake news abounds and many angry social media users regularly spew defamatory, hateful and often highly obnoxious remarks as if they were the truth and they have the right to do ... Read More

‘Like the mind of God’

In 1998, Google, formally incorporated in a garage in Menlo Park, California. It had a straightforward goal: make the poorly indexed World Wide Web accessible to humans. Its success was based on an algorithm that analysed the linking structure of ... Read More


Digital technology adopted

* Rwanda has adopted digital technologies in the power distribution system as it increasingly looks for ways of how to efficiently respond to the country's power demands. Minister of State for Energy, Water and Sanitation Germaine Kamayirese said the country ... Read More

Musk targets SEC

* Tesla CEO Elon Musk took aim at the Securities and Exchange Commission in a tweet on Thursday, calling it the ‘Shortseller Enrichment Commission’. ‘Just want to that the Shortseller Enrichment Commission is doing incredible work,’ he said. ‘And the ... Read More

Photo hits a nerve

* Former NFL kicker Jay Feely got more than he bargained for when he shared a photo of he, his daughter and her boyfriend on prom night. Feely posted a photo of the trio pre-prom in which he is holding a ... Read More