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29 March 2017 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch



Investigators slam heavily-encrypted WhatsApp

Police investigating the deadly attack at the UK Parliament have set their sights on accessing WhatsApp, the heavily-encrypted messaging service that was used by the killer. An apparently lone attacker killed four people and wounded 50 others before being shot ... Read More

Snapchat reels in heavyweights

Snapchat could become more popular with advertisers than Twitter, Yahoo and AOL within three years, with the messaging app company forecast to bring in revenues of more than $3bn a year before the end of 2019. The forecast is based ... Read More

Parents defend Yahoo hacking suspect

Karim Baratov's parents say the young man accused of hacking e-mails for Russian agents is not a flight risk. Authorities in the US say he has the skills and money to escape justice. Federal prosecutors in northern California, where ... Read More


Why aircraft laptop ban makes no sense

Heathrow Airport, which is the main target of the UK Government’s ban on electronic devices, has a security flaw that renders rigorous checks futile, according to The Independent. After clearing six separate security hurdles at Istanbul airport, passengers bound ... Read More

The legalities of witnessing a crime online

The case of a 15-year-old Chicago girl who authorities say was raped while around 40 people watched on Facebook raises questions that have come up before in other attacks: What's the obligation of witnesses who see a crime unfolding ... Read More


Apple gives the all-clear

* Contrary to a hacker group's claims, Apple said none of its systems, including iCloud and Apple ID, have been breached recently. However, the company said it is keeping an eye open for potential problems and recommends that users employ ... Read More

SAP Africa offers bursaries

* SAP Africa will be awarding five bursaries to women in SA to pursue careers in data science. The announcement was made at the launch of the Africa chapter of the Women in Data Science Movement, which aims to inspire more ... Read More

Online fling sours

* A Sandton man was robbed of R190 000, allegedly by a woman who lured him on a sex date. He met her on an online dating site and they exchanged messages for about two weeks before agreeing to meet at ... Read More


Apple eyes hybrid model

Apple eyes hybrid model Apple has filed a patent that could see a future where an iPhone and a MacBook combine to make a hybrid. A patent filing published on Thursday reveals possible future designs where an iPhone or an ... Read More