Coding errors in 685 mobile-apps leave 180 million smartphone users vulnerable

Up to 180 million smart phone users may have some of their text messages and calls intercepted by hackers because of a coding error that affects at least 685 mobile apps cyber security experts say. Developers have mistakenly coded credentials for accessing services provided by Twilio Inc, allowing hackers to access personal credentials by reviewing the code in the apps, then gain access to data sent over those services. Loggings, pawwsords compromised The sheer number of apps affected by this is quite significant according to cyber security experts. As a…

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France media attacker jailed for 25 years

A French court has sentenced a man who wounded a photographer in a shooting in 2013 to 25 years behind bars, in a case that predated the string of jihadist attacks that has since struck the country. Abdelhakim Dekhar, now 52, was arrested in November 2013 following a major manhunt after he broke into the headquarters of the BFMTV channel. Newspaper attacks There, he threatened journalist Philippe Antoine with a shotgun, and said: “Next time, I won’t miss.” Three days later, still on the run, he managed to stage a…

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Experts Explore Infrastructure and Cooperation to Improve Lives

Addis Ababa — African economies require structural transformation to attain sustained growth that trickles down to all its peoples, an official from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told experts gathered at the organization’s Ethiopian headquarters. Soteri Gatera, who heads the ECA’s Industrialization and Infrastructure Section, says only such “inclusive” economic growth will help resolve the “persistent social economic problems” Africa faces. He was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of experts, which precedes the opening of ECA’s tenth session of the Committee on Regional Cooperation and Integration.…

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South Africa Set to Boost Trade With Cuba

The upcoming Havana International Fair will further advance relations between South Africa and Cuba, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Mangwanishe. The Deputy Minister will lead a South African business delegation that will showcase locally made products and services at the Havana International Fair (FIHAV), which commences on 30 October. “Our 2016 total trade with Cuba amounted to almost R180 million, with South African exports dominant at R149.7 million and Cuban exports to South Africa sitting at R29.8 million. We also have an Economic Assistance Agreement in operation, where…

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AFC: Scaling Up Required to Address Urgent Infrastructure Demand

interview The African Finance Corporation (AFC) which was established to help bridge Africa‘s huge infrastructure gap, has made investments totaling more than $4.5 billion in a decade of operations. In an interview with AllAfrica’s Bunmi Oloruntoba and Reed Kramer during this month’s Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank, CEO Andrew Alli outlined that corporation’s strategy for scaling up to address Africa‘s major infrastructure  Give us a quick overview. The Africa Finance Corporation is an African multilateral organization that is tasked with financing infrastructure projects in five sectors. These…

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