2019 South-East Cybersecurity conference coming up, EFCC continuous raid on cybercriminals in Nigeria, hacking of Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account, and more of the week’s top security news.
Firstly, After the huge bust of cybercriminals in the United States where 80 suspected criminals where caught has shone the light on Nigeria and as a result the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have increased their efforts in the fight against cybercrime in Nigeria by collaborating with the FBI to track down suspects here in Nigeria. The EFCC has doubled efforts by arresting some of the alleged criminals and also a great number of suspected Internet fraudsters have been arrested in different parts of the country.
The Hacking of twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey’s account on Friday 30th August 2019 was by a group called Chuckle squad who were responsible for the hacks of popular YouTube celebrities account. The hackers tweeted Racial insults and offensive tweets for like an hour. The hack was possible through a technique called “sim-jacking” where an existing phone number details are transferred to a new Sim card, usually after attackers trick the customer support staff at a mobile provider. The hacked @jack tweets were posted using Cloudhopper, a tool for posting tweets by SMS (phone texting).
Techcode Nigeria, an Indigenous Cyber Security company is organizing the 2nd Edition of the South-East Cyber Security Conference and Exhibition from the 16th – 18th October 2019 at the Kobb Civic Center, GRA, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria. The programme which aims to serve the government and the Private Sector mostly in the South-Eastern part of the country has activities such as Exhibition and Hackathon Competition open to all Tertiary Institutions.
Apple’s Bounty search for who can breach the security of the iPhone has even increased, Apple Inc. announced that they would give up to 1.5 million dollars to any one that can breach the security of the iPhone. This announcement was made by Ivan Krstic, Apple’s Head of Security Engineering. According to Apple, the bounty will be expanded to cover the macOS, tvOS, watchOS and iCloud. So if you think you’re up for it, you can head up on to Apple’s Support Page for more information.
That’s it for this week’s security news. Check back next week for more news in the cybersecurity world.