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Cyber Security Authority warns of rising social engineering attacks as WhatsApp scams surge

Cyber Security Authority warns of rising social engineering attacks as WhatsApp scams surge

Ghana News, Science & Technology
The Cyber Security Authority (CSA) has reported a significant increase in incidents of individuals falling victim to social engineering, resulting in unauthorised access and account takeovers on WhatsApp. The CSA noted that 187 reports have been recorded as of April 2024, matching the total number reported for the entire year of 2023. Victims are being tricked into sharing their WhatsApp verification codes with malicious actors, leading to these breaches. The CSA urges users to remain vigilant and avoid sharing verification codes with anyone. Read the Authority's statement below; DISCLAIMER: The Views, Comments, Opinions, Contributions and Statements made by Readers and Contributors on this platform do not necessarily represent the views or policy of Pent Tv Limite...
‘World’s largest’ vacuum system launched; aims to extract climate pollution from air

‘World’s largest’ vacuum system launched; aims to extract climate pollution from air

Science & Technology, World News
The “world’s largest” plant designed to suck planet-heating pollution out of the atmosphere like a giant vacuum began operating in Iceland on Wednesday. “Mammoth” is the second commercial direct air capture plant opened by Swiss company Climeworks in the country, and is 10 times bigger than its predecessor, Orca, which started running in 2021. Direct air capture, or DAC, is a technology designed to suck in air and strip out the carbon using chemicals. The carbon can then be injected deep beneath the ground, reused or transformed into solid products. Climeworks plans to transport the carbon underground where it will be naturally transformed into stone, locking up the carbon permanently. It is partnering with Icelandic company Carbfix for this so-called sequestr...
Internet penetration: 10.7 million Ghanaians offline – LONDA Report

Internet penetration: 10.7 million Ghanaians offline – LONDA Report

Ghana News, Science & Technology
A total of 10.75 million Ghanaians do not use the internet as at the beginning of last year, the 2023 LONDA Report on the digital rights and inclusion in Africa, published by the Paradigm Initiative (PIN), a Pan African organisation, has revealed. Thus, at least 31.8 per cent of the national population (33.80 million) were offline at that time. However, the country’s internet penetration rate, which stood at 53 percent in the previous year increased to 68.2 percent in 2023. The LONDA 2023 report features 26 African country reports, authored by digital rights experts from across Africa, and is published annually and monitors the environment, documents violations, and reports on the state of digital rights and inclusion in the continent. As an advocacy tool of engagement with diffe...
NCA approves Starlink’s satellite broadband application

NCA approves Starlink’s satellite broadband application

Ghana News, Science & Technology
The National Communications Authority (NCA) says it has approved Space X Starlink GH LTD, the operator of Starlink Satellite Broadband, to provide Satellite Broadband Services in Ghana. A terse statement issued by the NCA on Thursday, April 25 to announce the approval, said the approval of the application follows the policy approval of the satellite licensing framework in Ghana by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation and that “The administrative processes towards the issuance of the license is ongoing and will be completed shortly.” The deal which involves the acquisition of a significant stake in Ghana's telecommunications infrastructure by a foreign entity, underwent scrutiny to ascertain its alignment with existing regulatory frameworks and its potential to...
Elon Musk’s Neuralink shows first brain-chip patient playing chess.

Elon Musk’s Neuralink shows first brain-chip patient playing chess.

International, Science & Technology, World News
The first patient to receive a brain chip from Elon Musk's company Neuralink has appeared to play online chess. Neuralink released a nine-minute video in which the patient, who is paralysed below his shoulders, appears to move a cursor across a laptop screen with nothing but his thoughts. The video shows him playing chess and turning off the laptop's music. The patient, who had not been previously identified, said in the live stream video that his name is Noland Arbaugh, 29, who was paralyzed below the shoulder after a driving accident. Mr Arbaugh received an implant from the company in January and could control a computer mouse using his thoughts, Musk said last month. Musk previously said the aim of the brain chip is to eventually allow users with disabil...
We’re working to make Ghana ICT hub of West Africa – Communications Minister

We’re working to make Ghana ICT hub of West Africa – Communications Minister

Africa News, Ghana News, Science & Technology
Minister of Communications and Digitisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, says the government is building the pillars to make Ghana the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Hub for West Africa. “We have implemented some fundamental digital initiatives to serve as the building blocks on which to propel sustainable growth in the digital economy we are building.” “Initiatives such as the Mobile Money Interoperability platform, the Paperless Port system, National Identity Register, and Digital Property Addressing system have brought relief to our citizens and have propel the country’s digital agenda,” she said. The Minister made these remarks during the opening of the 12th Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) event in Accra. The global event organis...
Ensuring Telco Connectivity Resilience: Ghana’s plan-Z path forward

Ensuring Telco Connectivity Resilience: Ghana’s plan-Z path forward

Ghana News, Science & Technology
Ghana’s telecommunications sector is the lifeblood of our nation’s progress, connecting businesses, communities, and government services. Yet, recurrent disruptions to telco undersea cables, often due to force majeure events, threaten to disrupt this vital connectivity. It’s time for decisive action to safeguard our digital future. These disruptions aren’t just inconveniences; they have far-reaching consequences that ripple through our economy and society. Businesses suffer losses, everyday life is disrupted, and crucial government operations grind to a halt. But amidst these challenges lies an opportunity for transformation. To mitigate the risks posed by undersea cable disruptions, Ghana must prioritize the implementation of Plan Z. This comprehensive strategy, spearheaded by t...
It may take 5 weeks to restore stable internet – NCA

It may take 5 weeks to restore stable internet – NCA

Africa News, Ghana News, Science & Technology
Ghanaians battling interruptions from their data service providers may have to wait for at least, another five weeks. This is because that is how long the National Communication Authority (NCA) estimates it may take for the faulty undersea cables to be restored, bringing back stable connections in the affected countries The NCA made this known in a press release on Saturday, March 16, 2024. This was after a meeting with the four subsea cable landing service providers (ACE, MainOne, SAT-3 and WACS). It comes three days after data services from most of the telecommunications companies shut down, impacting people and businesses in some African countries including Ghana. South Africa, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Benin, and Burkina Faso are among other nations bearing the bru...
Disruption to international submarine cables off the West African coast [West Africa Cable System (WACS), South Atlantic-3 (SAT-3), MainOne, Africa Coast to Europe (ACE)]

Disruption to international submarine cables off the West African coast [West Africa Cable System (WACS), South Atlantic-3 (SAT-3), MainOne, Africa Coast to Europe (ACE)]

Africa News, Science & Technology
Whilst the cause of the reported cable breaks off the Ivory Coast of West Africa has not yet been confirmed, Angola Cables (www.AngolaCables.co.ao) is ensuring that the impact on Angola and other African countries is being minimized by redirecting international data and traffic to the SACS cable, which connects Angola directly to Brazil and from there to the United States and Europe. Angola Cables has network backup and restoration solutions available through cables that have not been affected by the faults off the Ivory Coast. Our technical team is currently diligently working with industry partners to stabilise international connectivity and to ensure that we can provide support and guarantee the stability of services to African network operators and entities that need it. Dist...
MTN Ghana apologises to subscribers for internet connectivity challenges

MTN Ghana apologises to subscribers for internet connectivity challenges

Ghana News, Science & Technology
MTN Ghana has apologised to its subscribers for the challenges they faced in accessing data services and reaching its call center. The company assured that it is working to resolve the issue. “This is due to a disruption on our international undersea cables. Our technical teams are working with our international partners to resolve the issue”, a statement from MTN Ghana said.  “We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience and will keep subscribers updated”. Telecoms Chamber explains Earlier, the Ghana Chamber of telecommunications also attributed the difficult in accessing internet connectivity today March 14, 2024, to outages on multiple submarines optic fibre cables that come into Ghana. According to the chamber, some of the cables are down while others are de...

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