How to avoid being a cyber-crime victim, part 2

How to avoid being a cyber-crime victim, part 2

One of the cyber crime investigators creeds is that “no cyber criminal is too smart to leave no digital traces.” Smart thieves leave few traces. But there will always be something to link the crime to a suspect.

And that is how a cyber-crime investigator established the name and mobile number of the suspect and gave the information to Uganda Police, who then obtained a court order for a call log printout from the telecom company. Together with the email header information, the physical location of the suspect’s office was established. With a search warrant, police visited the suspect’s offices in […] Read more

Security brief: The breach of all breaches – the Equifax dilemma

Security brief: The breach of all breaches – the Equifax dilemma

Half the population of America, over 143 million people may have had their Social Security numbers and other data stolen, in the massive data breach at Equifax, the credit bureau. The breach that took place in May 2017 is considered the biggest so far.

www.equifax.com (website is currently not available), is the Uganda’s equivalent of three entities – National Information Registration Authority (NIRA), National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and Credit Reference Bureau (CRB). These entities hold a lot of data about Ugandans. The NIRA contains the NIN which identifies all registered Ugandans by their birth, sex, place of residence, village of […] Read more

Cyber security facts and fiction, issue 1

Cyber security facts and fiction, issue 1

Issue: A lawyer in Uganda is said to be threatening Facebook for meta-data and user registration details of one TVO; who has made several allegations on his Facebook page.

Fact: Want to know who posts what on Facebook? It’s not that easy. And Facebook won’t give you the details, as doing so could be in contradiction with their privacy policy, at compliance level and kill their business at a strategy level. People post too much private details on their pages with a ‘psychological contract’ that the cloud host (Facebook) will respect their privacy. Globally even when national security is at risk, […] Read more