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Yahoo Says Hackers Stole Information From Over 1 Billion Accounts

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Hackers stole data from more than one billion Yahoo user accounts, the company disclosed late today. This breach is believed to be in addition to the one that was announced just a few months ago.

The breach and resulting leak were not discovered by Yahoo, but rather by law enforcement officials who provided Yahoo with data files that a third party had obtained and claimed was stolen from Yahoo. Today, Yahoo said that after analyzing the data with the help of outside experts, it believes that the stolen information is real, and that over a billion accounts’ worth of information had been stolen by some unauthorized party (or parties) in August of 2013; the attack is believed to have been perpetrated using forged cookies by hackers who had knowledge of Yahoo’s internal system workings. As of yet, however, neither Yahoo nor law enforcement appears to know who it was who originally stole the data.

Yahoo did clarify that “Payment card data and bank account information are not stored in the system the company believes was affected,” and that all all unencrypted security questions and answers have been invalided.

That said, one of the problems with challenge questions in general is that the answers are the same across different sites. The color of your first car, your mother’s maiden name, and the place that you met your significant other don’t change when you go from Yahoo to some other site. So, if you used your Yahoo password or challenge questions elsewhere, it might be wise to change them ASAP. Also, be wary of phishing emails referencing the Yahoo data leak — criminals will certainly try to exploit the panic that ensues after a major breach announcement.

 

 

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AI Expo Africa 2019 Starts to Announce Line-Up for Africa’s Largest B2B Trade Focused AI Conference and Expo For Business, Investors & Entrepreneurs

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Cape Town 8th July 2019 –Now in its second year, AI Media Africa Co-founder Dr Nick Bradshaw recently talked to Cape Talk Radio host KienoKammies about AI Expo Africa 2019, the largest B2B focused AI & Data Science community and trade event in the region,that builds upon the phenomenal success of the inaugural 2018 event that was supported by 732 delegates, 275 companies, 69 speakers and 43 sponsors.

Bradshaw explains, “Last week was a super busy week of Radio and TV interviews for us, which coincided with the launch of the SA Governments own 4IRSA initiative which is great news for our region. It’s heartening to hear that President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, sees the Fourth industrial revolution as a catalyst for growth.  This is exactly why we created AI Expo Africa.  This year’s event is happening on 3rd-5th September at the Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town.  We will be welcoming new vendors, start-ups and community members who see the value of a trade focused event that brings buyers and suppliers together under one roof.  It’s all part of our wider vision to create an AI Powered Future for Africa and more locally to make the Western Cape a technology hub for AI innovation and entrepreneurism in South Africa”.

Bradshaw concluded, “We have had over 150 speaking submissions this year, up from the 115 of last year, which shows interest in this event format is growing.  Our own community membership sits at 2700+ membersand has doubled in size in just 6 months.  In response, we have enhanced the programme with a range of new features for sponsors and delegates alike, to make this the biggest and most immersive learning experience for CxOs, Enterprises, investors and start-ups. We have speakers and support from large organisations such as IBM, SAP, PWC, Microsoft, Deloitte, Hitachi Vantara, Persistent Systems, Telkom and CHPC, through to SMBs such Lightblue, Future Fragment, Ocular Technologies, OLSPS, Ecosystem AI, Exacaster, Genii AI, Cortex Logic, Granadilla Insurance, Offerzen, Conversica and Instadeep.  We also welcome new International community members such as the ITU, French Embassy and Business France as well as African community thought leadersfrom Data Science Nigeria and South Africa’s Fliptin– it’s going to be a great event”.

AI Expo Africa 2019 includes the following key elements aimed at showcasing the real-world business opportunities of AI in Africa;

  • VIP Opening & Awards Event withregional product launches &announcements
  • 36x vendor Expo Hall showcasing African AI innovation plus Demo Zone
  • Main show September 4th – 5th September 2019 with evening networking reception
  • Dedicated AI Innovation Cafe showcasing 17 AI start-ups
  • 4x Track speaking programme with 67 talks, keynotes & panels
  • 4x Executive workshops aimed at CxO decision makers & business analysts
  • 4x Skills workshops aimed at young engineers, students & entrepreneurs
  • AI Art Challenge – Africa’s first AI generated music & art competition hosted by Zindi 
  • Innovation Wall – Showcasing10 African academic R&D posters applicable to industry
  • TV Media Hub with dedicated interview suite streaming live from the show
  • The show edition of Synapse Magazine – Africa’s first AI & Data Science Magazine
  • Plus we have expert panel discussions covering ethics, privacy, AI4Good, education, women in AI, adoption models and investment
  • Our chosen charity is again Starting Chance South Africa – Teaching kids and women from disadvantaged communities about ICT in a safe learning environment.

Also Read Lillian Barnard: Tech Enthusiast And First Female Managing Director, Microsoft South Africa

AI Expo Africa Co-founder Roy Bannister concluded, “Our event is one of the highlights of South African Innovation Month and we have stuck to the winning formula of our 2018 format but added a couple of new features that showcase the best of African AI innovation and creativity in the field of AI and Data Science. Feedback from our 2018 show indicated delegates wanted a more hands on experience to better understand the new and emerging technologies that are evolving at a rate that is hard to comprehend.  The 4IR is characterised by phenomenal rates of innovation, one being that use cases not possible even 12 months ago, arepossible today.  This means that new concepts are often hard to communicate as they are so new.  Our new demo zone, AI art & music challenge, executive workshops and innovation wall are all about making the learning experience more rewarding, tangible and stimulating for delegates, we hope you can join us”.

Tickets are still on sale and readers of this article can access a 20% discount off a full delegate pass by using the discount code CAPETALK when you buy online at Quicket

About AI Expo Africa 2019

Curated by AI Media Africa, AI Expo Africa 2019 is focusing on real world applications & trends driving the Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Data Science Economy in Africa.  AI Expo Africa is the largest Business focused AI Community conference and expo on the continent.  With 700+ delegates, 60+ speaker programme, 40+ exhibitor Expo Hall, allied to the unique Innovation Cafe showcasing the latest AI start-ups in the region, we deliver a truly integrated event experience.  Our speaking programme and workshops are aimed at CxOs, analysts and investors with the primary goal of educating business leaders about AI & Data Science applications solving Enterprise challenges TODAY as well as generating real business and learning opportunities for sponsors, speakers, buyers, suppliers & innovators alike.  We also have FREE student / young engineer workshops to foster grass roots job creation & skills development opportunities.  If you would like to join the event as a delegate or would like take up one of the exhibition, Innovation Cafe or speaking opportunities simply visit www.aiexpoafrica.com

Learn more about AI Media Africa here www.aimediagroup.co.za

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CRITAC: A Must Know Scientific Research Center In Africa Founded By This Young African Ghanaian Scientist, Dr. Kester Quist Aphetsi

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The Center for Research, Information, Technology and Advanced Computing founded by the Young African Ghanaian Scientist, Dr. Kester Quist Aphetsi. RANK 1ston Clarivate Analytics in Ghana for its good scientific research.

Over the years,CRITAC has been providing webinars, workshops, seminars and tech-news. They feature distinguished speakers from professional bodies, academia and industry on their programs.

Their research laboratories are led by top research scientists, industrial experts and research studentswith research laboratories in different domains necessary for the execution of the projects they undertake.

Reports and works from CRITACare published withreputable publishers such as ACM, IEEE, Springer, Elsevier, Taylors and Francis, Emerald etc with indexing at Thompson Reuters and Scopus. One can accesstheir current research works and reports with the above-mentioned publishers.

Engaging CRITAC means engaging some of the best minds with the expertise of providing timely solutions to problems leveraging on innovation and ingenuity in delivering results.

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Their Research and Development programs are revolutionary breakthroughs in areas such as cyber security, big data, artificial intelligence, embedded systems, networked systems and software, and the application of such technologies to diverse fields in business, science, engineering, education, government etc.

Amongst the countless Scientific Research Conference organised by CRITAC is the recent ended 2019 ICSIoT Conference at the Ghana Technology University that gathers students, professionals, Researchers, Scientists, Security Organisations, Military Personnel’s, Police and the likes.

http://critacghana.com/critac/

 

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Egypt hosts ‘Seamless North Africa 2019’ to discuss latest trends in Financial Technology

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CAIRO – June 2019: For the second consecutive year, Central Bank of Egypt will host on the 17th and 18th June 2019, the FinTech Conference “Seamless North Africa 2019”, under the auspices of H.E the Prime Minister, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, and with the participation of the most renowned international and local experts in the field of financial technology, e-payments and e-commerce.

The conference is held in collaboration with the Council of Arab Economic Unity and the League of Arab States, and is co-organized by the Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI).

Partakers will represent influencing and well recognized entities, institutions, banks and international companies, that cover multiple sectors of banking, finance and e-commerce, aiming to discuss and evaluate the role played by new technologies and strategies to cater for improved services to citizens and consumers across the Arab world.

Ms. Lobna Helal, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, affirmed that “hosting the conference for the second year in a row reflects the tremendous success achieved by SEAMLESS 2018 in its first edition, emphasizing that “The Central Bank of Egypt’s hosting of the Conference stems from the premise of its pioneering role to communicate with society and address the challenges facing the expansion of innovative financial products and services. The role played by the Central Bank is no longer limited to the regulatory and organizational aspects, but has extended to support and incentivize the society to be less cash dependent and to sustain the transition towards financial inclusion, Under the umbrella of the National Payments Council, which is privileged with the chairmanship of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. ”

Eng. Ayman Hussein, Sub-Governor of the Central Bank for the Payment Systems and Information Technology Sector, has stated that “The conference has attained escalating importance derived from the leading role played by FinTech in providing, efficient, effective and affordable financial and banking services to meet the diverse timely and logistical needs of customers, thus creating an enabling environment and improving accessibility to the general public, appointing financial technology as a key pillar of financial inclusion and a fundamental supporter of economic growth, accordingly, achieving benefits on the individual and state levels”.

The conference will discuss the challenges that face Egypt’s emerging FinTech eco-system, in the areas of microfinance, microcredit, cross-border payments, remittances, data analysis, artificial intelligence for retail banking, cybersecurity and the SME credit score.

He also mentioned that the conference supports innovation in FinTech, whereas it will feature a pitch off competition for Fintech startups, whereas candidates will compete for a grant of USD 50,000 in cash awarded by an international sponsoring company. Competitors will present their new business model or innovative Fintech solution in front of a panel, composed of leading Egyptian and international experts.

Dr. Rasha Negm, General manager Fintech & innovation has added that “The conference will incorporate several panel discussions, interviews, presentations and workshops revolving around the latest trends and innovations in financial technology. An exhibition of more than 50 leading technology and innovative solution providers will be held on the sidelines of the conference, which avails an opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in the Fintech field”.

– EGYPT TODAY

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