Once again, crime does not pay – even it’s done in cyberspace.
Cleopatra Mosana, a former employee of South Africa’s Home Affairs office in CApe Town, has been accused of hacking the personal computer and accessing the internet system of Parliament’s operations officer.
Mosana appeared in the Bellville Specialized Commercial Crime Court on Wednesday.
According to Mosana’s official charge sheet, she allegedly hacked into Parliament’s operations officer, Tango Lamani’s internet system between April 2011 and June 2011.
Apparently, Lamani’s parliamentary PC and internet system contained some highly confidential and sensitive information regarding parliament, as well as personal information. (more…)
Technology has been used world wide for a long time to assist scholars in learning and especially exam preparation – and now, finally, it seems South Africa is catching on.
A website designed to support students writing their National Senior Certificate (Matric) will go live in the Western Cape on Monday, the Provincial Ministry of Education said.
Bronagh Casey, a ministerial spokeswoman, said that the website will utilize one of the internet’s best educational resources, YouTube, to assist scholars in preparing for their matric exam.
According to the Ministry of Education, the website will provide scholars with access to over 180 YouTube videos that are aimed at providing tips for passing the final matric exam. (more…)
Here’s one for the ladies; South Africa’s leading make-up, hair and beauty subscription service, rubybox, is joining forces with the mighty 24.com.
24.com, which is owned by Naspers, believes that the addition of rubybox will be beneficial to both rubybox and 24.com’s female readers. 24.com has an estimated 6 million unique visitors per month, with at least half of that being women.
rubybox, which was founded in 2011 by beauty pioneers Sylvia Gruber and Margaux Knuppe, claims to have a consumer base of approximately 50 000.
This means, nearly 50 000 women (and men) get sample beauty, make-up, hair and fragrance products delivered to their door every month.of
The premise – and success – of rubybox is quite simple; find out what South Africans need or want beauty wise, and offer it to them on a monthly ‘try-out’ basis (for a fee, of course).
rubybox not only delivers samples of various respected beauty products, but they teach their customers a thing or two about every aspect of beauty. (more…)
And so another person learns that posting controversial content on social media has consequences.
Avhashoni Ramikosi, a chartered accountant for SARS, is the latest (seemingly clever) person to come under fire for what he posts on social media.
According to the Sunday Times, Ramikosi went for a job interview as a possible candidate for an auditor-general position last Wednesday. Mr. Ramikosi was then completely taken a back when Ministers of Parliament asked him about his Facebook account and the content he has been posting on it.
Apparently, the MP’s didn’t hold back during the interview and questioned Ramikosi about (what they believed were) inappropriate posts and strong political views – that he obviously shared with his Facebook friends. (more…)
If you thought social media has taken over the world, then you are quite right. Social media has now not only absorbed the human race, but has reared it’s head in the animal kingdom, too!
In what seems to be an outrageous marketing campaign, the Johannesburg Zoo has devised a plan to get it’s animals on one of the world’s leading social media sites, Twitter.
With the plan to increase their online presence, the Jozi Zoo has given one of it’s most popular animals it’s own Twitter account; the techno-savvy resident honey badger, named BG. (more…)
Lately there have been many cases all around the world where people are liable to fines or even jail time for posting defamatory things on social media. And it looks like South Africa is no exception.
A woman from Pretoria and her husband have subsequently been ordered to pay R40 000 in damages to the husband’s ex-wife after the couple defamed her on social networking site, Facebook.
Their case wasn’t a small one either; it was heard in the Pretoria HIgh Court, where Judge Jan Hiemstra ordered the woman – who used her Facebook account – to pay the large amount of money to her husband’s ex-wife.
The ex-wife took her ex-husband and his new wife to court after the husband’s current wife posted defamatory things about her on Facebook, and then proceeded to tag her husband.
South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Unit, The Hawks, suspect that the 54-member cyber crime syndicate due back in court today, are much bigger than they seem.
If this case sounds a bit like the script of a Hollywood thriller, it is because it’s pretty close to it.
The 54-member syndicate, who have been arrested on multiple charges of fraud, theft, money laundering and racketeering, are apparently much bigger and better connected than initially thought.
Hawks investigator, Captain Oscar Mopedi, told reporters: “It is big, very big and we suspect that they have links to other crime families operating in other countries.”
The syndicate allegedly used false I.D’s from various different African countries in order to pull off their R15 million phishing scam which include sim swaps and identity thefts.
According to reports, the syndicate managed to clear R6.6 million out of 21 accounts on a single day.
South Africa’s internet connectivity is set to rise tremendously.
Cisco – a networking group – used their Visual Networking Index to project the estimated amount of network connections in South Africa by 2017; and the numbers are staggering.
The group projects that South Africa’s Internet Protocol (IP) traffic will quadruple between 2012 and 2017. This means that the estimated number of network connections in the country will be more than 133 million.
Considering that South Africa is far behind in network connections when compared to strong economic countries such as the United States, 133 million is quite a bit.
If indeed South African network connections climbs to 133 million, that will mean that the compound annual growth rate between 2012 and 2017 will be 31%.