Uncategorized Rwandans Taking Giant Leap Into Tech World – Taarifa Rwanda
Rwandan software developers and entrepreneurs have concluded intense brainstorming on latest innovations in the technology world.
A Tech Upskill program through KLab Startups Academy, Hackathon started on 14th to 17th Dec ’21 during which Entrepreneurs and software developers learned from the successful techpreneurs.
On Day-2 of this Hackathon (an event in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming) members were granted a guided tour at Awesomity Lab- an award-winning software development company based in Kigali.
Awesomity Lab has previously won the heart of President Paul Kagame and noted “It is great to be introduced to you. We want to encourage our young people and many more to be behind the kinds of innovations that will work for the many industries that will be developed here.”
Entrepreneurs and software developer given a mind tour at AwesomityLab to learn from the successful techpreneurs on their day 2 of Hackathon.
Meanwhile Day-3 of this Hackathon was composed of different insightful activities such as discussions with the employers panelist (Alex Ntale, SolvIT Africa, Awesomity Lab, and Zorabots)- discussions were held under the theme ‘Digital Fabrication and Excelling in software development career in Rwanda.’
Later on December 17th, Tech Upskill hackathon through kLab Startups Academy, talents and Innovators presented various projects they have been working on.
According to organisers, “Best talents and Innovators were awarded internship opportunities in both Rwandan and Germany companies, others were offered memberships.”
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The start of negotiations about a convention on combating cybercrime, scheduled for January in New York, had been postponed indefinitely, according to Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said.
“The pandemic is the enemy of the multilateral diplomacy. Two large-scale and very important int. events scheduled to take place in NYC in January (NPT Review Conference and the beginning of negotiations on a UN Convention on cybercrime) are now postponed. New dates aren’t known,” he wrote on Twitter.
The first meeting of the UN Special Committee, set up on Russia’s initiative to develop a Convention on Combating the Use of Information and Communication Technologies for Criminal Purposes, was scheduled on January 17-28 in New York.
Meanwhile, Washington has welcomed the Russian authorities arresting ransomware hackers REvil, a senior US administration official said during a special telephone briefing for reporters.
“We welcome, of course, that the Kremlin is taking law enforcement steps to address ransomware emanating from its borders. The President believes in diplomacy. President Biden and President Putin set up a White House-Kremlin Experts Group on ransomware last June. As we’ve said and the Russians have acknowledged, we’ve been sharing information with the Russians through this channel, including information related to attacks on American critical infrastructure,” she said.
Speaking about the detention of hackers, the official noted, ” I also want to be very clear: In our mind, this is not related to what’s happening with Russia and Ukraine. I don’t speak for the Kremlin’s motives, but we’re pleased with these initial actions”.
According to her, “As the President has said, cyber criminals are resilient and we will continue to take action to disrupt and deter them while engaging in diplomacy, as we have with Russia, allies, and partners around the world”.
These days sim-swap in Rwanda has become a lengthy process that requires the subscriber to appear in person at a telecom service centre. Agents have been stripped of this service.
Sim-swap, a modern form of fraud, has resulted in several subscribers losing money.
The Sim-swap scam is not only a concern to Rwanda, but other countries across the East African region, continent and globe.
In 2019, South Africa reported that in a span of one year, SIM-swap incidents had doubled.
Fabio Assolini, a senior security researcher of Kaspersky Lab, said in a report in 2019 that the scams have become common in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Africa, especially South Africa.
Assolini said that the total amount of money lost in the frauds varies by country, though there are extreme cases.
For instance, a victim from the United Arab Emirates in 2019 lost $1 million while another from South Africa lost $20,000 to SIM-swap fraudsters.
A Kenyan national, Stanley Wanjiku, in July 2018 revealed that he had lost $18,000 to the fraudsters. “On average, fraudsters can steal $2,500 to $3,000 per victim, while the cost to perform the SIM-swap starts with $10 to $40 said Assolini.
SIM-swap fraud happens when someone convinces your mobile operator to switch your phone number over to a SIM card that a criminal possesses.
In some cases, there are telecommunications companies’ employees working together with criminals. Kenya’s leading telco, Safaricom, says SIM-swap occurs when “fraudsters replace and take over the customer line”.
“Fraudsters go to the extent of registering an existing number on a new SIM card in order to intercept notifications, one-time passwords, online banking profile and transactions as well as changing the account security settings,” says Safaricom on its website.
Hannington Oduor, a security system analyst at Kenya Power, disclosed to The Standard the tricks used by fraudsters to successfully conduct SIM swaps. “SIM-swap basically is a form of identity theft. In other circles, it’s called impersonation.
The fraudster would call you, and play mind games on you. For instance, after you’ve received the call, he or she will refer to you by your full name, saying they’re calling you from your network service provider,” said Oduor.
“They’ll thereafter read out your full ID number, and go ahead to ask you to confirm if the digits are correct. They do this to win your confidence. That’s what they want at Stage One, before continuing with the fraud.
“Stage Two of their deceit, is issuing out instructions. They’d be calm and patient, and you wouldn’t know that the commands that they’re making lead to them either getting more information about your mobile money, or allows them to activate the SIM-swap prompts,” added the cyber security expert.
Some innovative engineers have developed a new aero vehicle – the Hoverbike that gives a glimpse into futuristic transportation.
The Hover Bike is a dual propeller hovercraft capable of flying up to ten feet above the ground and cruising at 72km per hour.
It has maneuverability similar to that of a motorcycle, you can just tilt your body to change your course.
It is Ideal for a range of professional and recreational uses, it’s perfect for search and rescue, border patrol, disaster relief, bounding over the desert, or flying over the water (with the optional flotation pontoon kit).
According to various online dealers, the hoverbike is priced at U$150,000. Malloy Aeronautics built the world’s first Hoverbike in 2006.
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