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Federal Government Bans Sim Card Importation

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has banned the importation of subscriber identity module (SIM) cards. Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami made the announcement on Monday in Oniru, Lagos.

Microsoft Permanently Shuts Down Internet Explorer

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Tech giant, Microsoft is scheduled to permanently shut down its iconic browser, Internet Explorer (IE) on June 15, 2022. In April this year, the company advised organizations utilizing IE to proactively retire the browser. The company said, “Instead of waiting, we recommend that you schedule your own internal retirement date, the best way to prepare for IE disablement after June 15 is to proactively retire IE in your organizations before June 15.

NCC: MTN, Mafab To Launch 5G Services From August 24

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) announced that MTN Nigeria and Mafab Communications Limited would commence fifth-generation (5G) services from August 24, 2022. The Commission stated that this was confirmed by its management during a Board’s Special Meeting chaired by its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta.

Information Warfare: FG Seeks Google Support

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Nigerian Government through her Ministery of Information and Culture has tasked tech giant Google to help in her battle against disinformation, the spread of fake news and hate, from users on its platforms. The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made the request when he hosted a team from Google in his office in Abuja on Thursday, stated that the platform is becoming popular among those who are waging information warfare against the country and has implored the tech giant to deny them, especially the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) the use of its platform for its acts of violence and destabilization.

Microsoft Warns Of 'Raspberry Robin' Worm On Windows Networks

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Microsoft has warned of discovery of a Windows worm on networks of hundreds of organisations in various industries. The malware referred to as “Raspberry Robin” is said to spread through USB devices. The worm was first spotted in September 2021 by intelligence analysts Red Canary, bleeping Computer reported. Now, the worm has been detected on the networks of multiple customer, many of whom are companies from the technology and manufacturing sectors. It requires a user to insert the USB device and click a malicious. LNK file. After that, the worm uses the Windows command prompt to launch an msiexec process and run a malicious file also present on the device. A connection is then established with a command and control server using a short URL, and if successfully, a number of malicious DLLs are downloaded and installed. The legitimare Windows utility odbcconf.exe is then used to execute the DLLs while the worm repeatedly attempts to connect to Tor network nodes. At least some of the command and control servers being used are thought to be infected QNAP NAS devices.

NCC Alerts Nigerians On New Car Theft Pattern

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) crave the indulgence of telecom consumers and members of the public on an ongoing cyber-vulnerability that allows a nearby hacker to unlock vehicles, start their engines wirelessly and make away with the cars. The Commission revealed that the fact that car remotes are categorized as short-range devices that make use of radiofrequency (RF) to lock and unlock cars informed the need for the Commission to alert the general public on this danger, where hackers take advantage to unlock and start a compromised car.

Elon Musk Sells Tesla Shares Worth $6.9bn

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Billionaire founder of Tesla Inc., Elon Musk has sold $6.9 billion shares of Tesla stock ahead of Twitter’s court case, taking advantage of a recent rise in the electric vehicle maker’s stock price. He now owns 155.04 million shares in Tesla. Last year the billionaire sold more than 15 million Tesla shares. As speculation mounted over the reason for the disposal, Musk responded in a series of late-night tweets, saying he wanted to avert an emergency sale of stock. When followers asked him if he had finished selling Tesla shares and would buy the stock again if the deal does not close, Musk responded: “Yes.” Musk and Twitter are locked in a legal battle over the former's effort to walk away from the April agreement to buy the company.

WhatsApp New Feature Will Allow Users Exit Groups Silently

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Meta's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg, has announced exciting new privacy features for Whatsapp users this month. According to the CEO users will now be able to exit groups without everyone in the group knowing. This is part of new privacy features introduced by the social media platform. With the "Leave Groups Silently" feature, instead of notifying the full group when leaving, only the admins will be notified. Zuckerberg, who made this known in a Facebook post said WhatsApp users can also prevent people from doing a screenshot of messages tagged as 'view once'.

Elon Musk Twitter Deal Collapses

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American businessman and billionaire, Elon Musk, has pulled out of the $44 billion Twitter deal after negotiating and dealings broke down between the billionaire and the tech giant. Musk who in April 2022 declared his interest to buy Twitter, has made a U-Turn stating that Twitter failed to provide enough information on the number of spam and fake accounts.

Russia Quits International Space Station


Russia has announced that it will quit the International Space Station (ISS) after its current commitment expires in 2024 and will focus more on creating its own orbital outpost. Although Russia is yet to inform other partners about its decision, NASA officials, who want to extend operations of the space station through 2030, have expressed confidence that Russia would remain.

Court Orders MultiChoice To Sub-license Channels


The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt has ordered the popular subscription-based platform, MultiChoice, to sub-license some of its channels to Metro Digital, a multi-channel terrestrial digital service provider in Nigeria. The judgement was delivered on Wednesday by Justice Olabode Adegbehingbe, who ruled that the lower court erred in dismissing the suit of Metro Digital (the Appellant) when the appellant provided proof of the existence of the dispute between itself and MultiChoice (the first Respondent).

NIS Set To Introduce Passport Tracking System


The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) stated that it has introduced a tracking system to enhance the process of issuance and collection of passports. The Acting Comptroller-General, NIS, Idris Jere disclosed this to journalists during a virtual media briefing. According to him, “The NIS has introduced a passport tracking system. With the system, applicants can now trace the status of their passports from the comfort of their homes.

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