REUTERS: A hacker has stolen the personal information of over 100 million people from Capital One Financial Corp , the company said this week, in the latest high-profile breach of sensitive consumer data.Security experts say data breaches will continue to happen as cyber criminals and state-backed hackers target the protected information held by companies and government agencies.Such attacks leave consumers vulnerable to fraud and identity theft. Here are some steps you can take to assess the severity of the breach and better secure yourself:WHAT WAS COMPROMISED?Breaches often cover a wide range of data. Information which is already publicly available, such as your name or email address, is seen as less of a concern.Other details, however, can be extremely sensitive and need to remain private. For example, full credit card numbers, which could be used to make fraudulent purchases in your name, or passwords for your online accounts.Even if stolen, the data may still be protected by … [Read more...] about Explainer: What do you do after a data breach?
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Terminus: Thousands of cattle are trucked to Agege market in Lagos each week to meet spiralling demand for beef KADUNA (NIGERIA) - "Move! Move!" The herders cry, the packed crowd divides, and a vast column of cattle charges through the swirling dust, their long sharp horns swaying like a forest.Hundreds, possibly thousands, of beasts push their way forward, trampling the ground strewn with plastic bags.It is mid-morning but already the heat is blistering. The buyers have arrived, and the hard bargaining can begin.The scene is Agege market in Lagos -- the largest livestock trading hub in West Africa.Here, each day, 50 truckloads of livestock are disgorged into its maw to supply the 20 million inhabitants of Africa's biggest city.Nigeria has nearly 200 million mouths to feed, a figure expected to grow to almost 400 million by 2050.Going hand-in-hand with this population boom is a vast, expanding market for meat and milk. And that demand, in turn, is having invisible, but … [Read more...] about The long read: Nigeria’s War of the Land
The smart precision systems offer information that farmers need via a smartphone, including an automatic control system. For example, a machine measures the required temperature and humidity of a crop, which can be monitored via a smartphone. Depending on the temperature, the user can operate systems such as automatic watering or air temperature controls. “For farmers who grow plants in soil, machines will add the right amount of fertiliser automatically. Also, automatic spraying systems save water. We’re selling these systems now, which about 15 mushroom farmers are using,” he said, adding that the system can help farmers reduce labour costs and increase production. “We mainly focus on mushrooms, which are grown in an enclosed space, so it is easy to monitor the temperature and moisture with machines. We order the hardware from foreign countries and rewrite the software to meet local needs,” Ko Htet Aung Hlaing said. Ready to help farmers … [Read more...] about Start-up sees future farmers using hydroponics, smart tech
In the kitchen of his little London flat, some strange-looking vegetables materialized early one afternoon, and I asked Clinton Palanca what they were. “Rhubarb,” he said. Seeing my blank expression, he helpfully added, “I am going to make sinigang for dinner tonight.” Through some sort of culinary sorcery I still don’t understand, rhubarb apparently makes for a pleasing substitute for sampaloc and it turned out to be the most delicious sinigang I’ve ever had in my life. In 2014, writing in the cookbook My Angkong’s Noodles, Clinton revealed that his time as a scholar in the U.K. was also a period of discovery in terms of food. He recalled that it was only then that he developed “a hankering for Chinese Filipino home cooking.” “Aside from being the taste of home,” he wrote, “Fujianese food had a clarity and purity of taste that the greasy Cantonese stir fries and oil-based Sichuan hot-pots that were available in … [Read more...] about Clinton Palanca and the dilemma of the (un)hyphenated Filipino
By Alex Boutilier Ottawa Bureau Tues., May 14, 2019 OTTAWA–Roughly 1.5 billion people who thought their private messages were secure woke up to troubling headlines Tuesday. WhatsApp, a popular encrypted messaging service owned by Facebook, acknowledged it had been targeted by an “advanced cyber actor.” A security flaw allowed that actor to install spyware on targets’ mobile phones, giving it access to location data, private messages and other information. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know about the WhatsApp hack and practical steps to protect your own personal information. What is WhatsApp? WhatsApp is a messaging and calling application that uses end-to-end encryption, which basically just means a more secure way to communicate with the person you’re trying to reach. When end-to-end encryption works, only the intended recipient of a phone call or message can access that message. Article Continued Below The … [Read more...] about The WhatsApp hack and how to protect yourself online