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10 Inside BUINESS: ICT & GADGETS Wednesday, August 9 2017 | NEW ERA Deception tech helps to thwart hackers’ attacks In World War II, the Allies employed all kinds of sneaky tricks to deceive their enemies into thinking they had more troops and weapons at their disposal than they actually had. The camouflage techniques of one unit active in North Africa, which on one occasion consulted a stage magician about the way he fooled audiences, proved decisive in several key battles. And the biggest deception of all was Operation Fortitude which fooled the Nazis about where the D-Day landings would actually take place. The same principles of deception and misdirection, albeit on a much smaller scale, are now starting to be used by some organisations to thwart malicious hackers keen to establish a bridgehead on internal networks. “It’s a classic idea of warfare to prevent the adversary from having a real understanding of your reality,” said Ori Bach from deception technology firm Trapx. “It’s just like the Allies in WWII. They made fake tanks, fake air bases, fake everything.” And just like those ersatz weapons of war, the fakes implanted on a network look just like the real thing. “We create a shadow network that is mimicking the real network and is constantly changing,” he said. The use of so-called deception technology has grown out of a realisation that no organisation can mount perfect digital defences. At some point, the attackers are going to worm their way in. Given that, said Mr Bach, it was worth preparing for their arrival by setting up targets that are simply too juicy for the malicious hackers to ignore once they land and start looking around. “We want our shadow network to be more attractive to the hackers than the real stuff,” he said. Deception technology has grown out of work on another useful cyber-thief tracking technology known as honey pots, said Joe Stewart of deception firm Cymmetria. A honey pot is a computer that resembles a typical corporate server to the automated tools that many hackers use to scour the net for targets. Many large security firms set up lots of individual honey pots, he said, to gather intelligence about those tools and the malware being used to subvert them. But, said Mr Stewart, the problem with honey pots is that they are passive and only involve a few separate servers. By contrast, deception technology is generally used on quite a grand scale so any attacker that turns up has little clue about what is real and what is fake. - BBC Up… Bitcoin’s value reached US 451.86 per coin in Monday trade. The virtual currency had never crossed the US 000 mark until the weekend. Bitcoin soars to record high value Bitcoin’s value has jumped to a record high, following a month of turmoil. The virtual currency reached US 451.86 per coin in Monday trade, according to the Coindesk Bitcoin Price Index. It had never crossed the US 000 mark until the weekend. The market value of all bitcoins in existence has now surpassed US billion. The surge followed the creation of a spin-off crypto-currency, Bitcoin Cash, last week. The new asset is trading well below the peak price of US7.54 per coin it attained on 2 August. However, Bitcoin Cash’s future does appear to be more assured after Coinbase, one of the leading exchange and wallet services, promised to support it after previously refusing to give such a commitment. “We are planning to have support for Bitcoin Cash by 1 January 2018, assuming no additional risks emerge during that time,” it announced on its blog. The value of the original Bitcoin experienced big swings in July. First there was concern that there might be a “civil war” over rival plans to speed up transactions. That helped cause its value to dip to US,938.94 on 16 July before a compromise scheme called Segwit2x gained favour. Then a fresh plan to fork the currency emerged from a group of insiders unhappy with the Segwit2x initiative. On 1 August, they offered investors a Bitcoin Cash token to match every original Bitcoin token they owned. The move created an incompatible version of the blockchain ledger, which keeps track of past transactions. The initiative had the potential to undermine the original Bitcoin, particularly if many miners had jumped ship. Miners provide the computer processing power to authorise transactions, and Bitcoin Cash was designed to appeal to their interests. However, it currently remains more profitable to mine the original Bitcoin’s blockchain than that of Bitcoin Cash, and support for the new crypto-currency remains limited. “What this has shown is that Bitcoin is much more resilient to forks than some people thought,” commented Michael Parsons, a blockchain adviser. “And it appears that there is room for more than one type of Bitcoin to exist.” Another market watcher suggested that the introduction of Bitcoin Cash had actually contributed to the surge in the original version’s value. “We’ve seen a lot of people selling their Bitcoin Cash in order to buy more Bitcoin,” said Matthew Newton, market analyst at the eToro trading platform. “On top of this, some investors sat on the sidelines last week, waiting to see what happened, these investors are now moving back into Bitcoin.” The total market capitalisation for all crypto-currencies - including Ethereum and Litecoin - was close to US8 billion on Monday at 14:40 BST, according to CoinMarketCap. – BBC Namibia Institute of Pathology Limited (A public enterprise tasked with the responsibility of providing medical laboratory services. It operates more than 40 medical laboratories and patient service centres across the country). VACANCY Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following vacant position: 1 x Executive Secretary : Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Windhoek Interested? Visit the website of Namibia Institute of Pathology Limited under Opportunities to apply online: www.nip.com.na No hand-delivered, faxed or emailed applications will be considered. Closing Date : 11 August 2017 Google fires diversity memo author A Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about workplace diversity has been fired, the BBC can confirm. The controversial memo broke the firm’s code of conduct, Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai said on Monday in an email to employees. The memo, shared widely at the weekend, NOTICE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT Africa Planning Forum cc (APF) hereby gives notice to all potentially Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of the Environmental Management Act (No 7 of 2007) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (GN 30 of 6 February 2012) for the following: PROJECT NAME: Construction of Emirates Hotel on Erf 1323, Ondangwa Extension 4. PROJECT LOCATION: Extension 4, Ondangwa, Oshana Region PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The proponent is of the intention to construct a hotel to be named Emirates Hotel on Erf 1323, Ondangwa Extension 4. In terms of the Environmental Management Act (No 7 of 2007) the construction of resorts, lodges, hotels or other tourism and hospitality facilities are listed activities which require an Environmental Clearance Certificate. PROJECT INVOLVEMENT: The Proponent: Emirates Construction Environmental Assessment Practitioner (EAP): Africa Planning Forum cc (APF) REGISTRATION OF I&APs AND SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS: In line with Namibia’s Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and EIA regulations (GN 30 of 6 February 2012), all I&APs are hereby invited to register and submit their comments, concerns or questions in writing via Email: environment@apf.com.na ; Fax: 061 271 228 or Tel: 061 271 220 on or before 23 August 2017. Based on the interest expressed by the public and stakeholders regarding the proposed project it will be determined if a public meeting is to be held. Should a public meeting be held all registered I&APs will be informed accordingly. suggested there were fewer women at Google due to biological differences. Mr Pichai said the text crossed the line due to it “advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace”. Entitled Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber, the paper argued that “the abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership”. The author wrote: “We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism.” Google has not confirmed who the employee is, but US media reports name him as James Damore. The memo was quickly criticised by Google’s head of diversity, Danielle Brown, but the author - whose identity has not been revealed by Google - later wrote that he had received “many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude”. In his note to staff sent on Monday afternoon, Mr Pichai spoke at length about protecting free speech in Google’s ranks, and that “much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it”. But he added: “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK. “It is contrary to our basic values and our Code of Conduct, which expects ‘each Googler to do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination’.” - BBC

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