National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has said it is investigating possible security and data breach at SureBet247
NITDA is the government organization responsible for implementing the country’s National Information Technology Policy as well as overseeing enforcement of its Data Protection Regulations .
Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director-general, and CEO of NITDA, told iAfrikan that he has givem an order for the incident to be investigated by NITDA’s Data Breach Investigation Team.
This follows a frustrating period since December 2019 during which Troy Hunt, an Australian security researcher and Founder of HAVE I BEEN PWNED, and iAfrikan has been trying to alert SureBet247 and have them take the necessary steps as per acceptable industry standards as well as suggested by the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation.
During January 2019 the NITDA introduced the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (‘NDPR’), and depending on how their findings and investigations go into SureBet247, the betting company and/or its suppliers could be in violation of some parts of the NDPR.
“We are also sending a letter to the affected company to provide further details before we make our conclusions. NITDA appreciates the efforts of people like you who genuinely seek to reduce the flagrant breach of personal data globally,” reads part of the message the NITDA sent to iAfrikan.
Possible violation of data regulations and more frustration with Surebet247
As mentioned in the initial article, it has been quite frustrating trying to engage with SureBet247 and getting the company to take the potential data breach seriously and alert its customers and portal users of the potential risks. Furthermore, and as mentioned in the NDPR, the company (among many other things) would be required to have a “Data Protection Officer” who would be responsible for communicating with “Data Subjects” and handling any issues relating to data protection. Thus far, it is highly probable that SureBet247 does not have such a role active.
I mention this because after experiencing frustration with the Nigerian betting company’s customer support agents, Sheriff Olaniyan, company’s co-founder and Managing Director, sent the following message to iAfrikan at 13h53 CAT on 4 January 2020:
“Hi iAfrikan , The management of surebet247 seriously frown at this malicious news been promoted by your organization. We will not hesitate to take legal action if you don’t stop and bring this down. No customer data of ours was hacked or exposed ,you have many betting company names listed on the so called list why this personal attack on surebet247. It’s obvious there is a motive around this , you post fake news without disclaimer and your informant do not provide you customer list from any of the betting company claimed to be hacked. Names posted on your list told us how your informant was asking for payment and this was demanded from us , this is pure blackmail and you reported this news so personal without evidence. We will appreciate you stopped right now.”
To date, we still await the legal action Olaniyan alluded to or any further communication from the company. This, after he sent a follow-up message in which he said their head of legal (note: not their Data Protection Officer as stipulated in the NDPR) will deal with the matter “appropriately.” Olaniyan concluded by saying “We will appreciate you stop and take this down immediately.”
At this stage, it is probably important to explain why the initial article focussed on SureBet247 even though the data dump contained information (which we would only later piece together) from betting operators and software development companies. It’s simple, the initial contact from the anonymous source mentioned, in the e-mail subject “Dumps surebet247.com and more.” Looking into the data at a glance, it also becomes apparent why Surebet247 was the main focus – SureBet247 constituted the bulk of the data and code dump.
Join Inlaks Live TechTalk Edition on Hyosung’s Revolutionary MV 100 ATM Model
Inlaks, the leading Information Technology Systems Integrator specialised in the deployment of highly scalable ICT Infrastructure solutions, will on Monday September 28, deploy the second edition of its virtual thought leadership segment called “TechTalk”.
Techtalk which was formerly a pre-recorded segment hosted on the organisations YouTube channel has now transitioned into a live virtual event across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The virtual edition kicked off in August 2020 with a segment on Financial Crime Mitigation, honing in on the superiority of Temenos Financial Crime Mitigation Solution with Emmanuel Orororo, Sales Manager, Financial Business, Inlaks.
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Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports
There were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) detections over a 7-month period in Nigeria, according to Kaspersky security solutions.
Elsewhere in South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections, showing the growing desperation of the attacks.
The company reported on 28 million malware attacks in 2020 and 102 million detections of potentially unwanted programs (pornware, adware etc.) accounted for by the beginning of August 2020.
These numbers show that it’s not only the malware that attacks users but also the “grey zone” programmes that grow in popularity and disturb their experiences, while users might not even know it is there.
Potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are programmes that are usually not considered to be malicious by themselves.
However, they are generally influencing user experience in a negative way. For instance, adware fills user device with ads; aggressive monetising software propagates unrequested paid offers; downloaders may download even more various applications on the device, sometimes malicious ones.
calculating interim results of threat landscape activity in African countries, Kaspersky researchers noticed that PUAs attack users almost four times more often than traditional malware.
They also eventually reach more users: for instance, while in South Africa, the malware would attack 415,000 users in 7-months of 2020, the figure for PUA would be 736,000.
“The reason why ‘grey zone’ software is growing in popularity is that it is harder to notice at first and that if the programme is detected, its creators won’t be considered to be cybercriminals. The problem with them is that users are not always aware they consented to the installation of such programmes on their device and that in some cases, such programmes are exploited or used as a disguise for malware downloads,” said Denis Parinov, a security researcher at Kaspersky.
By taking a closer look at PUA, it becomes apparent that they are not only more widespread but also more potent than traditional malware.
Evaluating results over the same 7-month period in Nigeria, there were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million PUA detections – which is four times as much.
Kenyan and South African threat landscapes have been more intense. In South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections.
Kenyan users faced even more malware attacks – around 14 million, and 41 million PUA appearances, Kaspersky said.
Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech
Web giants including Facebook have struck a deal with advertisers on how to identify harmful content such as hate speech, after an impasse over the issue which led to boycotts of the platform.
The agreement — which also included Twitter and YouTube — laid out for the first time a common set of definitions for hateful statements online.
In July, hundreds of advertisers including big-name consumer brands suspended advertising with Facebook as part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign, saying the social-media titan should do more to stamp out hatred and misinformation on its platform.
And earlier this month a group of celebrities — including Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry — stopped using Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours, to push a similar message.
The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) said in a statement Wednesday: “Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, in collaboration with marketers and agencies through the Global Alliance for Responsible Media have agreed to adopt a common set of definitions for hate speech and other harmful content and to collaborate with a view to monitoring industry efforts to improve in this critical area.”
The alliance was founded by the WFA and includes other major trade bodies.
According to the WFA, key areas of agreement included applying the alliance’s common definitions of harmful content; developing reporting standards for such content; establishing independent oversight; and rolling out tools for keeping advertisements away from harmful content.
The WFA said that properly defining online hate speech would remove the current problem of different platforms using their own definitions, which it said made it difficult for companies to decide where to put their ads.
“As funders of the online ecosystem, advertisers have a critical role to play in driving positive change and we are pleased to have reached agreement with the platforms on an action plan and timeline in order to make the necessary improvements,” said Stephan Loerke, chief executive of the WFA.
Luis Di Como, executive vice-president of global media at Unilever, a major advertiser, sounded a note of cautious optimism.
He said: “The issues within the online ecosystem are complicated, and whilst change doesn’t happen overnight, today marks an important step in the right direction.”
Speaking in July, Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he remained adamant that the company did not want hate speech on the social network.
On Wednesday, the company’s vice-president for global marketing solutions, Carolyn Everson, said the agreement gave all parties “a unified language to move forward on the fight against hate online.”
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