South African Government Hacked

Multiple confirmed reports of scams and criminal activity originating from the Department of Justice has been received, verified and confirmed. More technical information below this report. Recipients received the following from the Department of Justice email SERVERS (more than one): +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Hi I wish to let you know that as you read this, I have …

Molecular neuromorphic computing device discovered

Reservoir computing devices are predicted as the next-generation artificial intelligence. Scientists developing  neuromorphic chips (silicon based chips that mimic brain structure) has, up to now, not been able to replicate the action of nerve impulses (spikes) to mimic the human brain. Under the leadership of Megumi Akai-Kasaya, a group of researchers from Kyushu Institute of Technology …

More bad news for users as yet another Intel CPU Security issue is exposed

After Spectre and the Spectre NG (Next generation Spectre), where exploits saw passwords and other data leaked from memory, one would have mistakenly thought that NG would have been the last of the related security vulnerabilities. Dr Christian Rossow published a paper detailing a new ‘inverse’ predictability attack. The security flaw relates to the return …

PC Shipments Grew For the First Time in Six Years

In US News, the research and consulting vendor, Gartner published the numbers of US PC shipments, by vendor for the second quarter of 2018. Quoted from the release: “Worldwide PC shipments totaled 62.1 million units in the second quarter of 2018, a 1.4 percent increase from the second quarter of 2017, according to preliminary results …

SDA New Specification 985MB/sec up to 128TB SD Cards possible

The SD Association has released SD Express specification, which they call “a Revolutionary Innovation for SD Memory Cards”  From the press release: “The PCle interface delivering a 985 megabytes per second (MB/s) maximum data transfer rate” and “the maximum storage capacity in SD memory cards grows from 2TB with SDXC, to 128TB with the new …

Wikipedia hosts annual conference in South Africa 18-22 of July 2018

For the first time ever, Wikipedia will host their annual conference in the Global South this year (broadly representing Africa, Asia and Latin America), as it examines how to improve knowledge equity on its sites, given that most of its editors still hail from the Global North. Bridging these knowledge gaps include expanding its non-Western …

Microsoft to buy GitHub

Bloomberg reported that Microsoft has concluded a deal to purchase GitHub. GitHub is an open source code repository website and system and is valued at several billion dollars, even though GitHub is not yet profitable and has no CEO. Tom Preston-Werner, the former CEO and one of the co-founders resigned in 2014 after a female …

Intel releases Details and Mitigation Information for Variant 4

a Few hours ago, May 21, 2018, Intel released a statement about: Details and Mitigation Information for Variant 4  This is relevant to consumers as this is the fourth variant of the “Spectre” family of security issues related to processors. Intel states that: “This new derivative is called Variant 4, and it’s being disclosed jointly …