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US Blames China For Data Hack Of Marriott Hotel

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US Blames China For Data Hack Of Marriott Hotel

The United States has blamed China for the massive data hack of as many as 500 million guests of the world’s biggest hospitality group, the Marriott hotel chain.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the U.S. believes China masterminded the hacking, which included the theft of guest credit card information and passport numbers over a four-year period.  These include guests who stayed at hotels previously operated by Starwood, a brand bought by Marriott in 2016.

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There was no immediate comment from the Chinese government.

Us investigators suspect the hackers were working on behalf of the Chinese ministry of state security.

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The official said investigators were concerned about the data breach because Marriott is used frequently by the U.S. military and government agencies.

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Leap From 2G To 4G Would Happen Faster Than Expected In Africa – Nokia

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Leap From 2G To 4G Would Happen Faster Than Expected In Africa - Nokia

Nokia head of customer marketing and communications in the middle east and African regions, Joachim Wuilmet says the African continent is on the next great mobile phone innovation this year.

Wuilmet said mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa rose by 44% in 2017 and smartphone penetration in the same region increased by 75%. He says, Africa is poised at the edge of an evolution, ready to show the rest of the world what it can do with innovation and a commitment to improving infrastructure and that the leap from 2G to 4G in Sub-Saharan Africa would happen faster than many expect.

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Also, Nokia`s central, east, and west Africa- market unit head Daniel Jaeger, said there were already a number of impressive innovations around 5G in Africa, with some commercial sites in South Africa already rolling out.

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Huawei Executive Arrested In Poland For Spying Allegations

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Huawei Executive Arrested In Poland For Spying Allegation

A Huawei executive has been arrested in Poland for allegedly working with a Chinese secret services.

 

A director and an employee of Huawei, Weijing W, and a polish national, Piotr D were accused of spying allegations. They were being arrested on Thursday as it was discovered their actions were in benefit of Chinese secret service. They will be held under arrest for three months and if found guilty they are likely to face up to 10 years in prison.

Spokesperson for Poland’s minister for special services, Stanislaw Zaryn, said that the agency had evidence that both men were “conducting spying activities against Poland”.

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Election: DRC Restores Internet Services After Announcement Of Result

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Election: DRC Restores Internet Services After Announcement Of Result

Democratic Republic of Congo has restored internet services in the country – right after provisional results of the presidential election were announced.

The government had ordered a shutdown of internet access during the counting of votes, saying it did not want people to spread “false” information.

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Residents in the capital-Kinshasa and eastern city of Goma have confirmed that internet services have been restored.

Critics had accused the government-in its decision of trying to suppress the truth about the counting process.

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