Over 3.8m Cyber Attacks Encountered During March 18 Elections – FG
Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, has reported that hackers conducted 3,834,244 cyber attacks from both within and outside Nigeria during the March 18 governorship election.
According to Pantami, the assaults may have been stopped if some recommendations had been put into practice and steps taken to strengthen Nigeria’s cyber defenses.
Dr. Femi Adeluyi, Pantami’s Senior Technical Assistant for Research and Development, provided the following breakdown of the assaults in a statement issued yesterday:
It was emphasized on Friday, March 17, (1,046,896), Saturday, March 18, (1,481,8470), Sunday, March 19, (327,718), and Monday, March 20, (977,783) that the infrastructures put in place by the government to monitor activities in the country’s cyberspace before, during, and after the elections were what allowed for the blockade.
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He asserted that the Federal Government established a permanent committee with the task of protecting the country’s internet, which has been recording its efforts since the presidential elections to keep Nigeria’s cyberspace safe and secure.
The minister also commended President Buhari for his backing and endorsement of programs to advance the digital economy and cyber security.
“it is interesting to note that the activities of cyber threat actors on Nigerian cyberspace during the Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections are much lower than those during the Presidential and National Assembly elections. This is neither surprising nor unexpected as, Nigeria being Africa’s largest democracy, the Presidential and National Assembly elections are bound to attract much attention of everyone, including cyber threat actors, then during the Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections,” Pantami stated.
Developing and putting into action plans to strengthen the resilience of crucial digital infrastructure against cyber attacks, as well as designing procedures and using technologies to prevent, detect, and respond to cyberattacks, were among the committee’s duties, according to him, who was in charge of monitoring the telecommunications infrastructure for the successful conduct of the 2023 General Elections.
A comprehensive risk assessment, an analysis of the country’s current cybersecurity capabilities, identification of any gaps that need to be filled, as well as professional advice to the government on the efficient use of digital technologies in the conduct of the 2023 General Elections are also included in this.
Twitter Introduces 10,000 Characters To Subscribers
Twitter has introduced a new feature that will let Blue subscribers post 10,000-character-long posts — as if the social network is trying to compete with a rival newsletter platform. Along with this, this Twitter has also added support for bold and italic text formatting.
In February, the social network introduced 4,000-character-long tweets for Blue subscribers to encourage people to publish longer posts instead of threads.
This company’s push for long-form writing comes at a time when Elon Musk is introducing creator monetization tools. On Thursday, he announced that creators can apply for monetization and offer subscriptions to users.
For the next 12 months, Twitter will give all money to creators after paying Apple or Google their 30% cut. Post that, the Apple/Google tax will reduce to 15% and the social media company will take a small fee from creators.
Nokia Aims For The Moon With 4G Internet
Nokia will establish a 4G mobile network on the moon later this year in an effort to improve lunar findings and perhaps pave the door for human habitation on the satellite planet.
Nokia’s principal engineer, Luis Maestro Ruiz De Temino, told reporters earlier this month at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona that the Finnish telecoms firm plans to deploy the network aboard a SpaceX rocket in the coming months.
The network will be powered by an antenna-equipped base station located within the Nova-C lunar lander manufactured by the US space company Intuitive Machines, as well as a solar-powered rover.
The lander and rover will communicate over an LTE network.
The equipment will be installed in the Shackleton crater on the moon’s southern limb.
According to Nokia, the technology is designed to withstand the harsh conditions of space.
NASA’s Artemis 1 mission, which aims to deliver the first people to walk on the moon since 1972, will use the network.
According to Nokia, the goal is to demonstrate that terrestrial networks can handle the communications needs of future space missions. The network provided by Nokia will allow astronauts to speak with one another and mission control, as well as remotely operate the rover and transmit real-time video and telemetry data back to Earth.
The lander will be launched by a SpaceX rocket, according to Maestro Ruiz De Temino. He explained that the lander has a propulsion mechanism that will bring it all the way to the moon’s surface; the rocket will not carry it all the way there.
Anshel Sag, chief analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, sees 2023 as a “optimistic target” for the debut of Nokia’s devices.
According to Sag, who communicated with Trade Algo through email, there is a good probability they will launch in 2023 if their selected launch partner does not have any setbacks or delays.
AI Could Replace Equivalent of 300 Million Jobs – Report
According to a research by investment firm Goldman Sachs, artificial intelligence (AI) might replace the equivalent of 300 million full-time jobs.
It has the potential to replace a quarter of all labor duties in the United States and Europe while also creating new employment and increasing productivity.
Furthermore, it has the potential to boost the overall yearly value of products and services produced globally by 7%.
According to the paper, generative AI, which can produce content that is indistinguishable from human effort, is a “major advancement.”
The government is eager to encourage investment in artificial intelligence in the UK, which it claims will “ultimately increase productivity across the economy,” and has attempted to reassure the public about its impact.
“We want to ensure that AI complements, rather than disrupts, the way we work in the UK – making our jobs better, rather than taking them away,” Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan told the Sun.
According to the paper, the impact of AI would vary across sectors: 46% of administrative jobs and 44% of legal professions might be automated, but just 6% in construction and 4% in maintenance.