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Safaricom revamps cyber-security offering for businesses



Leading telecommunication service provider Safaricom has revamped its cybersecurity offering to businesses on the back of a spike in incidences of cybercrime across the region.

This comes even as more businesses in Kenya today shift the bulk of their operations to the internet, increasing the scope of attacks for cybercriminals.

According to Safaricom, over the last couple of months, cyberattacks have been on the rise with ransomware being deployed and businesses being locked out of their own systems.

In an advisory to its customers, Safaricom noted that over the last 12 months, over 50 per cent of all websites in the country had been attacked.

“Small business owners have been asked to pay ransom to regain access to their business systems,” stated a cybersecurity expert from Safaricom. “Hotels have been asked to pay huge amounts of money to regain access to their own CCTV databases or to access rooms and booking data.”

Saccos and supermarket chains that are characterised by high liquidity but relatively low cybersecurity protections have particularly been hard hit. Some Saccos have reported to have mysteriously lost member contributions over time while small supermarket chains have been locked out of their systems and unable to serve their clients.

Under the model, Safaricom approaches data security from five main standpoints; the first is connectivity under which Safaricom offers both its physical fibre optic infrastructure and its 4G and 5G Internet services to ensure businesses have fast secure and uninterrupted access to their systems.

Unlike other service providers, Safaricom fibre provides firewall and domain filtering capabilities by default. This simply means that while other service providers require customers to opt into the provision of the service, or contract a third party to provide a firewall and domain filter, all Safaricom fibre connections come already enabled with the two capabilities.

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We are not taxing till numbers – KRA



We are not taxing till numbers – KRA

The public is being cautioned by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) about a widely shared post on the internet that purports to show that the taxman is now looking into Till numbers.

KRA made it clear in an official statement on X that these allegations are wholly untrue and advised the public to be caution when it comes to possible fraud.

“Not true. Till numbers are NOT subject to taxation, and KRA does not collect any such taxes. Beware of fraudsters purporting to do any of the above.”

The revenue authority directed citizens to verify KRA staff by dialling *572# or through their official website

In September, the government proposed amending the Data Protection Act of 2019 to exclude KRA from its regulations, aiming to facilitate access to information.

The proposed change was to empower the tax agency to retrieve data from Kenyan citizens, including real-time details of financial transactions conducted through mobile money.


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Tragic explosion in Mexico leaves Kenyan man in a coma



A Kenyan man residing in Mexico is currently fighting for his life following a devastating explosion.

The precise whereabouts and origin of the blast are presently undisclosed, along with any knowledge of additional casualties.

It has been reported that the man, identified as Francis Kamau Chege from Kiambu County, Kenya, is currently in an induced coma. Regrettably, he was left unattended at the medical facility for several days, as his relatives were unaware of the incident until they unexpectedly came across pleas for aid on social media.

Chege’s girlfriend, who initially shared the details on the internet, had sought assistance to notify his parents and other kin.

Chege’s family from Githunguri, Kiambu County has expressed their deep appreciation to the online community for spreading the important news.

They are relieved that his severe burn injuries have promptly been brought to their attention. Meanwhile, they have reached out to his girlfriend and the relevant authorities as efforts are being made to contact officials in Washington for urgent assistance.

Mexico does not have a Kenyan embassy and instead depends on the embassy located in the capital of the United States. The family is thankful for the swift dissemination of this vital information. Activist Simon Mwangi draws attention to a series of explosions that have taken place in Mexico recently.

These explosions have been triggered by gas-related incidents and natural disasters caused by volcanic activity.

“Thank you for speedy sharing, the father and brother have reached out. We have notified the contacts in Washington for a quick response. Be blessed good people,” activist Simon Mwangi wrote.

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Death announcement of Grace Wangu Kamau of Seattle, Washington



It is with deep sorrow and acceptance of God’s will that we announce the death of Grace Wangu Kamau (Cucu Grace) On Monday, November 6th. Grace was found dead in her bed by a lady that was graciously helping her.

Grace Wangu was 80 years old and in the process of getting ready to go back home to Kenya. Cucu Grace has no family or relatives in Seattle, Washington.
The Kenyans in Seattle were her only family and at 80 years old and poor health she did not get around much.
We are appealing to well wishers in the Kenyan Diaspora community to come together to help ship her body back home.
Zoom meetings will be held every evening from Monday, November 21st,  at 7:30 pm.
Our unity and support has never been more important in this journey.
For support send through
CashApp/Zelle 2068229622($KCIC)
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