Nigerian Payment Company Raises $8 Million in Investments

The companies Stripe and Visa, along with other firms, are investing $8 million in the Nigerian company Paystack. Paystack is similar to Stripe in that the Lagos-based company allows developers to create payment tools via its APIs. Paystack allows its customers to build online payment features, and it enables people to connect multiple payment processors by handling transactions for consumers. Paystack was founded only two and a half years ago, so this investment announcement is rather promising. Many African countries have been seeking to improve and expand its digital payments and eCommerce…

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Texas Company Intends to Send 3-D Printable Gun Blueprints Directly to Customers

A Texas-based company called Defense Distributed is currently facing a lawsuit regarding 3-D printable guns, but that fact did not stop the company from making yet another controversial move. Defense Distributed has stated that it intends to send gun printing blueprints directly to customers. This move came directly after a federal judge blocked the Texas State Department from letting the company publish its files online for free. This is not the first time that the company has attempted to publicize its blueprints. Defense Distributed has been attempting to put its blueprints…

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Facebook Admits Fake Accounts Are Not Exclusively Russian

Facebook has stated that, while Russia did create fake accounts and pages to influence other countries’ politics, the Eastern European nation wasn’t the only country to do so. Facebook’s latest takedown, which involved 650 accounts, identified users which were based in several other countries across the globe. Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy wrote about these findings in a blog entry for the company’s “newsroom.” He wrote: We’ve removed 652 Pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior that originated in Iran and targeted people across multiple internet services in the…

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Google Notified of Iran-Linked Cyber Attack

Google has stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) conducted a phishing attack on the company. The attack was reportedly sponsored by the Iranian government itself. This is the first time that Google has found a link between misinformation attacks and the state’s media. The company notified users of the attack through a blog post. Google stated that the IRIB attempted to access several Youtube channels, blogs, and Google plus accounts. The post read: We identified and terminated a number of accounts linked to the IRIB organization that disguised their…

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NASA Intern Fired Following Profanity-Filled Twitter Battle

Social media activity now has more weight on individuals’ professional lives than ever before. Even posts made years ago can negatively affect a person’s reputation. A soon-to-be NASA intern learned this lesson the hard way when she engaged in a Twitter battle with a NASA board member. She didn’t recognize her “opponent’s” position at the time. After the intern in question, named Naomi, learned that her application to NASA had been accepted, she took to Twitter to share the news. In all caps, she tweeted, “EVERYBODY SHUT THE F*** UP. I GOT…

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