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Canon Introduces the EOS 6D Mark II to Nigerian Market

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As part of its #Liveforthestory campaign in Nigeria, leaders in imaging and business solutions, Canon Central and North Africa have introduced the lightest digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera Canon EOS 6D Mark II, into the Nigerian market.

The camera will help photographers unlock their full creative potential and explore all the different avenues of digital photography in a bid to reiterate Canon’s commitment to the “Shoot-Remember-Share” ecosystem which is tied to its consumer- bound range of products.

The EOS 6D Mark II camera is designed for advanced-amateur photographers looking to improve their creative photography skills. The camera allows photographers to shoot with a Full-frame CMOS sensor DSLR camera to capture beautiful high-quality portraits and striking landscapes, even in low-light situations.

Resistant to dust and moisture, the camera is also ideal for on-the-go shooting and gives users the power to approach their photography in new, exciting ways while maintaining reliable high performance to unleash their creative ambitions.

The 6D Mark II is a lightweight, full-frame DSLR with a 26.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, which offers users unrivalled image quality and improved performance. Its high dynamic range ensures exceptional exposure latitude allowing users to push their boundaries when shooting in bright light conditions.

The improved ISO 40,000, expanding to ISO 102,400, allows flexibility so documentary photographers can snap scenes with the confidence that details will be retained even in the darkest nights.

Combined with the latest DIGIC 7 processor EOS 6D Mark II’s technology creates high quality files straight from the camera.

Moreover, with EOS 6D Mark II users can also command greater control over their creative vision thanks to the 45 point AF system, which can be customised and allows more precise tracking.

The upgrade to EOS 6D Mark II gives users the possibility to capture difficult scenarios with fast, spontaneous action. Alongside DIGIC 7’s image processing advancements, the EOS 6D Mark II can also predict the movement of a subject across the frame and respond rapidly. When combined with the 6.5 fps, EOS 6D Mark II opens a whole new range of possibilities.

Speaking about the new camera, Sales and Marketing Director B2C, Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA), Somesh Adukia said. “We are constantly working to better understand the sentiments of our customers in Nigeria and introducing cameras such as the EOS 6D Mark II enables us to better serve them.

Our ‘closer to customers’ strategy has been one of the pillars of our growth in the African market and with the launch of this camera we aim to encourage our customers to tell more stories using imagery.”

“The new EOS 6D Mark II is evidence of Canon’s dedication to providing a wide range of camera choices for photographers of all skill levels in Nigeria.

The product is tailored to fit the needs of photographers taking their first picture or video with a DSLR camera or those looking to make the jump to a Full-Frame sensor camera. The new and improved autofocus is way ahead of the previous generation and it performs extremely well, even in very low-light situations”. He added.

Creating products since 1937, Canon’s reputation is centred on quality, reliability and innovation.

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Alleged Nigerian Hackers Steal from Shipping Firms

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Nigerian hackers, grouped as Gold Galleon, are menacing shipping firms and bleeding them of thousands of dollars.

 

Network security firm Secureworks has red-flagged the group, whose focus appears solely to be the maritime industry.

 

The group, according to a report by Maritime Executive, an online platform, uses basic email scams and publicly available hacking software to try to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from unsuspecting ship managers and service providers.

 

Secureworks said Gold Galleon is a group of about 20 individuals who work together to hack maritime firms all over the world using basic techniques.

 

They rent hacking tools for just a few dollars per month; they communicate via Skype; and they identify targets using online company directories and commercially-available contact lists.

 

While the criminal gang uses an online proxy service to disguise its location, several cues indicate that it is of Nigerian origin, Secureworks said.

 

The group communicates in Nigerian Pidgin, an English creole language, and it uses phrases associated with a Nigerian social organization called the “Buccaneeers Confraternity” for usernames and passwords.

 

Once the group has identified a new target, it sends a spearphishing email carefully tailored to the recipient. The email has an attachment containing malware, which deploys on the unsuspecting victim’s computer and logs his or her keystrokes, recording the username and password for the victim’s business email account.

 

Once the account is compromised, the group uses a software tool to collect all the email addresses with which that user has had an interaction, and it sets itself up to intercept business transactions between the user and his or her clients.

 

Many maritime firms use email to handle invoicing and payment details. When the Gold Galleon group sees payment details relayed on an invoice in a compromised email account, it intercepts the invoice, alters the account numbers to direct the money to its own “mule” bank account instead, and uses a similarly-worded email address to send the altered request on its way to the intended recipient.

 

Often, the buyer will not detect the change to the sender’s email address and the bank details, and will simply pay the fraudulent invoice.

 

In one case study, the group was able to steal email usernames and passwords for eight employees at a South Korean shipping firm, including the accountant’s account.

 

Gold Galleon members monitored the company’s financial transactions to gain familiarity with its billing cycles and clients.

 

Then, when the South Korean firm initiated a $50,000 “cash to master” transaction to deliver money to one of its vessels, a Gold Galleon hacker impersonated the recipient and asked for payment to be sent to a “subsidiary account for now” because of unspecified bank issues.

 

Secureworks was monitoring the exchange and notified the parties involved that they were being hacked, and it thwarted two subsequent attempts on the same firm – one for $234,000 and another for $325,000.

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HID Global Unveils e-ID Cards to Ease Movements in ECOWAS

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HID Global®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, has introduced an end-to-end solution for national e-ID cards that complies with the recommendations provided by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as all international standards for travel identity documents.

 

The solution gives ECOWAS nations greater options for launching e-ID programs that will enable their citizens to travel easily within this sub-region of Africa.

 

“HID offers government agencies in the ECOWAS region the choice to directly source cards or buy specific components to fulfill their e-ID Card programs,” said Manuel Deloche, Vice President Product Marketing, Citizen ID Solutions with HID Global.

 

“We provide a one-stop shop for everything from polycarbonate inlays and cards to chips and a Common Criteria-certified chip operating system, all aligned with ECOWAS recommendations. HID Global can either support national governments directly or work hand-in-hand with regional partners to ensure a successful project.”

 

Per ECOWAS guidelines, the HID card and inlay options use polycarbonate materials, include an aluminum watermark and are compatible with inductive coupling dual-interface chip technology so there is no physical contact between the card’s module and antenna. HID cards and cards made using HID components have been fully tested against ISO24789 requirements for a minimum 10-year lifespan.

 

HID’s ECOWAS solutions offer the option of including the company’s Mirage™ level 1 security feature. Mirage™ is a 5-in-1 security feature including negative laser engraving, window protection, bi-color metallic effects, customizable design options and a window seal. The bundles also include a Common Criteria-certified SOMATM chip operating system supporting ICAO national e-ID applications, digital signatures, and “match-on-card” capabilities.

 

The ECOWAS national e-ID card initiative spans more than 500 million citizens from the nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’ Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo.

 

Several countries have started their national e-ID implementations and others are expected to initiate programs soon. These programs are aimed at making travel more convenient for citizens while also promoting economic integration among ECOWAS member states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BetaSMS Unveils Apps to Boost Revenue for Small Business

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A Lagos-based mobile marketing company, BetaSMS has unveiled a set of industry-leading business-oriented applications – WasherMEN and iPrefect – to help the operators of small and medium scale enterprises in their drive for increased revenue generation.

The applications are designed to increase the productivity of business owners giving them more control, encourage lean operations, reduce overhead costs and generate more profit to keep them in business.

Ajibola Awojobi, Managing Director of BetaSMS, said: “WasherMEN was built after we noticed an increased number of Laundry Start-ups had become increasingly dependent on SMS to notify customers for pick-up of their clothes.

We decided to create more value for such by building the application to ensure smooth running of their businesses.”

On iPerfect, Adebimpe Ayoola, Head, Communications, BetaSMS, said: “We decided to create this solution because of the incessant complaints of missing students’ files and records as well as difficulty in tracking students’ performances and behaviour.

This solution will help keep records for various institutions, simplify the enquiry processes and help instil discipline amongst students.”

WasherMEN is laundry management software designed with the one-man business model in mind but has the capacity to handle both commercial and industrial laundry activities.

iPrefect, on the other hand, is a school automation software built for every educational institute – colleges, universities, training schools- and aims to improve management’s understanding and interaction with students all through their duration in the school while reducing the workforce needed to achieve same. The solution will enable education institutions to perform all activities in the cloud.

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