iAfrikan Daily Brief: .Africa, Liquid Telecom, WordPress, And MTN Group
Friday, 10 February 2017
DotConnectAfrica’s Second Motion To Stop The Delegation Of .Africa Top Level Domain Has Been Rejected
DotConnectAfrica’s second motion to stop the delegation of the .AFRICA top-level domain to South Africa’s ZA Central Registry has been rejected. This decision was made by a California Superior Court (USA) and it leaves ICANN free to proceed with the delegation of the .AFRICA generic top-level domain to ZA Central Registry. In reaching the decision the court stated that the “public interest also weighs in favour of denying the (DCA) injunction because the delay in the delegation of the .Africa gTLD is depriving the people of Africa the opportunity of having their own gTLD”. This means that (unless DotConnectAfrica find another way to delay this process) ICANN will likely continue delegating the .Africa gTLD responsibilities to ZACR and we can (hopefully in a few months) start registering .Africa domains.
Liquid Telecom Finalizes Acquisition Of South Africa's Neotel
Credit: Liquid Telecom
Liquid Telecom have announced that South Africa’s Neotel is now officially part of their company. Liquid Telecom have also said that they plan to invest in improving and expanding Neotel’s infrastructure. Over the coming months, Liquid Telecom plans to make extensive upgrades and expansions to Neotel’s network. This includes plans by Liquid Telecom to make investments in Neotel’s data centre capabilities, which currently include two Tier 3 designed state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Neotel’s network in South Africa will now link together with Liquid Telecom’s fibre footprint across Africa to offer access via a single connection to over 40,000km of cross border, national and metro fibre networks.
60,000+ Websites Defaced As A Result Of A Recent WordPress Bug
Credit: WordPress Exploit Attempts | Sucuri
It has emerged that WordPress websites that haven't been updated with the most recent version, v4.7.2, released in early February 2017, are under attack. Various hacking groups are conducting mass defacement campaigns on sites that haven’nt been updated according to web security firm Sucuri. Sucuri have reported that they “detected the attacks after details of the vulnerability became public last Monday, the attacks have been slowly growing, reaching almost 3,000 defacements per day”. The hacking groups are exploiting a vulnerability in the WordPress REST API, which the WordPress team fixed in January 2017 but it appears the fix also has an exploitable bug.How it works is that the vulnerability allows a remote attacker to create an HTTP request that pings a REST API endpoint and alters titles and content on the user's website.
MTN Group Edges Closer To Acquiring A 49% Stake In Iran's State Owned Internet Service Provider
Credit: MTN Group
MTN Group is reported to be closer to reaching an agreement with Iran’s government to acquire a 49 per cent stake in the state-owned internet service provider, Iranian Net. It is expected that MTN Group officials will be meeting with Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mahmoud Vaezi, sometime in February 2017 to finalise the purchase of shares in Iranian Net according to reports. MTN Group already has a 49 per cent stake in Iran’s mobile service provider, Irancell Telecommunication Services Co., Added to that, they (MTN Group) also reached an agreement in October 2016 to invest approximately 20 million euros in Snapp.ir,, Iran’s republic’s first cab-hailing smartphone application.
![Annual Tech Round-Up 2017](/content/images/2017/02/ATRU2017-Square-Cover-1.jpg)Highlights from the Annual Tech Round-Up 2017's "Use Of Technology In Education" panel discussion. The panel was moderated by Eric Mugendi and featured Amadou Daffe (Gebeya), Gossy Ukanwoke (Beni American University and EduTech Nigeria) and Dr. Chao Mbogho (Kenya Methodist University). WATCH