Cyber Security Conference by CERT-MU

Computer Security Day was celebrated around the world today.

CERT-MU, the Computer Emergency Response Team of Mauritius, a division of the National Computer Board organized a conference on this occasion.

The National Computer Board operates under the aegis of the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation.…

Rise of spam in Mauritius

Google defines spam as “irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the Internet, typically to large numbers of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware, etc.” says the following about spam:

Spam is flooding the Internet with many copies of the same message, in an attempt to force the message on people who would not otherwise choose to receive it.…
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Customize the shell prompt

During the week I confused the hostname of a friend’s machine to be his username. He has a MacBook Pro and the shell prompt in OS X displays like:

Hostname:CurrentDirectory User$

My openSUSE laptop has the following prompt and I like it this way:


He then asked me how to customize the shell prompt.…

Ubuntu GPG error “NO_PUBKEY”

Ever bugged by Ubuntu GPG error during updates?

Ubuntu lets you define several software repos in individual files under the /etc/apt/sources.list.d directory. Likewise, one may create a file (e.g varnish-cache.list) with the following content to add the Varnish software repo:

deb trusty varnish-4.1

Upon executing apt-get update Ubuntu will update the software repository lists including that of Varnish.…

ICT Authority, annual reports missing?

I read on that the Director of the Irrigation Authority has been suspended. The reason being that the annual reports of the Irrigation Authority hasn’t been published since 2010.

Between 2011 and 2013 the Irrigation Authority has obtained Rs 279.2 million from the Ministry of Agriculture and no audited accounts have been submitted.…

Facebook greeting messages

Like a week ago I tweeted about this Facebook greeting message.


I was curious as to what could be cooking up at Facebook. Were they about to roll out something new and this could be a teaser? Would Facebook be having its own brewed up “assistant” in the likes of Cortana and Siri?…

Freedom of Information Act vs ICTA Annual Reports

The Weekly magazine in its 167th edition, published the interview of Ashok Radhakissoon. The latter being the former chairman of the Independent Broadcasting Corporation (IBA) and the Information & Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA) shed some light on issues relating to the right of information in Mauritius.…