Internet of Things workshop

I was invited by Gavin Sathan, lecturer at the University of Mauritius (UoM), to attend a workshop on the Internet of Things. I reached UoM at around 09h10 and looked for a parking space, which is usually the hardest thing to do there. Luckily this morning there was plenty of space next to the Paul Octave Wiehe Auditorium. As I arrived at the R. Burrenchobay Lecture Theatre at the Faculty [Read More]

Sex in Mauritius

It would appear that sex is something of much fascination for my countrymen; i.e in Mauritius. Sex which is at the same time a taboo and a subject of jokes & enjoyment among both genders; gets all the limelight at the slightest mention of it. At least that is what I could gather from Facebook posts recently. The past few days my Facebook feed was flooded with references to [Read More]

Can a like or share on Facebook amount to Cybercrime?

Recently a "fake news" item flooded the Facebook feeds in Mauritius. The website which would dupe people in thinking it is Metro UK, published an article that said Miss Mauritius was arrested in the UK. Utterly false! The following is a statement by the Cybercrime Unit of the Mauritius Police Force: Du côté de la Cyber-crime Unit, une source officielle affirme que si Bessika Bucktawor fait une déposition formelle à [Read More]

Why purple birds appear in my Facebook feeds?

My colleague, Nadim, asked me this morning whether I know why so many people are posting this weird "head banging" purple bird on Facebook? I answered "Nah, I don't" but I was just like him, wondering as much, what is this purple bird about? Then during the day I found that The Verge wrote about it. The purple birds are called "Trash Doves" which come from a set of Facebook [Read More]

Google Chrome hides SSL certificate details button

Until a few days ago, at least if you have not updated Google Chrome to version 56, you could simply click on the green padlock in the address bar to view SSL certificate details. Google Chrome now hides SSL certificate details from the padlock. Many users who had the habit to look at certificate details to obtain information on the issuer, expiry date or SANs (SubjectAltName) would just find the [Read More]

Internet in Mauritius, from simple metric to deceptive advertising

I'm an internet user from the late 90's. I was a teenager and after getting inconvenient surprises when the telephone bill would arrive I told my father that we should probably opt for an internet package. I said "we" but I was the only internet user at home. During the "dial-up connection" days it was not surprising to wait for two or three minutes for a page to load completely. [Read More]

Do the Cyber Crime investigators operate blindly in Mauritius?

While doing some internet-related search this evening I stumbled on the «Government Requests Reports» by Facebook. The report, as the name suggests, is a compilation of requests made by various governments around the world. The report updated in April 2016, which added requests made during the second half of 2015 does not feature Mauritius. Though Facebook has made it transparent as to how and under what conditions they may share [Read More]

Ministry of Public Infrastructure database hacked remotely, Minister says.

I read an article on lexpress.mu today that mentioned the Minister of Public Infrastructure saying a database of the ministry was "hacked". The article is accompanied by a video in which we see the Minister clearly stated the word "hack". While I am glad and I appreciate the guts of the Minister to make such a public declaration, I also realize that the lack of transparency might have covered [Read More]

National Internet Filtering System

The topic might be sensitive and I believe some might even hide behind an oath of secrecy to escape questions. Nevertheless, the questions remain pertinent. Is the internet in Mauritius monitored? How is it done? What happens when suspicious traffic is detected? Do internet users in Mauritius understand cyber laws? On 16 May 2015, I wrote about internet filtering in Mauritius and an intimidating letter that I received from the [Read More]

Are Mauritians being duped into Ethical Hacking?

The term 'hacking' is lucrative and very often people wish to associate themselves with it as a skillset show-off. I recently read testimonials of Government officers on a Certified Ethical Hacker course by EC-Council. That pushed me to question whether Mauritians are being cheated into 'ethical hacking' because it seemed too obvious that the Government was naive enough to fall in this trap. Above are testimonials left by two Government [Read More]