Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

bay Disappears: 3 Scenarios to Look for Next

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By Rick Holland, VP Strategy at Digital Shadows


The AlphaBay dark web marketplace has been inaccessible since 05 Jul 2017. With no substantive explanation from the site’s owners, users have speculated that either an exit scam (where administrators steal user cryptocurrency deposited to the marketplace and shut down the services) or law enforcement action has taken place. Dark web market exit scams are nothing new; the Evolution market exit scam infamously resulted in the loss of 40,000 bitcoins ($12 million). These exit scams are one of the risks when conducting business in criminal marketplaces. Recent reports have suggested that international authorities had seized the site, alongside the arrest of one of its alleged operators. Both explanations remained unconfirmed at the time of writing, but with each day that passes the prospect of AlphaBay returning becomes increasingly unlikely.

By Aaron White, Regional Director, Sage Middle East


The role of the CIO has changed significantly over recent years, evolving from network operator and general FAQ answerer to business brain and strategist. Regionally, the change has been driven by the next wave of Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) technologies, which promised to unleash innovation and productivity in the enterprise by delivering better employee and customer experiences. Yet the game changing idea was that the CIO would execute those experiences.

By Omar Al Busaidy, author of self-development book, ‘Just Read It’


Positive outlook, persistent pursuit of happiness and personal growth are standard moral imperatives for everyday living.  These factors play a substantial role when it comes to self-development and improvement. But, what is self-development? How does one initiate their self-improvement journey and what does it take to reach one’s self-development goals?

By Mohammed Basheer, IT Security Practice Head, ISYX Technologies


The Petya ransomware attack that hit computers around the world recently, the second in two months, is yet another reminder that computers play key roles in most enterprises, and that it does not take much to disable those computers. Irrespective of how robust your information security systems are, users are still the weakest link in your company's cybersecurity.

Monday, 30 November -0001 00:00

Chocolate for Kids: Yay or Nay?

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By Rahma Obaid Al Ketbi, Nutritionist at Belvas Belgian Chocolates

Chocolate is perhaps the world’s most favorite food. Whether you are happy, sad, excited, tired or plain bored, a bar of chocolate is usually all you need to feel better. We all love it and it’s no surprise that kids love chocolate too!
But how much chocolate is too much chocolate? What is the recommended intake? Is it really healthy for kids?

By Deepak Narain, Regional Presales Manager - MENA, VMware, one of the world’s leading enablers of digital transformation


Who are you? And can you prove it?

By Rick Holland, VP Strategy at Digital Shadows


Late on 27 June, the New York Times reported that a number of Ukrainian banks and Ukrenergo, the Ukrainian state power distributor, had been affected by unidentified malware which caused significant operational disruption. Multiple security vendors and independent researchers subsequently identified the malware as a wormable ransomware variant with functional and technical similarities to Petya. Based on these similarities and continuing confusion, the malware has been dubbed Nyetya, Petna, ExPetr, and NotPetya, among others. It has been linked with a large number of infections, a significant proportion of which (around 60% according to statistics published by Kaspersky) affected machines in Ukraine, though at the time of writing the overall number of infections is not known. 

By Michael Boye, CFA | Fixed Income at Saxo Bank

It has been almost nine years since the Great Financial Crisis erupted and forever changed the financial world as we know it. Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers were among the first and most prominent casualties of the crisis, but its circles are spreading in ever-widening circles, with bank failures up to this very day.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 14:37

The Digital Trends of Summer 2017

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By Alexander Rauser, CEO of Prototype


Many associate the term ‘summer’ with vacations, beaches, time off work and in many parts of the world, a slower pace of business. But to those in the digital industry, the term merely describes a season, since the industry is always active and changing. New apps, new websites, even new methods to bring offline industries onto online platforms are constantly being developed and introduced as part of the digital trend.

By Richard Carter, Head of Fixed Interest Research, Quilter Cheviot


Theresa May’s decision to call an early election has surprisingly backfired, leaving the country with a hung parliament rather than an increased majority for the Conservative Party. This raises all sorts of questions, not least over the future of Mrs May herself. It also raises significant doubts about the Brexit negotiations, which are due to start imminently.  

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