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Govt issues cyber warning

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THE PNG Government is warning business houses, critical infrastructure, system operators and the public to take measures necessary to protect their computer systems and other devices following global cyber-attack.
The attack hit more than 100,000 computer systems around the world, causing havoc among users.
The virus known as Ransomware, also known as Wanna Decryptor or WannaCry, has caused computers around the world to encrypt files
and locks up files, demands payment and prevents further access.
Department of Communication and Information acting secretary Paulias Korni said the National Information and Communication Technology Authority (Nicta) and the department with support from the International Telecommunication Union have commenced work on developing PNG’s National Cyber Security Strategy that should pave way for a nationally coordinated approach in responding to such attacks.
He said that a survey questionnaire on cyber security would be posted on the Nicta website and hardcopies could be collected from Nicta the head office in Hohola, seeking views on key issues to be addressed in PNG’s national cyber security strategy.
According to sources: “Ransomware is a programme that gets into your computer, either by clicking on the wrong thing or downloading the wrong thing, and then it holds something you need to ransom.
“In the case of WannaCry, the programme encrypts your files and demands payment in bitcoin in order to regain access .”
According to further reports, Ransomware attack has spread to at least eight Asian nations, a dozen countries in Europe, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates and Argentina and is likely to spread around the globe.
Researchers have advised users to be more careful when opening their personal computers and not to open emails, links or attachments that look suspicious and to further refrain from sending chain emails.

 

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Judiciary launches online case listings

BY: Sally Pokiton

Court users who don’t have access to emailed copies of the National and Supreme Court diary can now access that online on the PNG Judiciary website.

Chief Justice Sir Salamo has launched the online Case Docketing System (CDS) for Court Listings via the PNG Judiciary website www.pngjudiciary.gov.pg and is encouraging court users to make use of the online listing services to improve on their case preparations and attendance in court.

He said online posting of the cases lists for both the National and Supreme Court is the first step the Judiciary is taking in introducing the e-filing which the Supreme Court will introduce later this year.

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The PNG case list contains cases that are progressively listed before judges in both the National and Supreme Court for hearing on a daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly basis.

Basic and necessary information concerning each case such as parties, lawyers representing the parties, type of matter set down for hearing, the presiding judge, date, time and location of the hearing will be on the case list.

Sir Salamo said this is a step taken to modernise the judiciary’s case management system where technology is important in helping improving the efficiency of court case management systems.

“It’s a first time we done this by posting our case list online and we are quite pleased to achieve that,” he said.

“Posting of the case listings online is part of the court’s program to modernize the courts so that court services and court information are readily accessible to our court users.

“It gives us the opportunity also to build up our staff capacity and to train our staff to be able to make the necessary input of data and the technical requirements that go with it to be able to these products,” The Chief Justice added.

A third court, which is the Court of Appeals case listings will be included online too as and when the Appeal Court bill is passed by Parliament.

“We will upgrade the technical requirements and the data base so that the court of appeals can be included for its case listings,” Sir Salamo further added.

This Bill will see the Court of Appeals come between the National and Supreme Court. The third and final reading of the Bill was supposed to have gone through in the last sitting of Parliament however that was not done.  It remains on parliament’s list of unfinished business.

 

 

Facebook launches project to improve ties with news media

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REUTERS – Facebook Inc launched its “Journalism Project” on Wednesday, as the world’s biggest social media network looks to deepen its relationship with news organizations.

The launch comes less than a week after the company said it was hiring former CNN reporter, anchor and host Campbell Brown to lead its news partnerships team.

As part of the new project, Facebook said on Wednesday it would focus on improving its current storytelling formats such as Live, 360, and Instant Articles.

Facebook said it would test a feature using Instant Articles to allow readers to see multiple stories at a time, as a package, from their preferred news organizations.

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The company said it would work with third-party organizations to promote “news literacy” and help users decide which sources are trustworthy and would also continue to work on curbing hoaxes.

Facebook faced criticism in the last couple of months that it did not do enough to tackle the problem of fake news stories on its platform during the U.S. presidential campaign.

“We care a great deal about making sure that a healthy news ecosystem and journalism can thrive,” Fidji Simo, director of product at Facebook, said in a blog post. (http://bit.ly/2j6l1u9)

Facebook also said on Wednesday it would explore the introduction of advertising breaks in regular videos. The company has previously tested the ad format for Facebook Live.

(Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)

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