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Chase takes 8 wickets as Windies rout England

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Bridgetown – Roston Chase proved the unlikely bowling hero as the off-spinner
destroyed England with career-best figures of eight for 60 as the West
Indies
crushed the visitors by 381 runs to win the first Test at
Kensington Oval on Saturday.

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Set the improbable target of 628 to win, the tourists slid to
ignominious defeat in bright sunshine on the fourth day, losing their
last six wickets for 31 runs either side of the tea interval to be
dismissed for 246, ending a winning streak of five matches.

It was the largest margin of victory by the West Indies on home soil
and third largest anywhere in their 91 years as a Test-playing nation.

Chase made the most of a fourth day pitch showing more signs of wear
but also benefited from poor shot selection by an England side that
looked shell-shocked from the events of the previous two days when they
were routed for just 77 in their first innings.

They then saw the West Indies mass 415 for six declared in the second
innings with captain Jason Holder starring with an unbeaten
double-century and wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich contributing 116
not out in an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 295.

It was left to stand-in wicketkeeper Shai Hope to complete the
dismissal which sealed the result, stumping Sam Curran down the leg-side
off Chase 40 minutes into the final session.

“To come back the way we have as a team and for me personally after
the last few months is really satisfying,” said Holder after victory was
formalised. 

“This is just the first Test of three and there is a lot of work to be done. Achieving consistency continues to be the key.”

Given England’s dominance of Sri Lanka and their spinners in
sub-continental conditions less than two months earlier, the manner of
their capitulation would have been particularly surprising. 

Not that it mattered in the least to Chase who reaped considerable
reward to eclipse his previous best Test innings figures of five for 121
against India in Jamaica in just his second Test in 2016.

If West Indies
expectations in the victory push on the fourth morning were that pace
would replicate the devastation of the first innings, the lanky
26-year-old changed the narrative when he ended opening batsman Rory
Burns’ quest for a maiden Test century off the final delivery before
lunch.

Burns top-scored for England with 84.

Enjoying the conditions and England’s indecisiveness, he added the
wickets of England skipper Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, the
off-spinning all-rounder suffering the indignity of a “pair” in the
afternoon to end the tourists’ hopes of taking the match into a fifth
day  

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who would have had the wicket of Root
but was called for a no-ball when the batsman gloved a sharp lifter to
Holder in the slips, made amends by dismissing Jonny Bairstow to a
leg-side catch by Hope. 

Another pacer, Alzarri Joseph, had taken the first wicket of the day
when he broke an opening partnership of 85 by having Keaton Jennings
caught by Holder at third slip for 14.

In contrast to Holder’s outstanding performances in front of his home
crowd, which earned him the man of the match award, this has been a
miserable experience for Root.

Reprieved by Gabriel’s front foot indiscretion, he failed to take
full advantage of the let-off, eventually wafting outside the off-stump
at Chase to give Darren Bravo a straightforward catch at slip to depart
for 22.

“We are a far better side than we have played in this match and we
need to remember that going into the next match,” said disappointed
Root.

“We could have gone down a different route in team selection but the important factor is that we can do a lot better than this.”

With Gabriel troubled by a foot injury and Chase settling into a
wicket-taking groove, it was inevitable he would be persisted with in
the final session and did not disappoint. 

Jos Buttler fell to a diving catch by John Campbell at short mid-on,
Shimron Hetmyer somehow held on to a sharp chance at short-leg to remove
Ben Foakes and Kraigg Brathwaite judged a catch well on the midwicket
boundary to get rid of Adil Rashid before Hope administered the final
flourish behind the stumps.

Brief scores: West Indies 289 and 415 for 6 declared; England 77 and 246


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Facebook suspends apps as Cambridge Analytica investigation marches on

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At the weekend Facebook provided an update for those following its ongoing investigation into the apps on its platform.

This investigation was of course brought about by the Cambridge Analytica scandal that breached the surface in March 2018. In lieu of that incident Facebook has been scrutinising the applications developed for its platform.

“We initially identified apps for investigation based on how many users they had and how much data they could access. Now, we also identify apps based on signals associated with an app’s potential to abuse our policies,” explained vice president of product partnerships at Facebook, Ime Archibong.

“Depending on the results, a range of actions could be taken from requiring developers to submit to in-depth questioning, to conducting inspections or banning an app from the platform,” Archibong said.

To date Facebook has looked at millions of applications on its platform and suspended “tens of thousands” as it investigates them.

There have been a few cases where Facebook has had to ban an app from its platform completely. The reasons for a ban range from inappropriate data sharing to violating Facebook’s terms and conditions. With that having been said, Facebook says it has found no evidence of data misuse other than what it has already notified authorities about.

Of course, it’s worth remembering that Facebook is not doing this of its own volition. You may recall the social network was ordered to pay a $5 billion fine by the Federal Trade Commission for its woeful privacy practices.

In addition to the fine Facebook has to have greater oversight over app developers and you may see fewer “What Game of Thrones prop are you” type quizzes on Facebook in the future.

“We have also developed new rules to more strictly control a developer’s access to user data. Apps that provide minimal utility for users, like personality quizzes, may not be allowed on Facebook. Apps may not request a person’s data unless the developer uses it to meaningfully improve the quality of a person’s experience. They must also clearly demonstrate to people how their data would be used to provide them that experience,” explained Archibong.

The social network says that it is constantly learning from last year’s incident and working to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

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Cloud and IoT cybersecurity threats demand an army of security experts

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By 2022, 1.5 billion devices with cellular connections are expected to be scattered around the world

These devices which form the Internet of Things (IoT) coupled with the adoption of cloud services has the potential to create an even more complex cybersecurity landscape and businesses ought to be prepared.

Even today, as the Internet of Things grows, the attack vectors we face in 2019 are far more different than those we saw even five years ago.

What’s more is that according to specialist security sales executive at T-Systems, Lukas van der Merwe the threats a business faces are more sophisticated and more persistent.

“The development of IoT has seen the advent of a multitude of smart devices that are connected to the Internet, which traditionally ran on closed and secure Operational Technology (OT) networks. This can impact an organisation’s risk profile, as these devices are open to a number of new vulnerabilities,” explains van der Merwe.

“Ultimately, the implications of a cyberattack could range from shutting down a small manufacturing plant to affecting power distribution across half of the country,” he warns.

Despite the rise of these threats, the solution remains somewhat the same – a good IT and security team.

That having been said, the rapid adoption of new technologies coupled with the growing cyber threats means that IT and security teams are struggling to keep up with new developments.

“There is a multitude of platforms, developed by third parties, that are constantly changing and growing, based on consumer demand. These are deployed and adopted by the organisation at a pace that the internal security team cannot keep up with. So, your subject matter expert is no longer a subject matter expert in your environment, because your environment has become so much more complex,” explains deal solutions manager at T-Systems South Africa, Andre Schwan.

The manager says that businesses can no longer rely on one person or a small team to handle cyber threats.

Due to the nature of the landscape a team made up of individuals that are experts in specific fields that can address a multi-cloud, multi-device and IoT environment.

In lieu of this a firm can tap up a security service provider that can assist in this regard. Especially in respect of South Africa, cybersecurity skills may be in short supply so drawing on a provider’s services may be the best option.

“The right partner can provide R&D, broad experience and development across a client’s environments, bringing much deeper capability and security experience at a much lower cost than if the client did it themselves,” Schwan explains.

While a firm may be hesitant to look outside of its walls for help, the rising threats mean that any firm can become a target. Perhaps then it’s time to consider employing the service of a firm made up of cybersecurity experts rather than going at it alone.

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Facebook lists countries backing the stability of its Libra cryptocurrency

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When Facebook first debuted its new cryptocurrency, Libra, a few months ago, the general reaction was mixed. Most people were hesitant to use “Zuck bucks” if the divisive social media company was behind it, whereas governments raised concerns over stability of the currency and what the endgame was for Facebook.

While we cannot speak for consumers, governments have been poking around under the hood of Libra, with those in the European Union in particular wanting to know more about the cryptocurrency.

To that end Facebook sent a letter to German politician, Fabio De Masi, in a bid to explain how the cryptocurrency is backed and that it will not suffer from the same volatility and instability that Bitcoin and others suffer from.

Having read the letter, published by Der Spiegel, it goes on to list the countries and currencies that will be backing Libra. Perhaps unsurprisingly the United States is the largest backer, with the dollar accounting for 50 percent of its backing. The US is followed by the EU at 18 percent, Japan at 14 percent, Britain at 11 percent and Singapore with seven percent.

As Reuters points out, it is rather telling that the Chinese Yuan has not been listed, with tensions between the US and China potentially scuppering any plans that Facebook has for Libra in Southeast Asian markets.

It’s also interesting to see that no African, South and Central American countries or currencies are backing Libra at this stage.

With Facebook noting that it is a solution designed specifically with the previously unbanked in mind, many of which live in those aforementioned regions, not having backing in those areas may mean a launch in less developed nations is still some ways off for Libra.

Added to this is continued uncertainty in the EU, with French and German officials having already raised issues regarding how a cryptocurrency like Libra could prove destabilising for their economies, not to mention others.

With the cryptocurrency facing heavy scrutiny before it has even been launched, which is still unknown at this stage, it’s clear that Facebook has an uphill battle on its hands with Libra, not to mention whether its intended target audience are even interested in the platform.

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