Severe heat is no deterrent to KSK trainings



By Rose de la Cruz


Despite the severe heat caused by climate change, the 12-week program, Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan rural and urban farmers’ trainings of SM Foundation Inc. forged ahead with the harvest festival and graduations of trainees, the latest of which was Batch 196 in Cauayan, Isabela last May 22.


The KSK program provides farmers identified by the local government unit new farm technologies and techniques to better earn from high value crops like green leafy vegetables and fruits that have huge demand in local markets and for export even to Metro Manila.



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 Think-tank calls for review of DICT’s functions, scope of authority


By Rose de la Cruz


Think-tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies is urging policymakers to revisit and rethink the scope of power of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, created in 2015, because DICT has “insufficient guidance on the scope of its authority.”


In a press release, the PIDS study, written by consultant Lai-Lynn Barcenas noted that some of the functions of the DICT overlap or are incompatible with those of other departments. For instance, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) still governs the promotion of trade and investments on e-commerce, the improvement of…

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Scammers target job seekers with sophisticated money stealing scheme



Kaspersky Lab experts detected a blast of sophisticated spam emails in the first quarter of 2019, featuring fake job offers that seemed to come from human resource recruiters in large corporations that traditionally attract a lot of interest from potential employees. However, the emails came from spammers and installed money -stealing malware on users’ devices.


Spam emails are often under-estimated threat, yet they can spread malware through social engineering methods like deception and psychological manipulation and claim many victims.


To track such emails, Kaspersky Lab researchers use honeypots – virtual ‘traps’ able to detect malicious emails…

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Gold exempted from excise, income taxes



By Rose de la Cruz


Gold sold by small-scale miners to accredited traders for eventual disposition to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas would be exempt from payment of excise and income taxes, according to Republic Act 11256, which was signed by President Duterte last March 29.


The new law exempts from excise and income tax the sale to the BSP of gold sourced from small-scale mining activities. The measure also covers the sale of gold by small-scale miners to accredited traders for the eventual disposal to the central bank. 

R.A. No. 11256 seeks to remedy the 99…

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 Hackers to attack concluding episode of GoT


By Rose de la Cruz


Kaspersky Lab researchers said the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones saw a spike in related cybercriminal activity.

The premiere of each episode was accompanied by a long tail of attacks targeting users who were trying to download the newly released episode. Instead of getting the latest episode, fans received malware disguised behind the name of the show.

Some episodes proved significantly more toxic than others, with the third episode triggering the highest number of detected attempts to attack users, reaching 3,000 attacks a day at its peak.

Experts expect the…

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