Computer News - In Brief


- A cooperation agreement for introducing new e-government projects was signed last week between the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Oracle Corporation. This protocol states that Oracle Corporation will provide to Government organizations special pricing terms and technical consulting services for e-Government projects.

- Credit card holders who made use of Absa Online Payments (AOP) were safe from the recent hack attack’ in the US when about eight million Visa and MasterCard accounts were compromised, according to the Bank. The attack was caused when the security of a US-based card processing company’s computer systems were breached, and several banks reported that certain cardholders may have been compromised, although none had been defrauded. Absa’s Online Payments generates a unique, secure number for each online transaction made and will send this number to the shopping site instead of the actual credit or debit card details. This makes it impossible for third parties to intercept actual card details.

- Bytes Business Solutions (BBS), a division of Bytes Technology Group Limited (a member of the Altron group), announced the validation of its integration of Serena ChangeMan® DS, Software Change Manager for Distributed Systems, with the latest version of IBM’s WebSphere Studio.

- South Africa’s Golaganang, the private and public sector partnership initiative to provide affordable PC ownership and Internet connection to public services employees and their families, is going to tender. Described as one of the most coordinated and ambitious information and communications technology (ICT) development initiatives in SA to date, Golaganang’s vision is to help create jobs and skills, give a broader community of users access to e-services such as online banking and e-government applications, and ultimately, foster a culture of computer literacy in the country.