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    Half the Internet was shutdown by your camera & refrigerator! Half the Internet was shutdown by your camera & refrigerator!

    Half the Internet was shutdown by your camera & refrigerator!

Half the Internet was shutdown by your camera & refrigerator!

You did not misread the title: Yes, half of the world wide web, the Internet we know and use every hour and every day, has been shut down a couple of days ago. And yes, that may have been caused – in part – by your personal smart camera or smart refrigerator. A massive DDoS attack on the Internet! On last Friday, October 21st 2016, internet users in Egypt and all around the globe started reporting a lag in the performance of websites and services like Twitter, Reddit, Spotify, Netflix and many others.  That came as a result of a historic unprecedented cyber attack waged by anonymous hackers on the servers of Dyn, Josoor Internet Marketing partners whom we started working with to offer their services and products in Egypt and MENA region since the year 2013. What is DDoS? And how did this happen? In order to grasp what really happened on that day, it’s important to know the meaning of both; DNS and DDoS. Domain Name Servers (DNS) are like Phone books for the Internet. DNSs keep a directory of domain names and convert them to Internet Protocol addresses (known as IPs – you heard that alot – yeah?). When you visit a website using your web browser, it actually searches for the IP of this website. What a domain name (URL) means for you, is the same as what a DNS means for your computer or smart phone. While DDoS, standing for Distributed Denial of Service, is a type of a cyber attack where many compromised connected systems (computers, phones, devices, … etc.), which are often infected with a Trojan software (a semi-computer virus), are used by hackers to target a single system or a server causing what is known as “Denial of Service (DoS) attack”. On that black Friday, 3 major waves […]

By |October 23rd, 2016|News|Comments Off on Half the Internet was shutdown by your camera & refrigerator!
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    Egypt’s UBER vs Taxi War: A tough transition to the Digital Age Egypt’s UBER vs Taxi War: A tough transition to the Digital Age

    Egypt’s UBER vs Taxi War: A tough transition to the Digital Age

Egypt’s UBER vs Taxi War: A tough transition to the Digital Age

“We’re the real taxi, not the outsiders!”. This is the name given to the initiative that the Egyptian taxi drivers, mainly those from Cairo, organized to campaign against the rise of the ride hailing applications, UBER and Careem. The drivers are demanding the Egyptian government to shut down the 2 services by claiming they both operate illegally without proper taxes reporting. As a matter of fact, the world renown apps ( Download UBER here and Download Careem here ) came as saviors for thousands of Egyptian taxi riders who suffer from the low-quality service provided by the traditional taxi in Egypt, also locally known as the “White Taxi”, which turned from being a hope to leverage the back-then worse taxi network in Cairo into another nightmare for the capital commuters who always complain about its availability, rudeness of the drivers and the faulty fares always quoted to them in general. Sorry Taxi drivers, we caught you cheating using Google Maps Navigator! When the online bridges builders at Josoor Internet Marketing speak, they talk digital. So we caught a taxi driver in Cairo cheating, like many others do unfortunately, using the amazing Google Maps Navigator app (another digital service that, really, makes life better! Just like UBER and Careem do!). That happened when Josoor’s CTO, Ahmed Fawzi, took a trip from our office at the GrEEK Campus in Downtown Cairo to El-Haram district at the west part of the enormous capital. The trip was approximately 17 KM long and the “honest” fare should have been 25.4 EGP, but the taxi fare counter had another say, as it read that the car travelled for 22.1 KM and charged poor Ahmed for 35.20 EGP. Ahmed made his point and got back to using UBER happily. No sorrow to Cairo’s lovely taxi drivers! A bird’s eye view of the UBER / […]

By |February 11th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Egypt’s UBER vs Taxi War: A tough transition to the Digital Age