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LONDON---The British government
has issued an unusually stark warning
about a cyberscam that locks users
out of their computers unless they pay
a ransom, saying that tens of millions
of people may soon be targeted.
In a message headlined URGENT
ALERT, Britain s National Crime
Agency said yesterday they were
aware of a "mass e-mail spamming
event that is ongoing" and urged
computer users to beware messages
purporting to come from their bank.
The scam works by tricking users
into downloading CryptoLocker, a
piece of malicious software that en-
crypts a user s hard drive, effectively
scrambling all their personal docu-
ments and photos.
A countdown clock appears on the
screen warning that the files will be
lost irrevocably unless a ransom is
paid, typically through hard-to-trace
cybercurrencies such as Bitcoin. (AP)
Telecommunications giant Dig-
icel, which has a 55 per cent market
share of the T&T market, is not
interested in acquiring Cable and
Wireless shares in rival TSTT, chief
executive officer John Delves said
"We don t operate in any business
where we don t have full manage-
ment control. We do have local part-
ners which are very important in
several of our markets and give great
advice. We believe in our manage-
ment team and our knowledge of
telecom and we want to be in a posi-
tion where we control that, so we
won t be interested. We are inter-
ested in investing in Digicel T&T,"
he told reporters at a breakfast meet-
ing Jaffa s in Port-of-Spain.
Delves said Digicel is always look-
ing for opportunities to expand
whether it is an acquisition or
investment in new technology.
He said the seven and a half years
the company has been in T&T
trends have shown there is an
increase in demand for the data
aspect of Digicel s business.
"What we are seeing as a trend
across all of our markets is a huge
surge in data. In the last 12 months
ended March 31, data accounted for
23 per cent of our revenue and that
grew 20 per cent year on year. From
what we are seeing here in T&T...we
are seeing huge growth come in on
data, as we see smartphones pen-
To keep up with competition,
Delves revealed, Digicel was invest-
ing more in its network.
"Specifically in T&T we have
invested over TT$1.5 billion since
we have been here seven and a half
years, This year we are investing
over $100 million to improve our
network (on the 4G network).
"What we have to do as a busi-
ness is make sure we re matching
the speed of the network, with
investment in it."
Delves also spoke about the com-
pany s plans to introduce cloud
computing to T&T since it provides
security for data and mobility. It
was launched five weeks ago.
"It is very new in the market
place. We are currently developing
a lot of leads, we have had meetings
with over 100 businesses at this
stage and there is really a lot of
interest. You can save 40 to 50 per
cent for businesses going forward."
He said small and large companies
had expressed interest in Cloud
computing: "We re very close to
signing one deal at the moment and
that s with an extremely large com-
Delves said Digicel was also inter-
ested in bringing long-term evolu-
tion (LTE) to T&T and was looking
at responding to the request for pro-
posals (RFP) issued by the Telecoms
Authority of T&T.
"We are currently reviewing that
document that has been issued with
TATT. We are going to make sure
we are at the forefront of technol-
"Basically it s what they call a
beauty contest, so they will find a
criteria and then you put in your
best bid based on their criteria,
which involves things like coverage,
speed of roaming.
"The LTE is the future. We re the
first operator in the Caribbean to
bring LTE. We have knowledge and
history in LTE and hopefully that
should go in our favour," Delves said.
Deadline for the RFP ends on
March 21, 2014.
UK warns of ransom scam targeting tens of millions
Digicel invests $100m
to boost network
CEO of Digicel T&T Ltd, John Delves, left, and entertainer Swappi shake
hands following a breakfast meeting yesterday to introduce the DL 700
Digicel Smartphone and welcome the popular soca artiste to the
Digicel/Sound Cloud team. The event took place at Jaffa's Dining Room,
Queens Park Oval. PHOTO: MARYANN AUGUSTE.
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