The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) is in the process of procuring data extraction and analytical tools to upgrade their cyber cyber force to boost cyberwarfare, cybersecurity, and counter-cyberwarfare and has moved swiftly to delink their move from their parent ministry’s recent controversial bid to spy on citizens through the Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Controlled Investigations) Bill of 2022 which initially sought among others to empower law enforcement agencies to use undercover operations to intercept communications.
The BDF, among others has a responsibilities to combat cyberterrorism and to establish cyber power projection to “protects both the BDF and citizens of this Republic.” Responding to this publication’s request, the BDF spokesperson, Colonel Tebo Dikole said: “It is pertinent to note that the rise in use of information technology has triggered the risk of cyber-attacks, and organisations such as the BDF remain a target, therefore there is a need for the BDF to keep up and maintain a secure cyberspace through provision of resilient and robust capabilities. Cyber security is critical in the military as it protects both the BDF and citizens of this Republic. It is against this background that in 2021 a market research on the possible upgrade of BDF’s analytical tools was done through Request for Quotation (RFQ).”
Dikole however says they currently don’t have any active tender for procurement of forensic extraction tools, further adding that the market research of this equipment is not in any way in line with the recently proposed Criminal, Procedure and Evidence Bill, which only came before parliament at the end of January 2022, but solely for military operational purposes.
“Further, you must be aware that the BDF in terms of the law is not a criminal investigating agency and thus would not be the entity of government to bring cases before court. As stated above, the survey was for its military operational needs,” he clarified. An unconfirmed intercepted RFQ BDF document has listed several Forensic Extraction Tools they need, among those being Magnetic Axiom and recovery digital evidence tool which –acquire images from locked and unlocked IOS devices, Bypass passwords on thousand of Android models with exploits and advanced extraction capabilities, recover evidence from Windows-based computers and Macs, retrieve data from 50plus of the most popular cloud services including icloud, google, facebook, whattsapp, twitter, instagram and skype etc.
The tool also offers advanced parsing and carving techniques to recover the deepest artefact data from 1000+ artifact, industry-leading discovery of chat, picture, browser history and location data, discover more macOS artifacts. The tool also has connections feature to automatically show relationships between artifacts, files and people and timeline to present evidence on a visual timeline that immediately tells a story. Another tool needed is the Data Pilot which retrieves all contact records, call history, messages calendar, files being images, video and more and all deleted data.
Research shows that Security analytics is a proactive approach to cybersecurity that uses data collection, aggregation and analysis capabilities to perform vital security functions that detect, analyze and mitigate cyber threats. Security analytics, online literature says are tools such as threat detection and security monitoring which are deployed with the aim of identifying and investigating security incidents or potential threats such as external malware, targeted attacks and malicious insiders.
“With the ability to detect these threats at early stages, security professionals have the opportunity to stop them before they infiltrate network infrastructure, compromise valuable data and assets, or otherwise cause harm to the organization,” reads a security based online site which further states that security analytics solutions aggregate data from numerous sources that include endpoint and user behaviour data, business applications, operating system event logs, firewalls, routers, virus scanners, external threat intelligence and contextual data, among other things.
“Combining and correlating this data gives organizations one primary data set to work with, allowing security professionals to apply appropriate algorithms and create rapid searches to identify early indicators of an attack. In addition, machine learning technologies can also be used to conduct threat and data analysis in near real time,” reads the document. Dikole however says the nation should not be concerned because the BDF remains steadfast in its mission of securing Botswana’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and national interests.
The Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) Tymon Katholo has revealed why he took a decision to engage private lawyers against the State. The DCEC boss engaged Monthe and Marumo Attorneys in his application to interdict the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) from accessing files and dockets in the custody of the corruption busting agency.
In his affidavit, Katholo says that by virtue of my appointment as the Director General of the DCEC, he is obliged to defend the administration and operational activities of the DCEC. He added that, “I have however been advised about a provision in the State Proceedings Act which grants the authority of public institution to undertake legal proceedings to the Attorney General.” Katholo contends that the provision is not absolute and the High Court may in the exercise of its original jurisdiction permit such, like in this circumstance authorise such proceedings to be instituted by the DCEC or its Director General.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) has gone through transformation over the years, with new faces coming and going, but some figures have become part and parcel of the furniture at Tsholetsa House. From founding in 1962, BDP has seen five leaders changing the baton during the party’s 60 years of existence. The party has successfully contested 12 general elections, albeit the outcome of the last polls were disputed in court.
While party splits were not synonymous with the BDP for the better part of its existence, the party suffered two splits in the last 12 years; the first in 2010 when a Barataphathi faction broke ranks to found the now defunct Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD). The Barataphathi faction was in the main protesting the ill-treatment of then recently elected party secretary general, Gomolemo Motswaledi, who had been suspended ostensibly for challenging the authority of then president, Ian Khama.
Mr Abdoola has known Mr. Uzair Razi for many years from the time he was a young boy. Uzair’s father, Mr Razi Ahmed, was the head of BCCI Bank in Botswana and “a very good man,” his close associates say.
Uzair and his wife went to settle in Dubai, the latter’s birthplace. He stayed in touch and was working for a real estate company owned by Mr. Sameer Lakhani. “Our understanding is that Uzair approached Mr. Abdoola to utilize their services for any property-related interests in Dubai. He did some work for Mr.Abdoola and others in the Botswana business community,” narrates a friend of Mr Abdoola.