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Facebook denies server hacking caused seven-hours outage, $100m loss

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Facebook has shut down claims of ‘ malicious activity’ behind the seven-hour blackout that cost the company an estimated $100million in lost revenue.

“Configuration changes on the backbone routers that coordinate network traffic between our data centers caused issues that interrupted this communication. This disruption to network traffic had a cascading effect on the way our data centers communicate, bringing our services to a halt,” Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure Santosh Janardhan wrote in the post.

“The underlying cause of this outage also impacted many of the internal tools and systems we use in our day-to-day operations, complicating our attempts to quickly diagnose and resolve the problem,” Janardhan added.

Facebook said it had “no evidence that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.”

The global outage hit Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger on Monday evening was caused after faulty configuration disconnected its servers from the internet, meaning engineers had to travel to its Santa Clara data center to fix the glitch in-person.

It is believed that a faulty update to Facebook’s Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), which routes traffic between large private networks and the public Internet, left apps and browsers unable to locate the company’s services.

But the repair was delayed, according a purported insider, because of ‘lower staffing in data centers due to pandemic measures’, along with outages in physical access card systems and internal messaging services.

Before the outage was fixed, it was reported that the company had been hacked.

Speaking with DailyMail.com, Kieron Harding, an IT Infrastructure Engineer at GRC International Group, told said: ‘The nature of the problem meant Facebook would have needed network engineers to physically access their BGP routers – and due to the pandemic, some of the data centers quite possibly don’t have an engineer based on site, or someone who could have immediately started to work on the problem.’

‘One of the reasons why the outage lasted for as long as it did was because the misconfiguration of the BGP also affected Facebook’s physical door access systems – which shut down; meaning engineers couldn’t get into the buildings, or secure rooms, to start fixing the issues straightaway,’ said Harding

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Dollar to naira exchange rate today 26 January 2022

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FELLOW PRESS reports news on the dollar to naira exchange rate today 26 January 2022.

How much is Dollar to Naira Exchange at CBN Rate?

According to available data from the CBN, US dollar to naira exchange rate bought at ₦414.82 and sold at ₦415.82, making an average of  ₦415.32 for $1 on Monday January 25.

How Much Is Dollar To Naira Exchange Today At Official Rate?

The official rate today, dollar exchange to naira opened at ₦415.21 on Tuesday January 25, and closed at ₦416.33 on Tuesday January 25. This amount to 0.02 per cent decrease for naira against dollar.

The CBN adopts the NAFEX rates from FMDQ, signifying that all exchange rate transactions involving the public and the private sector will reference the prevailing NAFEX rate as its official exchange rate.

It is the official security exchange where foreign currencies (FOREX) is traded between naira and dollar and other currencies.

Daily turnover at the forex market stands at ₦95.52m.

How Much Is Dollar To Naira Exchange Today at Bank Rate?

Each commercial banks is at their discretion to fix forex exchange rate. Factors can range from currency availability, demand against the prevailing rate.

See below bank rate of dollar to naira:

GTbank: ₦ 480

Ecobank: ₦ 480

Access Bank: ₦470

UBA: ₦510

Sterling Bank: ₦480

FCMB: ₦480

Fidelity: ₦533

How much is exchange rate of Dollar to Naira in Black Market today?

According to Abuja Parallel Market as available with the Bureau De Change (BDC), US dollar to naira as at Wednesday January 26, 2022 opened at ₦565 to $1.

Although, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has warned individuals who need forex to approach commercial banks.

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CBN retains benchmark interest rate at 11.5%

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The Central Bank of Nigeria’s Monetary Policy Committee has retained the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) at 11.5% and kept all other parameters unchanged.

This was announced by CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele on Tuesday January 25, at the apex bank’s headquarters in Abuja.

The MPR which has remained unchanged for months, is a powerful tool for regulating interest rates in the economy.

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FirstBank partners Rotary Club on infrastructure devt. in Lagos school

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First Bank Nigeria Ltd. in collaboration with Rotary Club of Lagos have donated four blocks of renovated classrooms, library and borehole to Lafiaji Senior High School, Lagos, to enhance learning and sanitation.

Mr Babawale Agbeyangi, president, Rotary Club of Lagos, said at the inauguration of the projects on Tuesday that they would improve health and education in the state.

Agbeyangi noted that the club also partnered FBNHoldings to create a conducive learning environment for the students.

He said the club conducted cervical screening and vaccination for 200 female students of the school, trained the teachers in ICT and donated equipment to ensure students had access to STEM education.

The president commended the bank and FBNHoldings for supporting the project, noting that it would assist to shape the future of the students.

Agbeyangi said the club would continue to take action on sustainable projects that would have lasting impact on communities.

Dr Adesola Adeduntan, Managing Director, FirstBank, said the project resonated with the bank’s corporate responsibility and sustainability projects in health and education.

Adeduntan, represented by Mrs Chinwe Bode-Akinwande, Head, Digital Marketing, FirstBank, said the bank had provided education intervention with far reaching impacts over the last 27 years.

“During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, FirstBank launched a platform aimed at moving one million students in the nation to e-learning, and supported 20,000 public schools in Lagos with mobile learning devices.

“Notably, the initiatives have received global recognition and awards,” he said.

Adeduntan noted that investment in education would secure the future of the students and development of the nation.

According to him, returns expected from the projects is outstanding performance from the students.

He enjoined the students to maximise the use of the facilities to their advantage.

He advised the students to continue to imbibe the culture of hygiene and physical wellbeing, noting that health was wealth.

Adeduntan commended Rotary Club for its humanitarian efforts aimed at improving lives and the society.

Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, Lagos State Commissioner for Education, commended the club and its partners for supporting the state in improving the welfare of students and standard of education.

Adefisayo noted that the state was embarking on infrastructural upgrade of schools across the state, saying the government alone could not bridge the infrastructure gap in the education sector.

She said the state was committed to improving welfare and quality of education, noting that its dedication assisted to improve the state’s success rate in WAEC to 79 per cent.

Similarly, Mr Muyideen Alade-Folawiyo, Chairman, Lagos Island East Council Development Area, said the project aligned with the state and council’s objectives for health and education.

Alade-Folawiyo said the classrooms would ensure that the students learnt in a conducive manner, while the borehole would reduce incidence of waterborne diseases.

Also, Mr Folorunsho Egharva, Principal of the school, appreciated the club and its partners, pledging to ensure judicious use of the facilities.

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