Ashinaga Senegal, in collaboration with Jokkokids, organized its second activity with the scholars from the Senegal Primary School Scholarship Program. The activity gathered the children for two days at the Ashinaga Senegal Kokoro Juku and focused on the theme “From Storytelling to Coding “.

As the activity progressed the children opened up to each other, discovered and shared through games, music and learning. Other activities will be organized by Ashinaga Senegal in the coming months with the same goals of encouraging open-mindedness, developing the students’ knowledge of the world around them and supporting their personal development.

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Research has revealed it is "frighteningly easy" for fraudsters to get the details needed to make scam payments on someone else's credit card.

With some basic card information, criminals can guess most security codes and expiry dates in under six seconds, according to a Newcastle University study, and then use these to purchase items with someone else's money.

The news follows a swathe of cyber-attacks that have resulted in the loss of millions of Britons' personal and contact details, passwords and, in some cases, financial details. This has led to a spike in credit card hacking and people losing money online.

Here's everything you need to know about the phenomenon and how to protect yourself.

What is credit card hacking?

Credit card hacking covers a wide range of crimes that involve stealing money from people's bank accounts using stolen or cloned credit and debit card details.

How common is it?

Fraudsters have been cloning bank cards and stealing money from people's online accounts for years. But the frequency and severity of attacks has increased as we conduct more of our lives, particularly financial, online. Recent reports of wide-scale scams include money being stolen from 20,000 Tesco Bank customers, and thousands of pounds worth of fraudulent orders being placed from users' Deliveroo accounts.

How fraudsters can get your details

Fraudsters can get hold of people's credit card details in a number of different ways.

Traditionally, criminals had to use time-consuming and risky methods to get details, such as installing a tool onto ATMs and card machines, or rifling through people's waste paper baskets.

But fraudsters can now access masses of financial information with relative ease, not having to leave the comfort of their sofa or risk being seen. Some of the most common methods used for credit card hacking include:

Steal data or buy it on the dark web

Personal information stolen in hacks often surfaces on marketplaces on the dark web, as the hacks against Friend Finder Networks, Yahoo and Dropbox all show. This information can include everything from name and contact details to home address, credit card number and date of birth.

Depending on the type of information available, criminals can either guess the rest of your financial details and begin stealing money, or launch phishing attacks in order to gather more data.



AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The long weekend of shopping extends into Cyber Monday. There will be some great deals but also plenty of scams.

It's a great combination. Shopping from the comfort of your own home and saving money. It's no surprise that Cyber Monday is the single largest online shopping day of the year. But along with the deals will come scammers looking to take advantage.

"If it's too good to be true it probably is too good to be true." Tech expert Will Bunch says he sees people falling for these online scams every year. And these fake websites are becoming easier and easier to build. "The software is easier to get than ever, you can spend $85 customizing a website for an hour and a half and make it look at legitimate as humanly possible."

The good news is there are ways to spot the fake sites quickly. First, make sure the site you are buying from has HTTPS in the URL, not just HTTP.

"HTTP is the programming language of the internet, it stands for hypertext transfer protocol. The 'S' at the end means hypertext transfer protocol that is secure."

Other easy tips: using a credit card is easier to get your money back than debit and never enter unnecessary personal information like your social security number.

"There's a lot of great deals out there, there are some amazing deals tomorrow. Always check twice before hitting the checkout button, and make sure you know where your info is going before it gets there."

Cyber Monday 2015 saw over $3 billion in total sales.



When you whip yourself into a frenzy over countless - Cyber Monday deals, be careful out there. Cyber thieves are trying to get your business, too.

Cyber thievery is more common than most people suspect. That’s why you need to be vigilant so that your financial information isn’t stolen.

You’re mostly on your own. Some 49 percent of consumers believe themselves to be primarily responsible for protecting accounts against fraud, according to The Identity Theft Council, as opposed to banks, government or other services.

One in six fraud victims has had an account compromised with a government agency, insurance agency, or healthcare provider. And 1.5 million consumers had fraudulent financial accounts opened in their name in 2015.

According to Neal O’Farrell, executive director of the Council, here’s how you can avoid problems:

Check it before you click it: Clever misspellings or lookalike sites can trick busy shoppers—especially the older generation. For example, a Macy’s website that’s spelled is probably trying to scam you. So double check that the URL you’re clicking is official.

Don’t click on ads: Hackers are increasingly targeting companies that serve up flashy Flash ads, embedding them with nasty malware to compromise your identity. So avoid clicking or even mousing over ads online.

Patch it up!: Drive-by malware downloads can take advantage of any software on your device that hasn’t been updated with the latest security patch. Before you shop, ensure the software on your device is completely up-to-date.

Shop on familiar, secure sites: “A good rule of thumb is to always look for an “S” in the URL because a website with a URL that starts with “https” indicates a safe and secure site,” according to

“Shoppers can prevent being victims of fraud if they just quickly look at their web address.”

Don’t Use a Debit Card. “While shopping for the holiday’s hottest items,” adds, “consumers should avoid using their debit card for online? purchases.

Under the Fair Credit Billing Act, a debit card will not be reimbursed if it has been attained and used by an online thief. Experts recommend using a credit card because charges can be disputed if a consumer has been the victim of fraud or identity theft.”

Make sure your security software is updated. ” Without comprehensive security protection online, you’re inviting identity thieves to steal your financial information,” notes

“Make sure you have the latest version of security software installed on your computer. Also beware of clicking on links in e-mails that appear to come from reputable retailers.”

– Avoid Wireless Terminals and WiFi Transactions. ” Many retailers and restaurants have recently implemented wireless credit card terminals to speed transactions along, but security can be virtually nonexistent,” adds