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APO Enhances Press Release Distribution Service Offerings via NASDAQ OMX’s GlobeNewswire

Posted by African Press International on April 7, 2014

NASDAQ OMX’s GlobeNewswire is the world’s largest financial newswire distribution network

DAKAR, Sénégal, April 7, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – APO (African Press Organization) (, the sole press release wire in Africa, and the global leader in media relations related to Africa, announces today that it has become an authorized agency client in Africa for NASDAQ OMX’s ( GlobeNewswire (, one of the world’s largest financial newswire distribution networks, specializing in the delivery of corporate press releases, financial disclosures and multimedia content to the media, investment community, individual investors and the general public.

APO's logo and abstract of the press release announcing the agreement has been showcased on the NASDAQ tower at the Times Square in New York City


Photo of APO logo on the NASDAQ tower in Times Square (New York):
(APO’s logo and abstract of the press release announcing the agreement has been showcased on the NASDAQ tower at the Times Square in New York City)

“We are excited about offering GlobeNewswire’s services to APO clients,” said APO Founder and CEO, Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard.  “This is indeed timely due to our revamped brand image. It is a fact that more and more African companies are getting international recognition, and we are proud to support their expansive growth by providing new, industry-leading distribution services via GlobeNewswire.”

Through GlobeNewswire, APO will offer its clients comprehensive press release distribution options which include:

•          Press Release Distribution via the Associated Press:  A wide variety of national, regional, state, and city distribution circuits are available through GlobeNewswire. All U.S. distribution circuits reach the editorial newsrooms of mainstream media such as national and regional newspapers, broadcast and online media.

•          Thousands of Online Reach: Through direct relationships with online media and hundreds of RSS feeds, press releases reach and can be posted on thousands of websites such as Yahoo!, Wall Street Journal Online,, MSN Money,, New York Times,, etc.

•          Complimentary Distribution to Industry Trades:  Over 300+ industry trades distribution are available with the purchase of press release distribution service.

•          Timely Disclosure of Regulatory Press Release: Simultaneous distribution to media outlets, financial desktops/data terminals and professional databases such as Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, and Dow Jones.

•          Global Press Release Distribution: With strong affiliation with reputable international distribution partners, GlobeNewswire operates a global distribution network which offers a wide variety of distribution circuits to reach global financial and trade media outlets and investment communities efficiently.

•          Logo Placement via Times Square Tower: Client’s company logo and abstract of press release can be showcased on the NASDAQ tower at the Times Square in New York City.

•          Photo Distribution via Associated Press: Through AP satellite technology, photos are delivered directly to photo editors in over 1,500 newsrooms in the U.S. with advanced searching capabilities that allow editors to find photos that closely match their needs.

APO manages Africa Wire®, the service for press release wire distribution and monitoring in Africa, reaching over 50,000 media contacts, bloggers, social networks, and redistributing content to over 50 African websites, Bloomberg Terminal, Thomson Reuters, Lexis Nexis, Dow Jones Factiva, and more.

Utilized by some of the world’s largest companies, communications agencies, institutions and organizations, Africa Wire® guarantees the most extensive reach to Africa, acting as the conduit for APO’s clients’ targeted audience in all parts of the continent and the world.

More information about Africa Wire®, the service for press release wire distribution in

About APO

APO (African Press Organization) ( is the sole press release wire in Africa, and the global leader in media relations related to Africa.  With offices in Senegal, Switzerland, India, and Seychelles, APO owns a media database of over 50,000 contacts and the main online community for Africa-related news.  It offers a complete range of services including press release distribution and monitoring, online press conferences, interactive webcasts, media interactions, strategic advice, public diplomacy, government relations, and events promotion. To find out more please visit,



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NUSOJ welcomes the formation of the Independent Media Law Task force in Mogadishu

Posted by African Press International on April 7, 2014

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes the formation of the Independent Task Force mandated to review and finalize the media law once and for all.

NUSOJ applauds the commitment shown by the Minister of information, Mustaf Dhuhulow in providing the Media and journalists’ representatives 10 out of 16 representatives of the appointed Task Force, an indication of a broader representation, inclusiveness with respect to gender equality.

The National Union of Somali Journalist, which is a national journalists trade union that represent and speaks on behalf of the Somali journalists looks forward to working with the appointed Task force with the aim of ensuring the final draft of the bill safeguards the media freedoms and the freedom of expression in line with the Federal constitution of Somalia and respects the existing regional and international conventions on freedom of expression.



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Symantec: “Simple njRAT Fuels Nascent Middle East Cybercrime Scene”

Posted by African Press International on April 7, 2014

Majority of njRAT C&C servers are found in the Middle East and North Africa

DUBAI, UAE, April 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Symantec (  has observed the growth of indigenous groups of attackers in the Middle East, centered around a simple piece of malware known as njRAT ( While njRAT is similar in capability to many other remote access tools (RATs), what is interesting about this malware is that it is developed and supported by Arabic speakers, resulting in its popularity among attackers in the region.

The malware can be used to control networks of computers, known as botnets. While most attackers using njRAT appear to be engaged in ordinary cybercriminal activity, there is also evidence that several groups have used the malware to target governments in the region.

Symantec analyzed 721 samples of njRAT and uncovered a fairly large number of infections, with 542 control-and-command (C&C) server domain names found and 24,000 infected computers worldwide. Nearly 80 percent of the C&C servers were located in regions in the Middle East and North Africa, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories and Libya.

njRAT is not new on the cybercrime scene. It has been publicly available since June 2013 and three versions have already been released, all of which can be propagated through infected USB keys or networked drives.

The main reason for njRAT’s popularity in the Middle East and North Africa is a large online community providing support in the form of instructions and tutorials for the malware’s development. The malware’s author also appears to hail from the region.

Most njRAT users seem to be home users who are interested in online pranks such as spying on webcams or taking screenshots of victims’ computers. However, infections have also been recorded on the networks of a number of governments and political activists.

Symantec has identified 487 groups of attackers mounting attacks using njRAT. These attacks appear to have different motivations, which can be broadly classed as hacktivism, information theft, and botnet building.

As large numbers of Middle Eastern attackers continue to use njRAT due to its accessibility, Symantec expects that they will try to find new ways of obfuscating the malware to evade detection by antivirus software. They are likely to continue to use njRAT since an Arabic speaking community and its Arabic author continue to provide support for the malware.

Symantec anticipates that such groups will eventually depart from using publicly available tools like njRAT and begin to develop their own tools and more advanced RATs for cyberattacks.

Symantec detects this threat as Backdoor.Ratenjay (


About Symantec

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) ( is an information protection expert that helps people, businesses and governments seeking the freedom to unlock the opportunities technology brings – anytime, anywhere. Founded in April 1982, Symantec, a Fortune 500 company, operating one of the largest global data-intelligence networks, has provided leading security, backup and availability solutions for where vital information is stored, accessed and shared. The company’s more than 21,500 employees reside in more than 50 countries. Ninety-nine percent of Fortune 500 companies are Symantec customers. In fiscal 2013, it recorded revenues of $6.9 billion. To learn more go to or connect with Symantec at:




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