MultiChoice changes software to evade hackers

COMPUTING

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
MultiChoice changes software to evade hackers

By Gregory Gondwe, Lilongwe, Malawi

Multichoice Malawi, a franchise of MultiChoice Africa, a multichannel digital satellite television operator across the African continent, has announced that it has changed its software and issued new smartcards. For subscribers to continue accessing their programming and prepare their decoders for future enhancements, they need to replace the old smartcards.

Smartcards help decode the programming information from satellites to the decoder. Multichoice says hackers have infiltrated the system and the introduction of the new software will bar illegal tapping into programming.

Communication sent by the company to subscribers indicates that failure to replace the old smartcards with new ones will prevent subscribers from receiving the DStv signal.

Multichoice Malawi Regional Manager for Central and Northern Regions, Titania Katenga-Kaunda, told Biztechafrica that this is the company’s continuous effort to combat piracy of DStv across the platforms.

“MultiChoice embarked on swap outs of all smartcards up to and including version 5.3 at no cost to the subscribers and this process will be done by 31st March, 2012,” she said.

She said in terms of communication, their corporate office sent a forced Digital Satellite Decoder message to affected subscribers only and they hope the campaign for all affected smartcards should have been swapped out by the set date.

Those that will not have swapped their cards after the deadline will be required to purchase a new smartcard.

Although the company says it is swapping all versions up to and including version 5.3 of their smart cards at no cost where both decoder and smart card needs to be swapped out, the subscriber will have to pay a swap out fee for the new decoder.

Older Model 660 - 720i decoders are the ones on the line for swapping.
Subscribers in Malawi have been cramming Multichoice offices in Capital Lilongwe and Commercial Capital Blantyre to participate in the exercise.

Those who qualified for the swapping are the subscribers whose decoders and smartcards are working and one thing to consider before identifying affected smartcard version are those written on the bottom under the gold chip.

The swapping process which is ongoing at the moment is taking approximately 5 -10 minutes, which includes replacing the old smartcard, and reloading services on the new smartcard.

MultiChoice is only conducting swaps for smartcard ranges SC Models:


    Model Type
    Model Name
    KMS Version
    KMS Platform
    Card Name

     KUZETA1
    Zeta KUZETA1
    5.3
    IS7
    V5.3.36 (Zeta NXP)

     MCASKU2
    Philips S/C MCASKU2
    2.2
    IS7
    Version 2

     MCASKU4
    Philips S/C MCASKU4
    4.1
    IS7
    V4.1.63 (Delta)

     MCASKU5
    Philips S/C MCASKU5
    5
    IS7
    V5.0.53 (Epsilon)

     PHIL 1
    Philips Sc model 1
    V1

     PHIL 2
    Philips Sc model 2
    V1

     PHIL 3
    PHILIPS SC model 3
    V1

     PHIL 4
    Philips Sc model 4
    V1



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE COMPUTING NEWS

Police MfB, Intel, Airtel partner on computers for SMEs

The Nigerian Police Force Microfinance Bank (NPF MfB) has entered into a strategic partnership with Airtel and Intel to provide affordable and accessible technological devices for the Nigerian police force and SMEs in Nigeria. Read More

Transceiver warrantees: ProLabs separates fact from fiction

Value-added distributer, Networks Unlimited distributes ProLabs’ product line of high-quality, OEM-compatible optical transceivers and direct-attach cables offering at significant cost savings, often up to 70 percent less than OEM branded products, across the African continent.  Read More

Resolving the data centre disconnect

The disconnect between virtualised applications and physical storage is costing businesses time and money.    Read More

Huawei’s Botswana footprint ‘commendable’: MD

Gao Wenli, Managing Director of Huawei Botswana, is upbeat about the progress his company has made in the country so far.  Read More

Huawei stages inaugural ICT conference in Botswana

Huawei Technologies Botswana held its inaugural ICT conference where a lot of its cutting edge technology was on display.  Read More

Huawei initiates e-learning in Ugandan schools

In a bid to deepen ICT adoption among Ugandans, Huawei Uganda has provided internet connected computers to schools in western Uganda. Read More

F5’s latest plugins create compelling argument to move to OpenStack

OpenStack has emerged as one of the most popular cloud computing platforms, allowing organisations to easily build and scale next-generation applications in an open source environment.  Read More

Dealing with the dark side of rapid digitisation in financial services

Mobile payments and digital banking is evolving at breakneck speed across Africa, raising new digital security risks.  Read More

Networks Unlimited Recognised as Riverbed Distributor of the Year for South Africa

Networks Unlimited, a value-adding distributor of converged technology, data centre, networking, and security technology throughout Africa, has announced that it has won the Riverbed® Technology Distributor of the Year 2015 Award for South Africa.  Read More

MP says ICT can improve service delivery

An Inter-District Public Service Celebration has given the Member of Parliament for Tati West, Biggie Butale the platform to encourage other public servants to take advantage of opportunities provided by ICT and youth talent to enhance service delivery. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor NetworksEricssonTigo Ghana

FEATURED STORY

Government should encourage youths in ICT earlyGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early

Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.

IN DEPTH

IBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South AfricaIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa

IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.  

COMPANY NEWS

Tigo, JI and GES equip teachers on child online protection initiative

Tigo, in partnership with J Initiative (JI), a youth focused non-governmental organisation in Ghana, have committed to protecting children online through policy advocacy, awareness creation, public education ...

Ericsson and King’s College London demonstrate 5G tactile robotic surgery

Ericsson and King’s College London will be demonstrating a 5G use case of tactile robotic surgery at 5G World 2016 in London on 29-30 June.

Tigo Business – Building trusted business partner relationships with clients

Tigo Business has increased and empowered its account management team to improve its overall customer service experience.