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Financial phishing cyberattacks significantly increase in Kenya and Nigeria in Q2 of 2022

Complex cyberattacks should make fraud prevention a focal point to control fraud transactions, eventually reduce fraud risk in the future and avoid reputation damage

According to Kaspersky’s Financial Cyberthreats report (https://bit.ly/3BOaiey), attacks in the financial sector are becoming increasingly corporate-oriented and shifting away from consumers. Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za) Security Network data shows that the number of financial phishing attempts in the African regions increased significantly from Q1 to Q2 of 2022. Banks, payment systems, and e-commerce websites were…

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Cyber defence a critical component of an environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, says Kaspersky

Investment in ESG assets is set to grow to $50 trillion by 2025

As cyberattacks on pipelines, water pumping stations and manufacturing plants hit the news, customers and investors grow more aware of the need for organisations to take responsibility for the protection of their potential cyber vulnerabilities. Cybercrime can have a significant impact on businesses, and cybersecurity is central to environmental, social…

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Backdoor computer malware in Africa skyrocketed in the second quarter of 2022

South Africa saw the most significant increase in backdoor detections from Q1 to Q2 – by 140% to 11,872 cases, with the share of affected users increasing by 10%

According to Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za) Security Network data for corporate users, the number of backdoor computer malware detected in Q2 2022 in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria increased significantly compared to the previous quarter, hitting new records and posing challenges to cybersecurity professionals in enterprise and government agencies. A backdoor is…

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Phishing and Scams Hit the Roof in Kenya and Nigeria With a 438% and 174% Increase in the Number of Detections in Each Country Respectively in Q2 2022

The company’s security solutions detected 10,722,886 phishing attacks in Africa in Q2

Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za) analysis has revealed that attacks related to data loss threats (phishing and scams/social engineering) increased significantly in Africa in Q2 2022 in comparison with the previous quarter. The company’s security solutions detected 10,722,886 phishing attacks in Africa in Q2. Kenyan users were influenced the most by this type…

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More than half of users in Nigeria faced phishing scams when using digital payments

98% think that banks and payment companies should educate users more about the threats online

According to the Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za) Digital Payment survey, 61% of respondents from Nigeria faced phishing scams when using online banking or mobile wallet services. 67% have personally encountered fake websites, and a staggering 82% experienced scams (via texts or calls) using social engineering. When asked about awareness of threats against…

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Kaspersky Discovers a New Backdoor Targeting Governments and NGOs across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa

First leveraged in late March 2021, the newly discovered backdoor has hit governmental institutions and NGOs across the globe with victims in eight countries from the Middle East, Turkey and Africa region, including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Kenya and Turkey

Kaspersky (https://www.Kaspersky.co.za/) experts have brought to light a poorly detected SessionManager backdoor that was set up as a malicious module within the Internet Information Services (IIS), a popular web server edited by Microsoft. Once propagated, SessionManager enables a wide range of malicious activities, starting from collecting emails to complete control over…

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Small businesses in Kenya are still in danger, facing a 47% increase in Internet attacks in 2022

In comparison to 88 455 infections in 2021, Kaspersky researchers detected 130 111 infections in the first four months of 2022

When a small business owner is faced with the responsibilities of production economics, financial reports and marketing all at the same time, cybersecurity can often appear complicated and, at times, unnecessary. However, this disregard for IT security is being exploited by cybercriminals. Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za) researchers assessed the dynamics of attacks…

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Small businesses in Nigeria are still in danger, facing an 89% increase in Remote Desktop Protocol attacks in 2022

In 2022, the number of Trojan-PSW (Password Stealing Ware) detections in Nigeria more than doubled when compared to the same period in 2021

When a small business owner is faced with the responsibilities of production economics, financial reports and marketing all at the same time, cybersecurity can often appear complicated and, at times, unnecessary. However, this disregard for IT security is being exploited by cybercriminals. Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za) researchers assessed the dynamics of attacks…

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Kaspersky reports the anomalous decline of mobile malware in Africa in 2021

This dynamic is a reflection of the global trend, as cybercriminals tend to invest less and less into the mainstream threats that are successfully neutralised by modern security solutions

While analysing the threat landscape of African countries, Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za) experts saw a steady decline in attacks on mobile devices in the region, as cybercriminals consolidated their efforts to focus on more complicated, dangerous and profitable threats instead. These and other findings are featured in Kaspersky’s Mobile Threats in 2021 (https://bit.ly/3JPgBkn)…

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Valentine or swindler? Kaspersky Reminds How to Use Dating Services Securely

Kaspersky’s experts share recommendations to help people use dating apps more securely

According to Kaspersky’s survey (www.Kaspersky.co.za) devoted to using dating apps during the pandemic*, fraud is an increasing problem for those who use such platforms in Kenya. Almost 29% of them faced fraud attempts last year. Almost three quarters (72%) of them said the fraudster tried to get money allegedly for the…