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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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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…

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Kaspersky Records Over 2 Million Phishing Attacks in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria in H1 2021 and Spam Email Still a Threat

Phishing attacks across the continent have baited unsuspecting victims into handing over bank information, ID numbers, and more

There was a reduction in the number of phishing attacks recorded and blocked by Kaspersky (www.Africa.Kaspersky.com)in South Africa (17% decline), Kenya (48% decline), and Nigeria (13% decline) for the first half of this year when compared to the same period in 2020. While the decline does suggest and support research…

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Kaspersky Detects Over 1,500 Fraudulent Global Resources Targeting Potential Crypto Investors and Highlights the Threat of Malicious Crypto Miners in Africa

Kaspersky’s research shows that in some African countries, the threat of malicious crypto miners, remains prevalent

Since the beginning of 2021, Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.com) has detected more than 1,500 fraudulent global resources aimed at potential crypto investors or users who are interested in cryptocurrency mining. During this period, the company also prevented more than 70,000 user attempts globally, to visit such sites¹. The most common schemes used…

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29% of corporate users in Kenya experienced financial malware attacks in the first half of 2021

Simply put, organisations in Kenya have become susceptible to financial malware as more employees work outside the relative safety of the corporate network

Although Kaspersky’s (https://africa.Kaspersky.com) research shows that the overall number of financial malware attacks in Kenya has decreased in the first half of 2021, when compared to the same period in 2020, 29.3% of the 7 962 attacks recorded in the country targeted corporate users, which is a cause for concern,…