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38% of industrial computers were under attack in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region in January-September 2022, more attacks expected to come

During the three quarters of 2022 in the META region, ICS computers in the oil and gas sector faced attacks most often

From January to September 2022, computers in the industrial control systems (ICS) environment were attacked using multiple means. In the META region, malicious objects were blocked on 38% of ICS computers in the region that were protected by Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za) solutions, according to Kaspersky ICS CERT statistics. Globally the share…

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Digital life deserves complete protection: Kaspersky announces new and reimagined consumer product portfolio

Kaspersky has reimagined its consumer protection “beyond AV” and laid out its new approach and evolutionary vision for the upcoming years

Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za) has announced availability of its new, simplified consumer solutions portfolio, available on a subscription basis. Along with a new range of brand names, the reinvented product line brings an enhanced user interface and experience across multiple platforms. It also introduces a variety of features covering each category of…

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Kaspersky expands its Cyber Immune offering for Internet of things (IoT) protection with new Kaspersky IoT Secure Gateway 1000

According to Kaspersky Telemetry, from January to September 2022 there were 67,000 infected IoT devices in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, which were responsible for 11 million attacks

Kaspersky IoT Secure Gateway 1000 is the company’s latest Cyber Immune product for organisations embracing digital transformation, helping them to accelerate business value from new streams of industrial data. The gateway connects IoT devices and controllers with business applications and cloud platforms. It then ensures the security of these interactions…

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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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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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South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria see a decrease of ordinary threats, yet experience a massive increase of targeted malware schemes

The reason for such a change was the introduction and popularisation of new cybercrime models in the region, with cybercrime tools becoming more targeted

According to Kaspersky’s (https://Kaspersky.co.za/) latest research on the threat landscape trends, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria are facing a dramatic change in the threat landscape. While regular, self-propagating malware is decreasing dramatically, as it is no longer effective and cannot fly under security radars, the region will see the growth…

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The number of malicious URLs recently detected by Kaspersky threatening Kenyan and Nigerian Internet users reaches 6.5 million combined

More than 30 million web threats were seen across South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria combined between April – June 2021

While the number of attacks from online resources (known as web threats) blocked by Kaspersky (https://Kaspersky.co.za/) in Kenya and Nigeria combined for the second quarter of 2021 decreased to 14.9 million from the 16.4 million blocked in the first quarter of the year, the number of unique malicious URLs detected…

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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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Malware attacks in Africa are increasing, reaching 85 million in only 6 months

Overall, 4 countries account for 85 million attacks, with South Africa being the most targeted

Kaspersky (https://africa.Kaspersky.com) research highlights that malware is rife across Africa with various countries exhibiting strong growth in all malware types in the first half of 2021, when compared to the same period last year. This is a 5% increase in the region, as cybercriminals and hackers continue to focus on African…

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Cyberattacks in Africa comparable to other parts of the globe, says Kaspersky

Kaspersky research shows that in 2020, worldwide, approximately 10% of computers experienced at least one malware attack

With digital transformation a top priority on the corporate agenda as companies identify new ways to grow their business, cyber attackers and opportunist cybercriminals remain very active. And although Africa is not necessarily considered a focus area for the more sophisticated types of cybercriminal activity such as targeted attacks or…