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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…

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The danger within: At least a quarter of users in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria are attacked by malware hiding within their devices

In 2020, 25% of Kaspersky private users in South Africa, 40% in Kenya and 38% in Nigeria were attacked by such threats

There is a common misconception that the most dangerous threats to encounter on modern users’ digital journeys are likely to appear during Internet surfing. The reality however, based on the most recent analysis of cyberattacks in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria within 2020 by Kaspersky experts demonstrates that users are…

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Kaspersky Security Bulletin: Economic uncertainty set to shape 2021 cybercrime agenda in Africa

Adding further pressure to this melting pot of cyberattacks is an expected rise, along with changes in strategy, in Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)

Kaspersky (https://africa.kaspersky.com/) experts expect growing economic turbulence along with the impact of COVID-19 to contribute to an increase in cybercrime across South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria this year. Growth in cybercrime “Even though every country globally has had to deal with the pandemic in its own way, developing economies across…

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One in 10 employees enjoy working from home in the nude

Speaking of the opportunities opened up by working from home in South Africa, 15% of respondents said they liked working without clothes

People working from home during the pandemic have discovered some guilty pleasures that they would now like to keep, according to a new global research (https://bit.ly/33OXnZC) commissioned by Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.com), which studied the behaviors of 8,000 SMB workers. Speaking of the opportunities opened up by working from home in South…

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Kaspersky warns of top IT security threats in Africa

In South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, APT groups are exploiting the current uncertainty around COVID-19 to steal sensitive information

Despite research showing an overall decrease in certain malware families and types in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in H1 2020 (36% decrease in South Africa, 26% decrease in Kenya and a 2.7% decrease in Nigeria), Kaspersky (https://africa.Kaspersky.com) stresses that the human cyber threat remains rife, where Africa is not immune to…