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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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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…

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South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria saw Millions of Cyber Attacks in 2020 and the Year is not over yet

In South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) detections

Kaspersky (https://africa.Kaspersky.com) security solutions have reported on 28 million malware attacks in 2020 and 102 million detections of potentially unwanted programs (pornware, adware etc.) they have accounted for by the beginning of August 2020. These numbers show that it’s not only the malware that attacks users but also the “grey…

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The year of social distancing or social engineering? Phishing goes targeted and diversifies during COVID-19 outbreak with 2 million attacks in Q2 in Africa

Security solutions have detected 2,023,501 phishing attacks in South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria, Rwanda and Ethiopia

Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za) analysis has revealed that phishing attacks are becoming increasingly more targeted. A number of new tricks have also been found - from HR dismissal emails to attacks disguised as delivery notifications. As a result of such tendencies, security solutions have detected 2,023,501 phishing attacks in South Africa, Kenya,…

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Don’t push them: Unbidden push notifications plague is detected on 100,000 devices in a month in Africa

Egypt has become the most targeted country with 34,654 targeted users and 302,963 attacks

Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za.) analysis of threats prevented in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Egypt in May 2020 has demonstrated that in just a month 100,414 users in these countries were subjected to the unwanted push notification appearance. All in all, such notifications were prevented from appearing 727,162 times during…

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Over a third of banking malware attacks in 2019 targeted corporate users

Banking Trojans or ‘bankers’ are one of the most widespread tools for cybercriminals as they focus on stealing money

In 2019, 773,943 users of Kaspersky (www.Kaspersky.co.za) solutions globally were attacked by banking Trojans. Of those users, a third (35.1%) were in the corporate sector. African countries were affected too: almost every hundredth user (varying from 0,9 to 1%) in South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya was attacked by banking…

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It’s a match! More than 7,700 attacks by threats disguised as dating apps in Africa

The countries attacked most often were South Africa, accounting for 58% of all attacks in the region, Kenya (10%) and Nigeria (4%)

With Valentine’s Day approaching, singles and couples alike are under intensifying pressure to solidify their plans for this Friday. While choosing a right partner is a matter of paramount importance, there is another matter that should be treated with care. Kaspersky’s (www.Kaspersky.co.za) analysis has shown that within 2019 the region…

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Growth in Fintech Drives Growth in Cyberattacks

Africa’s Fintech ecosystem has surged 60% in the last two years and the continent’s Fintech firms have grown to 491 from 301 in 2017, with $132.8 million raised in 2018

Africa’s Fintech sector is booming! According to reports (http://bit.ly/2kqyD6q), Africa’s Fintech ecosystem has surged 60% in the last two years and the continent’s Fintech firms have grown to 491 from 301 in 2017, with $132.8 million raised in 2018, making last year the sector’s best year yet - and proving…

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The number of mobile malware attacks doubles in 2018, as cybercriminals sharpen their distribution strategies

Nigeria climbs from fifth place in 2017 to third in 2018

Four African countries made the list in terms of top 10 countries by share of users attacked by mobile malware; Nigeria climbs from fifth place in 2017 to third in 2018. Kaspersky Lab (www.Kaspersky.co.za) researchers have seen the number of attacks using malicious mobile software nearly double in just a…

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Africa & Middle East: Slingshot, the spy that came in from the router

So far, researchers have seen around 100 victims of Slingshot and its related modules, located in Kenya, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, Congo, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia and Tanzania

Kaspersky Lab (www.Kaspersky.co.za) researchers have uncovered a sophisticated threat used for cyber-espionage in the Middle East and Africa from at least 2012 until February 2018. The malware, which researchers have called ‘Slingshot’, attacks and infects victims through compromised routers and can run in kernel mode, giving it complete control over…