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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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Near 33 million cyberthreats target users and organisations combined in Kenya

Hasbini says that the current trends show that attackers around the world are embracing more sophisticated methods to compromise systems and data

The increase in cyberthreats recorded* by Kaspersky (Kaspersky.co.za) in the first half of this year in Kenya amounted to 32.8 million. Compared to similarly prominently targeted countries in the African region the recorded number was on par with South Africa accounting for 31.5 million, and near double the number recorded…

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Kaspersky blocks more than 30 000 mobile malware attacks combined in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa in just 6-months

The top three most prevalent malware behaviours that Kaspersky has seen in Kenya and Nigeria are Trojans, Trojan-Downloaders; and Trojan-Droppers

Out of the more than 206 000 mobile malware attacks blocked by Kaspersky (https://africa.Kaspersky.com) solutions for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region in just 6-months measured, between January to June 2021, over 30 000 of these attacks combined originated from Nigeria (14 071), Kenya (10 697), and South Africa (5 499). Significantly, for…

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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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Mobile threats not to be taken lightly: One out of every 100 mobile users in Kenya and Nigeria affected by Stalkerware

Kaspersky’s analysis of mobile threats in 2020 shows that in Kenya 7% of users were affected by malware, and 13% by adware

With Kaspersky (africa.Kaspersky.com) research showing that stalkerware affected one out of every 100 mobile users in Kenya and Nigeria in 2020 and malware every four out of 100 in South Africa, consumers must remain vigilant when it comes to their online activities if they are to keep themselves safe from…

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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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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…

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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…