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One of the most common forms of cyberthreats designed to collect personal information from a user’s device is mobile adware. This is because roughly 4 billion people are connected to the Internet via their smartphone. Despite the adoption of mobile devices, companies rarely prioritize mobile security. Check Point’s Cyber Security Report 2020 shows that in […]
Credence Security — a leading regional distributor of specialised solutions in cybersecurity, forensics, governance, risk and compliance — has announced a new partnership with award-winning global endpoint and perimeter-protection vendor ESET to cover Southern Africa. In selecting a partner to expand its footprint in southern Africa, ESET was attracted to Credence Security’s regional reach as […]
It could be assumed that cybercriminals around the globe are having good days at the office right now. This is partly because vast elements of the corporate world are no longer based mainly at their own offices, as large populations of the global village enter into voluntary or government-enforced lockdowns. “The bid to lessen the […]
On May 12, 2017, the largest ransomware epidemic in history, WannaCry, reached its peak. Three years later, this and other ransomware threats are still affecting people and companies. Recent Kaspersky research has revealed that in 2019, WannaCry kept its position at the top of the most prevalent ransomware families, while almost a third (30%) of […]
The 100 Days of Coronavirus report – published by Mimecast – shows that the volume of malicious and opportunistic cybercrime has increased significantly by 33% in the period January to March 2020. The new report has found that in the period January to March 2020 monthly volumes of: Spam and opportunistic cybercrime detections increased by […]
With millions working from home, the COVID-19 pandemic has seen the global usage of VPN demand swell. Demand for commercial VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) in the US jumped by 41% between 13 March and 23 March according to research from Top10VPN.com, a VPN research and testing company in the U.K. Network World writes that VPNs […]
If cybercrime were a country, it would have the 13th highest gross domestic product (GDP) in the world, with large multi-national operations earning more than US$1 billion annually. This is according to the recently-released 2H 2019 NETSCOUT Threat Intelligence Report, which says that this gives cybercriminals plenty of motivation to continue unleashing an onslaught of […]
Zoom is planning to roll out additional security features this week in order to prevent the highly unwelcome ‘zoombombing’ that has plagued the platform in recent months. This comes after the app suffered under the microscope of cybersecurity experts and even legal authorities as its explosion in popularity exposed its steep and cavernous holes in […]
For the last few weeks, much has changed in our lives. People have been urged to only leave home if it is absolutely necessary, such as to shop for essential items or to seek medical care. However, there are plenty of technologies available to help us maintain the usual rhythm of our daily lives. For […]
In terms of risk versus reward, cybercrime is a highly lucrative industry. Research from Atlas VPN suggests that cyberattacks generate more than $1.5 trillion in revenue each year, and this figure is growing. This indicates that incidents of cybercrime are on the increase globally, and South Africa is no exception. In fact, South Africa has […]
When it comes to doing business from home, apart from Telegram which is planning to move into the video chat space, the most immediate threat to the sector dominance of Zoom is Microsoft Teams. This should come as no great surprise as the number of daily active users on Microsoft’s service leapt from 44-million to […]
Researchers from online safety company, Kaspersky recently discovered a series of spam and phishing attacks seeking to exploit the Coronavirus pandemic by targeting people who are waiting on packages. These scammers often pose as delivery service employees saying that a package has arrived, but to receive it, the potential victim must read or confirm the […]
According to new estimates, from Atlas VPN, damages caused by cybercrime are expected to reach more than $27-billion by 2025. According to new estimates, damages caused by cybercrime are expected to reach more than $27-billion by 2025. Click To Tweet Throughout the last 6-years, cybercrime damages increased by an average of 37,44% per year. Atlas […]
As data breaches continue to make their way into the public news cycle, individuals and organizations alike are looking for ways to protect their financial and personal information. When it comes to this type of threat, two things are known to be true – the cost of a data breach is very high and so […]
There is a newly unearthed bug in the built-in Mail app for iPhones that could allow an attacker to read, modify and delete emails, say researchers. According to The Guardian, Apple says it will patch this vulnerability in the next version of iOS – 13.4.5 – and that users of the beta software are already […]
According to data compiled and analyzed by Atlas VPN, hackers attacked businesses more than 22 million times during the last week worldwide. Over 63% of these hacking attempts were malware attacks. Hackers attacked businesses more than 22 million times during the last week worldwide. Over 63% of these hacking attempts were malware attacks. Click To Tweet […]
With social distancing and quarantine measures implemented around the globe, people quickly started searching for effective means of communicating with each other. With its reported ease of use and attractive pricing, Zoom quickly rose in popularity. With so much use, Zoom’s flaws came rapidly to light. The company handled the tremendous increase in workload seamlessly […]
When it comes to phishing attacks, cybercriminals often try to imitate the official website of a well-known brand – they do this by using a similar domain name or URL and web-page design to the genuine site. The link to the fake website can be sent to targeted individuals by email or text message, a […]
Scammers are known to strike at times of crisis; this is usually when people and businesses are at their most vulnerable. Now more than ever, it is not advisable for South Africans to only rely on the law to protect their confidential information, as there are a number of unscrupulous operators out there and various […]
In South Africa, 75% of CEOs stated that the increasing complexity of cyber threats is shaping their businesses. This is according to the PwC 23rd Annual CEO Survey 2020 which also highlights the growing public concern over data privacy and vulnerabilities in supply chains and business partners. However, with most businesses working from home to […]
The profitability of deploying ransomware has led to an explosion of disastrous attacks on companies and institutions such as Boeing, Honda, Telefónica, San Francisco’s MTA, the UK’s National Health Service, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, and entire cities, such as Atlanta. The unfortunate usual outcome of these attacks is that the ransomware is only removed once […]
While the national lockdown should go a long way to slowing the spread of COVID-19 across the country, the fact that many housebound South Africans are spending more time than usual on their digital devices means it’s more important than ever before to protect yourself from the risks of computer viruses and cybercrime. “Hackers and […]
The worldwide COVID-19 outbreak has caused thousands of people to merge their working and home lives. Making the transition slightly easier has been video conferencing platform, Zoom. Zoom has seen an unprecedented surge in users over the last few months as employees navigate virtual offices from the comfort of their homes. However, what seemed like […]
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the world, malicious cyber-attackers are seeking to take advantage of the situation by launching new coronavirus-related attacks. And according to the World Health Organization (WHO) CISO, Flavio Aggio, those attacks have more than doubled amid the crisis. “Cybercriminals have long used crisis situations to further their own agendas, and […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has been cause for alarm across the world in recent months – from disrupting global economies and international trade relations to perpetuating the largest work-from-home migration. In the wake of this outbreak, fake news has wreaked havoc as people try to decipher what’s real and what’s fiction. Unsurprisingly, a number of fraudsters […]
Known as ‘Kamiti Boys’, these criminals are taking advantage of Kenya’s blistering adoption of digital banking, reports The Nation. They do this by rushing callers with information and words in order to keep them on the line long enough to buy their story and gain their trust. They then trick victims into providing mobile banking […]
Researchers at Check Point have identified an auto-clicker malware family operating within Google’s Play Store, via BetaNews. The malware known as Tekya commits mobile ad fraud by imitating the actions of a user, clicking ads and banners from ad agencies like Google’s AdMob, AppLovin, Facebook and Unity. It was found disguised in over 56 apps […]
The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused significant disruption to businesses and a degree of panic within the employee community. Companies across the globe are activating contingency and business continuity plans and are allowing employees to work from home to limit the spread of the virus. In a new reality where millions of people are working […]
The global COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted world economies and international travel relations, leaving thousands of people practising self-isolation and social distancing. Amidst all the uncertainty, a number of industries have turned the worldwide disaster into a time of unprecedented growth. Here’s a quick look at three industries benefiting from the coronavirus outbreak: 1. Robots and […]
Kaspersky researchers have found a new sample of stalkerware – commercial software that is usually used to secretly monitor users’ partners or colleagues – which has functionality that supersedes all previously found software. Named MonitorMinor, this software enables stalkers to covertly access any data and track activity on devices they are surveying, as well as […]
The global panic about COVID-19 has everyone desperately searching for any morsel of new information about the virus. Adding to the chaos, cybercriminals are now using fake news about the outbreak to attract victims to infect with their malware, via Business Insider. Hackers are circulating a fake dashboard that shows maps tracking the spread of […]
In a digital environment complexified by the convergence between mobile services and the Internet, States face increasing risks in terms of digital security. Cyberattacks, identity theft, viruses, piracy, fake news… Confronted with a long list of threats, public authorities must adopt the means to fight these scourges. While digital security and cybersecurity are everyone’s concern, […]
African Internet users, be they on their smartphones or desktops, are constantly at heightened risks for online attacks by cybercriminals. Cybercriminals are a desperate and innovative sort. For all of their faults, it can never be said that those that write and distribute malware do not think outside the box, or that they do not […]
Which?, a consumer watchdog, has found that more than 1 billion Android devices are potentially vulnerable to attack – simply because they are running an older version of the OS. My Broadband reports that researchers found 40% of Android users are no longer receiving security updates. This puts their devices at risk of data theft, […]
New information concerning the Nedbank data breach have emerged detailing the lax security at the 3rd party facility where the hack originated, reports My Broadband. Last month, IT News Africa covered the leak and the subsequent new information revealed by Nedbank’s CEO about the hack. The Nedbank Data Breach Computer Facilities, the 3rd party provider […]
Ransomware made headlines in 2019 with several high-profile attacks causing significant service disruption. Some of the most notable ransomware attacks which caused lengthy outages at City of Johannesburg and Johannesburg City Power. The main takeaway from this is that ransomware is on the rise and big businesses are all attractive targets. The key to dealing […]
The question of online privacy remains one of the Internets most controversial. Harkening back between crusades to stamp out user control in favour of super-corp power, to initiatives in making the internet safer for users and their children, we can see that as many people want their online privacy, many also fear what that privacy […]
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The Android version of WhatsApp is looking to get a new security feature which will allow users to protect their message backups, reports My Broadband via WABetaInfo. The feature is currently in its Alpha stage of development. WhatsApp currently allows users to back up their chats, media and contacts automatically to their Google Drive. This […]
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While the fourth quarter of 2019 saw a decrease in total malware volume, a key global trend also unfolding within the period was the use of macro-enabled documents for malware delivery. This is according to Cofense, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defence solutions, which recently released its Q4 2019 Malware Trends Report, giving insight […]
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Back in the day, the theft and loss of backup tapes and laptops were a primary cause of data breaches. That all changed when systems were redesigned and data at rest was encrypted on portable devices. Not only did we use technology to mitigate a predictable human problem, but we also increased the tolerance of […]
African countries, including Botswana, Kenya, and South Africa, were surveyed in 2019 to determine their preparedness to face threats from cybercrime by KnowBe4, an international security awareness training company. The study found that 53% of all Africans surveyed think that trusting emails from people they know is good enough to preclude them from security threats. […]
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A WordPress plugin, the ThemeGrill Importer, which has over 200,000 active installations and can be used to import ThemeGrill official themes, demo content, widgets and theme instantly with a click. In version 1.3.4 and above, as well as versions 1.6.1 and below of ThemeGrill exists a security vulnerability that can allow any unauthenticated user to […]
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Last week we covered the Nedbank client data hack in which 1.7 million Nedbank clients may have had their personal and private data leaked to the public. The leak emanated from a security breach at Computer Services, a third-party service provider that issues SMS and email marketing on behalf of the bank. The breach had […]
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Behind technology, there are always humans, so any technology or cybersecurity tool used in business is impossible to apply without professionals. And there is no denying that a shortage of talent is a constant challenge in cybersecurity, with a gap of almost three million positions in the industry workforce globally. Andrey Evdokimov, Head of Information […]
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Nedbank is contacting clients who have been directly affected by a data breach at a company that sends out SMSs and emails on Nedbank’s behalf. 1.7-million Nedbank clients have had that their names, ID numbers, telephone numbers, physical addresses, and email addresses. While this information may have been released, Nedbank says that no Nedbank systems […]
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Google continues to increase methods in policing its own app platform by cracking down on malicious app installations. My Broadband reports that their new policies have just recently seen a huge decline in the number of Play Store apps that abuse permissions to access users’ personal information. Google has shared its efforts to fight bad […]
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With Valentine’s day around the corner and fast approaching, everyone is looking for love – instead, they may find an online virus that is stealing their money. Ain’t that a kick in the head? Antivirus gurus Kaspersky say that while choosing the right partner for a romantic night out is of paramount importance, there is […]
Outsourcing is a global trend and cybersecurity is no exception. According to Gartner, the managed security service market grew by 6.7% in 2018, reaching $10.7 billion in revenue and is expected to grow further. Both service providers and vendors contribute to this market by offering their customers expertise, intelligence or solutions as a service. Advantages […]
Google has announced a fund of $1 million for Google.org to support new and innovative ideas in the sphere of privacy, trust and safety in order to make online access across sub-Saharan Africa safer for families, and especially children. The ‘Be Internet Awesome programme’ is being launched in South Africa, Nigeria and the Netherlands on […]
Facebook is partnering with nine non-profit organisations and government agencies throughout sub-Saharan Africa to raise awareness about Internet safety and security for Safer Internet Day, celebrated on 11 February with the theme “Together for a better Internet”. The partners Facebook is working with this year include: Digify Africa, South Africa Phambano Technology Development Centre NPC, […]