Cyber Security

Researchers discover AdultSwine Malware hiding on 60 Gaming Apps on Google Play

Researchers discover AdultSwine Malware hiding on 60 Gaming Apps on Google Play

Cyber Security, Mobile
Check Point Researchers have revealed a new and nasty malicious code on Google Play Store that hides itself inside roughly 60 game apps, several of which are intended used by children. According to Google Play’s data, the apps have been downloaded between 3 million and 7 million times. Dubbed ‘AdultSwine’, these malicious apps wreak havoc in three possible ways: 1. Displaying ads from the web that are often highly inappropriate and pornographic. 2. Attempting to trick users into installing fake ‘security apps’. 3. Inducing users to register to premium services at the user’s expense. In addition, the malicious code can move laterally within the infrastructure of the phone, opening the door for other attacks such as user credential theft. How It Works Once the infected app is
2017 Shows Increase in Businesses Attacked by Phishing Scams

2017 Shows Increase in Businesses Attacked by Phishing Scams

Cyber Security
Hackers are finding new and sophisticated ways of conning hard working people in South Africa out of their money with cunning online scams. A website dedicated to scams across South Africa highlighted how new scams are being reported every day, with tax phishing emails among the most popular phishing emails received. One recent scam is that of a holiday letting company. The report explains, “They post ads on gumtree for holiday accommodation. Beautiful beach front houses to rent at low costs. Everything is always available. Once you start emailing back and forth they send you a lease agreement with blank spaces and expect you to just sign at the bottom.” People then part with their money only to find everything is a scam and there are no holiday villas available (or even in existence!)
How to avoid commercial identity theft

How to avoid commercial identity theft

Business, Cyber Security
The recent data breach where a wide range of sensitive information was revealed to be available on millions of South African consumers should be a wake-up call to businesses. This is according to Frank Knight, CEO of credit management company Debtsource, who says all South African businesses, regardless of size, must be more vigilant about any documentation, print or electronic, containing financial or personal information. “It is more lucrative for criminals to target businesses, rather than individuals, when it comes to perpetrating identity theft scams as the pay-off in a commercial environment is significantly higher as normal lines of trade credit are usually much more than those granted in a consumer environment. These facts have not been lost on local fraudsters,” he says. Glob
Nigeria loses N127 billion to cybercrime

Nigeria loses N127 billion to cybercrime

Cyber Security
Dr Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, on Monday 6 November 2017 revealed that Nigeria has lost about N127 billion to cybercrime. He made the revelation at Nigeria’s first Legislative Stakeholders Conference on ICT and Cyber security in Abuja. Saraki, who was represented by Philip Aduda Saraki, Senate Minority Whip did not, however, highlight the exact period within which the nation lost such an amount to cyber crime. He said the loss was indicative of the hole created in the economy by cybercrime amounting to 0.08 per cent of the Gross Domestic product (GDP). “It is indeed ironic that while internet penetration in Nigeria is tentative at best, hovering at just over the 90 million people mark, a percentage of 47.7 per cent, internet-facilitated crime seems to be growing. Our cyb
Tech Internet Solutions launches advisory arm to help firms in Kenya mitigate cyber risk

Tech Internet Solutions launches advisory arm to help firms in Kenya mitigate cyber risk

Cyber Security
Businesses have invested in too many solutions that work well on their own but don’t offer efficient security; exposing them to unforeseen risks, to fill this gap, Internet Solutions Kenya has introduced an enterprise security solution to help enterprises mitigate, secure and ensure continuity for businesses. Dubbed the Proactive cyber security solution, the suite will enable businesses to ramp up their cyber security landscape through creating a safer and more secure cyberspace, establishing a coordinated approach to the prevention of cyber crime, ensuring operational compliance, skills development, business resilience and training. According to Dr. Bright G. Mawudor – Hea of Cyber Security at Internet Solutions, “The question for most businesses today is not what if a cyber-attack oc