Cyber Security

Cyber attacks in Kenya rose to 11.2 million in first quarter, CA Report

Cyber attacks in Kenya rose to 11.2 million in first quarter, CA Report

Business, Cyber Security
Kenyan organisations were hit by about 11.2 million cyber threats, being a 10.1 percent increase in the number of incidences, in the first three months of 2019 when compared to the previous quarter. This is according to fresh Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) data indicating that its incident response centre detected growing cases of malware, web application attacks, system misconfiguration and online abuse. CA’s cyber intelligence team consequently issued 14,078 cyber threat advisories to the affected organisations, an increase from the 12,138 alerts during the previous period. Cyber security threats are estimated to have cost Kenya’s economy about Sh29.5 billion, a recent report by tech consultancy firm Serianu said. The rise in cyber threats has forced firms, especially
e-commerce websites running Magento are at high risk of cybercrime

e-commerce websites running Magento are at high risk of cybercrime

Cyber Security
New research has found 87% of SME websites using the Magento platform are currently at high risk from cyber attacks. By contrast, under 10% of websites using other major e-commerce platforms surveyed register in the same high risk category. Foregenix analysed nearly 9 million websites worldwide, including over two million in Europe. 200,000 of sites surveyed worldwide use Magento (and companies using Magento 2 were also covered in the research). The analysis carried out in April and May, further revealed the proportion of Magento websites at high risk has increased from just under 80% from research carried out in October last year. Other findings show the percentage of SME sites using Magento being at high risk is lower in Europe compared to North America. Europe, which accounts f...
UK cybersecurity official says China’s Huawei needs to raise its “shoddy” security standards

UK cybersecurity official says China’s Huawei needs to raise its “shoddy” security standards

Cyber Security, Governance, Internet
China’s Huawei Technologies needs to raise its “shoddy” security standards which fall below rivals, a senior British cyber security official said on Thursday, as the company came under increasing pressure internationally. The US has led allegations that Huawei’s equipment can be used by Beijing for espionage operations, with Washington urging allies to bar the company from 5G networks. British officials have also raised concerns about security issues but said they can manage the risks and have seen no evidence of spying. Huawei has repeatedly denied the allegations against it. “Huawei as a company builds stuff very differently to their Western counterparts. Part of that is because of how quickly they’ve grown up, part of it could be cultural – who knows,” said Ian
Huawei phone users will be ‘significantly impacted’ by the latest Google block

Huawei phone users will be ‘significantly impacted’ by the latest Google block

Cyber Security, Mobile
Huawei users have been warned they will be “significantly impacted” by Google restricting the Chinese firm’s access to its Android software. The block is the result of an executive order from US President Donald Trump last week which prevents “foreign adversaries” from accessing US technology without government approval. Industry expert Tristan Rayner, senior editor with the Android Authority news website, said the block means security updates to Huawei phones from Google will stop, and that buying a Huawei phone is now a “real risk”. “Existing Huawei device owners will be significantly impacted,” he said. Whether it’s someone with a brand new Huawei P30 Pro, which was unveiled last month, or the owner of an older Huawei Mate device that’s a few years old, it’s now clear that the
It’s time to break up Facebook opines co-founder Chris Hughes

It’s time to break up Facebook opines co-founder Chris Hughes

Business, Cyber Security, Governance, Internet, Mobile, social media
Chris Hughes helped Mark Zuckerberg transform Facebook from a dorm-room project into a real business. Now, he's calling for the company to be broken up. In a lengthy opinion piece published Thursday by the New York Times, Hughes says that Zuckerberg has "unchecked power" and influence "far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government." It's time, he writes, for regulators to break up Facebook (FB). "Mark is a good, kind person. But I'm angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks," writes Hughes. "I'm disappointed in myself and the early Facebook team for not thinking more about how the News Feed algorithm could change our culture, influence elections and empower nationalist leaders," he continues. "And I'm worrie...