Tag: cyber security

Hackers Can Steal Your Passwords by Monitoring SmartPhone Sensors

Hackers Can Steal Your Passwords by Monitoring SmartPhone Sensors

Cyber Security, Mobile
An average smartphone these days is packed with a wide array of sensors such as GPS, Camera, microphone, accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity, gyroscope, pedometer, and NFC. According to a team of UK scientists , hackers can potentially guess PINs and passwords – that you enter either on a bank website, app, your lock screen – to a surprising degree of accuracy by monitoring your phone's sensors, like the angle and motion of your phone while you are typing. The danger comes due to the way malicious websites and apps access most of a smartphone's internal sensors without requesting any permission to access them – doesn't matter even if you are accessing a secure website over HTTPS to enter your password.  Smartphone apps usually ask your permissions to grant them access to sensors lik
Microsoft to block malicious links in Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Microsoft to block malicious links in Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Cyber Security, Technology
Microsoft has confirmed that at some time later this month, it will roll out a new security feature for some of its desktop apps for Office 365 ProPlus subscribers. Microsoft’s Advanced Threat Protection Safe Links feature, which protects its users from carelessly clicking over malicious links, is now being incorporated into Excel, PowerPoint and Word. Microsoft has already incorporated this safety feature in the desktop and mobile versions of its Outlook email client, and now some Microsoft’s most distinguished productivity apps are about to get it. After this feature has been installed, every time a user tries to follow a link having malicious content, a warning page is displayed in front instead of taking them directly to that location. After this, it is on users will if he wan
Cybersecurity among key agenda items at Connected Summit 2017

Cybersecurity among key agenda items at Connected Summit 2017

Technology
Cybersecurity will be one of the main agenda items of the Connected Summit 2017. This follows the rapid rise of cybercrime as hackers increasingly target the Kenyan digital economy amidst continued proliferation of financial technology and internet banking. Speaking when he received sponsorship cheques totaling to Kshs 17 million from players in the ICT sector, Robert Mugo, the ICT Authority (ICT-A) CEO noted that new financial transactions platforms come with a new risk profile that has necessitated stakeholders in the financial technology space to focus on balancing innovation with prudent risk management. Deliberations from the forum, will then help the country map a future of economic prosperity using ICTs based solutions, as well as review achievements and lessons learnt in bo
Kaspersky Warns Against Lazarus Hackers as Nigeria among Targets

Kaspersky Warns Against Lazarus Hackers as Nigeria among Targets

Technology
Kaspersky  has urged all organisations to carefully scan their networks for the presence of Lazarus malware samples and, if detected, to disinfect their systems and report the intrusion to law enforcement and incident response teams. The warning was follow up to the results of Kaspersky more-than-year-long investigation into the activity of Lazarus – a notorious group of hackers allegedly responsible for the theft of 81 million dollars from the Central Bank of Bangladesh in 2016. A report from an investigation carried by Kaspersky Lab found that from December 2015, malware samples relating to Lazarus group activity appeared in financial institutions, casinos software developers for investment companies and crypto-currency businesses from various countries, with five from Africa. T
ESET Partners with Kenyan University to fight Cybercrime

ESET Partners with Kenyan University to fight Cybercrime

Cyber Security
Internet security company ESET East Africa has partnered with Kenya’s Strathmore University to set up a research and cyber-security operations centre (SOC) in Kenya. The Country Manager ESET East Africa, said the company will explore joint opportunities with like-minded partners and contribute assets in developing innovative cybercrime solutions targeting both blue chip businesses and Small and Medium Enterprises over the next one year. ESET East Africa he said has signed a memorandum of understanding (M.O.U) with the @iLabAfrica centre of the Strathmore University aimed at enhancing the fight against cybercrime in Kenya. Through this M.O.U, ESET said it will support Strathmore University’s current academic programs on cyber-security, through collaborative research and benchmarking approa