Tag: cyber security

Experts warn that Africa’s ‘next big threat’ is Cyber-crime

Experts warn that Africa’s ‘next big threat’ is Cyber-crime

Cyber Security, Internet
A recent cybersecurity report on Kenya says businesses are losing about $146m (£96m) every year to cyber-crime also  South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper reported that hackers launched 6,000 cyber-attacks against South African infrastructure, internet service providers (ISPs) and businesses in October alone. Bright Mawudor, a Ghanaian cybersecurity expert at Pukyong National University in South Korea, says that most African banks, government agencies and ISPs, in the face of competition, prioritise what their website can do and how fast new features can be released to the public. Security is an afterthought, he argues. "These websites are usually outsourced to software development companies who get pressured to deliver quickly," he says. "Something that should take about a m
JP Morgan Chase exposes largest ever data hack affecting 76 million households

JP Morgan Chase exposes largest ever data hack affecting 76 million households

Cyber Security
JP Morgan Chase, one of the largest banks in the US, said on Thursday that a massive computer hack affected the accounts of 76 million households and about seven million small businesses, making it one of the largest of its kind ever discovered. Reports the Guardian The attack was under way for a month before it was discovered in July, and when it was disclosed in August, the bank estimated that about one million accounts had been compromised. But the latest information revealed on Thursday showed the attack was vastly more serious than earlier thought. The bank said financial information was not compromised and that there had been no breach of login information such as account or social security numbers, passwords or dates of birth. However names, email addresses, phone numbers and addr...

Russia: Veto online Law to Restrict Online Freedom, Bloggers to use real names

Domains, Governance, Internet
Written by Human Rights Watch (Moscow) – Russia should not impose unjustified regulations on freedom of expression and privacy on the Internet, Human Rights Watch said today. A restrictive new law requires Russian bloggers with significant followings to register with the authorities and comply with the same regulations as media outlets. On April 22, 2014, Russia’s State Duma adopted amendments to counter-terrorism legislation, including a new law on “Internet users called bloggers.” The law requires bloggers with more than 3,000 daily visitors online to register with Roskomnadzor, the state body for media oversight. Once registered, bloggers will have the same legal constraints and responsibilities as mass media outlets, including verifying information for accuracy, indicating the mini
Africa’s CyberSecurity debate must involve all stakeholders: says Online Security Expert, Sophia Bekele

Africa’s CyberSecurity debate must involve all stakeholders: says Online Security Expert, Sophia Bekele

Business, Cyber Security, Governance, Internet, social media
Source: CIO East Africa The African Union’s Convention on the Establishment of a Credible Legal Framework for Cyber Security in Africa (AUCC) – which seeks to intensify the fight against cybercrime across Africa in light of rising incidences of cybercrime – has been the focus of debate recently. In view of this and to further shed light on online security issues in Africa, CIO East Africa sought the views of Ms Sophia Bekele, an internet security expert and international policy advisor over internet and ICT. Below are excerpts: 1. As regards the state of online freedom in Africa, what are the major issues surrounding online freedom of expression in Africa? What is the best way to empower users to stay safe online while protecting their freedom of expression?  Technology-wise, A

BitDefender identifies malicious bots on popular dating app Tinder

Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile, social media
Attack of the Tinder bots: 'malicious' download links found in dating app You might think you're chatting up an attractive human, but they could be a malware-toting algorithm. Called Alicia. Dating app Tinder is hugely popular around the world, with an estimated 4.2m daily users. Now those users are being warned that the service has been "invaded by bots" posing as humans. Security firm BitDefender has identified the bots, which pose as women to engage Tinder users in text-chat, before seeming to promote a mobile game called Castle Clash, posting a link to a website called Tinderverified.com which is not owned by or associated with Tinder. "The name of the URL gives the impression of an official page of the dating app and for extra legitimacy scammers also registered it on a rep...