Tag: malware

Apple PC no longer Immune to hacks

Apple PC no longer Immune to hacks

Cyber Security, Technology
The fairy tale is over  for Mac computers. The position that Apple’s Macs were immune to attacks and therefore did not need anti-virus or other defenses has finally been shattered. Those of us in the security industry have been preaching this for years. Check Point researchers have discovered an email-phishing campaign in Europe that is specifically targeting Mac users. The trojan is the first of its kind for Apple computers, and it phishes for credentials by displaying full-screen alerts that claim there’s an urgent OS X update waiting to be installed. Once it has the keys to the castle, OSX/Dok makes the changes it needs to spy on a victim's web browsing. First it gives administrator privileges to whoever's currently logged in. That allows additional password prompts to be bypass
Malware study shows people still falling for old tricks

Malware study shows people still falling for old tricks

Cyber Security
Ransomware, or apps that encrypt user’s data and then demand them to pay a ransom for a decryption key, have become a big business. According to the State of Malware Report 2017, in January 2016, ransomware constituted 18% of all malware delivered by email or through exploits of existing software. By November 2016, it had climbed to 66%, which the report labels “an unprecedented domination of the threat landscape. However, that’s not the depressing part of this report. Malwarebytes still sees a lot of malware getting on computers via in email attachments, many of which are Microsoft (MSFT) Office  attachments with embedded macros whose code will attack your computer. Those techniques date back to the days of dial-up internet, when Office was much more lenient about running macros
Five African Nations Acquire Prominence for Cyber Attacks

Five African Nations Acquire Prominence for Cyber Attacks

Cyber Security
Five African countries made it to the list of ten most affected nations by cyber attacks in 2016 Checklist  reports indicated. This was when cyber-criminals increasingly launched ransomware assaults with Cryptowall and Locky ransomware strains that destruct up to half the data. The index of potential threat that CheckPoint has computed is on the back of threat intelligence the security company obtained from a mapping exercise it did in ThreatCloud World Cyber Threat Map that traces cyber-assaults' mode and place of execution globally within real time. As evident from the study, the Locky ransomware disseminates chiefly through spam mails having one downloader camouflaging certain Zip/Word file attached to the e-mails. This downloader pulls down and plants the malware design
Global Cybersecurity Firm Launches Solution to Protect Kids in Kenya

Global Cybersecurity Firm Launches Solution to Protect Kids in Kenya

Cyber Security, Uncategorized
Kaspersky Lab has launched a security solution package in Kenya that helps parents keep their families safe from cybercrimes and uphold cybersecurity. Users can now protect their private information from being stolen during an unsafe Internet connection thanks to a new feature called Secure Connection. The new function encrypts all data sent and received through the network, allowing users to connect to the Internet safely when performing financial operations, authorization on sites, or transferring confidential information. According to Managing Director for Kaspersky Lab Africa, Riaan Badenhorst, an increasing number of African children are spending more time online using social media, playing games, or communicating with their friends. Badenhorst notes that the continent’s
Cybercriminals target African countries with ransomware

Cybercriminals target African countries with ransomware

Cyber Security, Internet
Africa’s efforts to tackle cybercrimes are gaining momentum as cyber criminals targets the it with ransomware. Check Point has revealed that five African nations were among the top 10 most-attacked countries in November as cybercriminals made increasing use of ransomware attacks using the Locky and Cryptowall viruses. In its monthly Global Threat Index, a ranking of the most prevalent malware families attacking organisations' networks, Check Point noted a 10% increase in the number of attacks using Locky and Cryptowall and found both the number of active malware families and number of attacks remained close to an all-time high as the number of attacks on business networks continued to be relentless. Generally, African governments have not been fans of social media. Accordin