Home Internet Kaspersky analysis of cyberattacks in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria within 2020

Kaspersky analysis of cyberattacks in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria within 2020

There is a common misconception that the most dangerous threats to encounter on modern users’ digital journeys are likely to appear during Internet surfing. The reality however, based on the most recent analysis of cyberattacks in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria within 2020 by Kaspersky experts demonstrates that users are in fact more likely to face malware related attacks hidden within their devices.

Such threats are classified as ‘local’, which means they are detected either on users’ devices or on portable data storage devices, such as flash drives. In 2020, 25% of Kaspersky private users in South Africa, 40% in Kenya and 38% in Nigeria were attacked by such threats. To provide a comparison, web attacks only affected 9% of users in South Africa, 11% in Kenya and 8% in Nigeria.

When looking at corporate users in these regions, the numbers are similar: 23% of corporate users in South Africa, 29% in Kenya and 35% in Nigeria encountered such local threats within 2020.

Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the sophistication of such threats – which may be hiding on the user’s device within a seemingly legitimate file for a while, to fly under the radar, and only strike later.

“The cyber threat landscape across Africa is constantly evolving,” says Denis Parinov, a cybersecurity expert at Kaspersky. “A few years ago, there were much more drive-by attacks – cases when different malicious software is downloaded and being run while the user simply browses the Internet.

Nowadays, most of the web-threats “stays in browser”: they specialise in content replacement, browser locking or clickjacking, online-skimming, cookie stuffing, etc. Now the situation when a user could download a malicious file directly is not too often. It’s more common for a malware to be disguised as something else to hide from the security solutions, remaining an unseen threat to users. The good news however is that modern security solutions are too advanced for such malware to fly under radars – it is more likely to be blocked either during the initial scan of the file by a security solution that happens by default, or within the very moment such programs attempt to launch.”

Kaspersky
Denis Parinov, a cybersecurity expert at Kaspersky

How to protect against Cyber threats?

To protect against cyber threats including malware, Kaspersky recommends keeping to the following guidelines:

  • Do not follow dubious links from letters, messages in instant messengers or SMS
  • Regularly install updates for the operating system and applications
  • Install applications only from official stores
  • Use complex and different passwords for accounts
  • Regularly copy important data from your device to the cloud, to a USB flash drive or hard drive
  • Do not give applications access to those functions that they do not need
  • Install a reliable security solution such as Kaspersky Internet Security

In addition, companies are encouraged to provide training to improve cyber literacy among their employees. For example, the automated platform Kaspersky ASAP helps to develop safe behaviour skills and form sustainable cybersecurity habits. The solution allows the company to assess the current knowledge of an employee in the field of cybersecurity, and in accordance with this, determine the set of skills that the employee needs, depending on job duties and risk profile, and build a timetable for the program.

About Kaspersky

Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Kaspersky’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into innovative security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe.

The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky technologies and we help 250,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more here

Related article: Protect your web browsers from social engineering attacks, Abdulrazaq Ameen Techspecialistg

Ndaman Joshua Olayinkahttp://www.yinksmedia.com
Tech Zealot and Passionate about writing everything concerning it. I support Arsenal.

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Binance set to launch a Groundbreaking NFT Marketplace, Binance NFT in June 2021

Binance, the worlds biggest bitcoin exchange and altcoin crypto exchange in the world by volume is set to launch Binance NFT, the...

Infinix Launches All-New Hot 10T with 48mp triple camera, MediaTek Helio G70 Gaming Processor

Infinix today unveiled the all-new Hot 10T Seriesthe highly anticipated gaming and entertainment smartphone addition to the Hot 10 portfolio. The Infinix Hot 10T...

Dangote Cement to pay N40.39 bn in Corporate Tax

Nigeria’s Dangote Cement Plc is expected to pay a total of N40.39 billion in taxation to the nation’s treasury from its operational...

Discover the “New wave of Nigerian cinema”: a new stylistic approach and aesthetic are emerging in Nigerian cinema

The organisers of NollywoodWeek film festival, have shared that this year’s online edition will showcase films that hint at the emergence of...

Recent Comments