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New security threats invade Africa in 2010

January 25, 2010 • Security

Internet threats this year are set to skyrocket due to increased internet activity in the East Africa region. This is as a result of the linkage to two undersea fibre optic cables in 2009.

“Until recently, cybercriminals did not focus on African users because of the slow Internet connection links. However, with the landing of Seacom, this is set to change and African IT managers must be prepared for it”, said Gary Kondakov, Kapersky Lab MD.

The new trend indicates a shifting from attacks generated from infected websites and applications, to those produced from file sharing networks. Last year, Kapersky reported malicious files spread via Torrent portals.
Fake antivirus programs, so popular in 2009, will see a decline due to increasing monitoring by security companies and law enforcement.

“The fake antivirus market has now been saturated and the profits for cybercriminals have fallen”, said Kapersky Lab report.

This year, attacks on web services will increase, including spam sending, pishing attacks and malware.
“Malware will become much more sophisticated in 2010 and many antivirus programs will be slow to treat infected computers due to advanced file infection methods and rootkit technologies”, explained the director of Kaspersky Lab’s global research and analysis team, Alex Gostev.

He added that IT security companies in the future would have to develop complex protection tools, but in the meantime the viruses would remain immune to antivirus programs.

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