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Vulnerability found in popular energy equipment

June 27, 2016 • East Africa, Gadgets and Gaming, Mining & Energy, North Africa, Security, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

While performing a security assessment for one of its clients in the critical infrastructure sector, the Kaspersky Lab Security Services team discovered an important vulnerability. The CVE-2016-4785 vulnerability could allow an attacker to remotely obtain a limited amount of device memory content from relay protection equipment. The vulnerability was...

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E-commerce Nigeria

Crypto-ransomware attacks to hit thousands of users in one year

June 23, 2016 • Security, Top StoriesComments (0)

The number of users attacked with encryption ransomware is soaring, with 718,536 users hit between April 2015 and March 2016: an increase of 5.5 times compared to the same period in 2014-2015. The irreversible consequences of this kind of malware infection,...

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BDO launches Cyber and Forensics Lab in South Africa

June 22, 2016 • Security, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments (0)

As of June 2015, South Africa was one of only 28 countries in the world with a cybersecurity policy in place. Albeit a heavily criticised policy, it shows that Government recognises the dangers of cybercrime. “We are living in an age where information...

Cyber Crime

75 percent of organisations are at significant risk of cyber incidents

June 21, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Security, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments (0)

RSA, The Security Division of EMC, has released data demonstrating that organisations that invest in detection and response technologies, rather than perimeter-based solutions, are better poised to defend against cyber incidents. The second annual RSA...

E-commerce Nigeria

Cyber-security is a business issue, not an IT issue

June 14, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Security, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Cyber-security is a business issue, not an IT issue

Some have said, only half-jokingly, that an innovation only gets the investment they need to be perfected once the arms industry has seen a need for it. More worryingly, there is now good evidence that much of the innovation is being driven by increasingly...

BlackBerry Priv

Why Preventing Rooting and Jailbreaking is so important

June 10, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Security, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Why Preventing Rooting and Jailbreaking is so important

One of the most controversial topics when it comes to mobile devices is the idea of rooting and jailbreaking. Although rooting and jailbreaking are technically different processes on different platforms, the end-goal is the same: to gain higher-level...

Video Banking

Dealing with the dark side of rapid digitisation in Financial Services

June 8, 2016 • Finance, Security, Top StoriesComments Off on Dealing with the dark side of rapid digitisation in Financial Services

Across the African continent, organisations offering banking, lending, insurance, trading, and payments services are seeing the opportunities for technology to increase levels of financial inclusion, and delight customers with superior experiences. In fact,...

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How the debate between privacy and security is evolving

June 7, 2016 • Security, Top StoriesComments Off on How the debate between privacy and security is evolving

Some of you may remember a time when national security was a question of police officers protecting individuals from crime on the street, or the army’s defence against international threats. Today, that picture looks very different. If anything, it is more...

Simeon Tassev, Director and QSA at Galix.

Before you implement advanced cyber security technology, consider this

June 6, 2016 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments Off on Before you implement advanced cyber security technology, consider this

It’s safe to say that doing business in a digital world without cyber security is not a smart move. Obviously, all businesses have some sort of online presence and, whether email or ecommerce, companies are exposed to more risks than they were in the past....

Bertus Marais, GM of business development at XON

Smart cities are vulnerable but intelligent cities are safe and secure

June 1, 2016 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments Off on Smart cities are vulnerable but intelligent cities are safe and secure

Advanced technologies must be used intelligently to make cities safer, said Walter Lee, responsible for the business strategy and operations of the Innovation Management Office (IMO) in the Global Safety Division of NEC Corporation. NEC, through its...

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Charging mobile devices could put data at risk

May 27, 2016 • Security, Top StoriesComments Off on Charging mobile devices could put data at risk

Smartphones can be compromised when charged using a standard USB connection connected to a computer, Kaspersky Lab experts have discovered in a proof-of-concept experiment. The researchers are now evaluating what the impact of such an incident might be. Have...

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Understanding the risk and cost of a DDoS attack

May 23, 2016 • Opinion, Security, Top StoriesComments Off on Understanding the risk and cost of a DDoS attack

Today, more and more companies are outsourcing their online operations, such as websites, e-commerce, e-mail and domain name system (DNS), to focus on core business activities and lower costs. As a result, hosting providers are experiencing double-digit...

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Scammers selling counterfeit tickets to upcoming Olympic Games

May 23, 2016 • Security, Top StoriesComments Off on Scammers selling counterfeit tickets to upcoming Olympic Games

Kaspersky Lab experts found the first spam emails mentioning the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in early 2015, a year before the event is set to take place. The majority of spam emails are in English, but some are also in Portuguese because of the location...

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Addressing the threat of cyber-crime in the digital era

May 19, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Opinion, Security, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Addressing the threat of cyber-crime in the digital era

Many researchers now estimate the scale of the global cybercrime business to be greater than that of drug trafficking. Kaspersky Labs’ recent survey revealed that 9 out of 10 companies have already been a target of cybercrime, in some shape or form. Many of...

ESET Southern Africa

Top 5 tips on how to spot a Facebook scam

May 16, 2016 • East Africa, Lists, North Africa, Security, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Top 5 tips on how to spot a Facebook scam

Hoaxes are all over Facebook and with users often encouraged or forced via hijacks and hacks to share and like content, it will often seem like the hoax has been personally vouched for by your friend, says Carey van Vlaanderen, CEO, ESET Southern Africa....

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Ransomware: African Businesses continue to be at high risk

May 12, 2016 • East Africa, North Africa, Security, Southern Africa, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Ransomware: African Businesses continue to be at high risk

Over the last 12 months, there has been a 16% increase in ransomare attacks, a Data Breach Investigation Report by Verizon, has revealed. Ransomware is a hot topic because of the organisations being targeted and because of how prevalent it has become. The...

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