On 09 December 2021, the world was alerted to the Log4j vulnerability . It is likely that threat actors already knew about the vulnerability before this date, says Tom Bienkowski, NETSCOUT Product Marketing Director, because it’s been reported that the vulnerability had been exposed much earlier in Minecraft chat...
According to Russian cybersecurity group Kasperksy, compared to Q1 2021, the number of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks in Q1 2022 rose 4.5 times with a considerable number of the attacks likely to be the result of hacktivist activity. Kaspersky says it operates independently from the Russian government, even...
In March 2022 we released our 2H 2021 Threat Intelligence Report. The report covers worldwide distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack activity during 2021—particularly during the second half of the year. As always, it’s chock-full of DDoS attack statistics, trends, and insights from our elite NETSCOUT ATLAS Security Engineering and Research...
The South African Post Office has sent an alarm to customers about fraudulent e-mails that are designed to make the receiver pay money into a scam account. The bogus emails appear as if they are coming from the Post Office and are titled, "Your package could not be delivered”. They...
Sophos, the global cybersecurity firm, today announced that it has acquired SOC.OS, an innovator of a cloud-based security alert investigation and triage automation solution. SOC.OS consolidates and prioritizes high volumes of security alerts from multiple products and platforms across an organization’s estate, allowing security operations teams to quickly understand and...
The world seems to have gone ‘crypto-mad’. Digital currencies like bitcoin, Monero, Ethereum, and even Dogecoin, are all over the internet. Their soaring value promises big wins for investors (if you’re “buying the dip”, that is). And the ‘fortunes’ to be made by mining for virtual money have echoes...
The University of Johannesburg (UJ) reportedly plans to start issuing degrees and certificates with blockchain security features to avoid fraud. According to Broad Media, the certificates will help stop counterfeiting and avoid the fraudulent representation of qualifications. UJ is one of the first universities to start offering digital certificates to...
Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, today unveiled new advancements to Sophos Cloud Workload Protection, including new Linux host and container security capabilities. These enhancements accelerate the detection and response of in-progress attacks and security incidents within Linux operating systems, improve security operations and bolster application performance. According to new...
There can be no doubt that ransomware attacks are on the rise across the globe. A simple online search will reveal thousands of statistics in this regard, and South Africa is no exception. What is also clear from numerous examples of successful breaches, is the potentially devastating effect of a...
KnowBe4, provider of one of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platforms, today announced the results of its Q1 2022 top-clicked phishing report. “In our latest quarterly phishing report, we found that holiday-themed emails were the most tempting for employees to click on,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO,...
Cisco Talos has revealed the top 5 security risks in Web 3.0. This latest iteration of the world wide web will include the immersive 3-D experience known as the “Metaverse” - a virtual reality environment where people can explore, shop, play games, spend time with friends, attend a concert,...
In Africa, various jurisdictions have data protection laws to secure the transfer of personal data between entities. These laws largely affect multinational companies that do international trade. Organizations with a global footprint require personal data transfer across countries, and these data protection laws must be complied with to transfer data...
According to a report released by Ireland-based multinational professional services company Accenture, a low investment in cyber security, and immature cybercrime legislation, makes South Africa a target for cybercrime, with the country registering the third-highest number of cybercrime victims worldwide. In addition, as with other countries, the cybersecurity skills...
FNB today announced that it has partnered with AURA, a safety marketplace platform that uses smart auto-dispatch technology, to add GuardMe to its banking app. FNB banking customers can now access instant emergency response services, anywhere, anytime via the FNB banking app. Powered by South Africa’s leading security and medical response...
Cybersecurity threats are at an all-time high. With organizations increasingly employing hybrid work models, it has become more vital than ever to educate employees on the various cybersecurity risks that come with a distributed work environment. In a hybrid work environment, employees working from home pose a greater security risk...
Keeping children off the Internet is not a realistic option anymore. Not only has digital become part and parcel of life, but it will also be an integral part of the future world of work. However, the online world can also be a dangerous place. Aside from the issues of...
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