Your data is now everywhere. Your phone. Your smartwatches. Your smart home. And if something goes just a little bit wrong – it could disappear in just one click. With digitalisation continuing to grow around the world, many services are becoming more and more data-driven. The collection of users’ personal...
The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused significant disruption to businesses and a degree of panic within the employee community. Companies across the globe are activating contingency and business continuity plans and are allowing employees to work from home to limit the spread of the virus. In a new reality...
Kaspersky researchers have found a new sample of stalkerware - commercial software that is usually used to secretly monitor users’ partners or colleagues - which has functionality that supersedes all previously found software. Named MonitorMinor, this software enables stalkers to covertly access any data and track activity on devices...
The global panic about COVID-19 has everyone desperately searching for any morsel of new information about the virus. Adding to the chaos, cybercriminals are now using fake news about the outbreak to attract victims to infect with their malware, via Business Insider. Hackers are circulating a fake dashboard that shows...
In a digital environment complexified by the convergence between mobile services and the Internet, States face increasing risks in terms of digital security. Cyberattacks, identity theft, viruses, piracy, fake news... Confronted with a long list of threats, public authorities must adopt the means to fight these scourges. While digital security...
African Internet users, be they on their smartphones or desktops, are constantly at heightened risks for online attacks by cybercriminals. Cybercriminals are a desperate and innovative sort. For all of their faults, it can never be said that those that write and distribute malware do not think outside the box,...
Which?, a consumer watchdog, has found that more than 1 billion Android devices are potentially vulnerable to attack - simply because they are running an older version of the OS. My Broadband reports that researchers found 40% of Android users are no longer receiving security updates. This puts their devices...
New information concerning the Nedbank data breach have emerged detailing the lax security at the 3rd party facility where the hack originated, reports My Broadband. Last month, IT News Africa covered the leak and the subsequent new information revealed by Nedbank’s CEO about the hack. The Nedbank Data Breach Computer Facilities, the...
Ransomware made headlines in 2019 with several high-profile attacks causing significant service disruption. Some of the most notable ransomware attacks which caused lengthy outages at City of Johannesburg and Johannesburg City Power. The main takeaway from this is that ransomware is on the rise and big businesses are all...
The question of online privacy remains one of the Internets most controversial. Harkening back between crusades to stamp out user control in favour of super-corp power, to initiatives in making the internet safer for users and their children, we can see that as many people want their online privacy,...
The Android version of WhatsApp is looking to get a new security feature which will allow users to protect their message backups, reports My Broadband via WABetaInfo. The feature is currently in its Alpha stage of development. WhatsApp currently allows users to back up their chats, media and contacts automatically...
While the fourth quarter of 2019 saw a decrease in total malware volume, a key global trend also unfolding within the period was the use of macro-enabled documents for malware delivery. This is according to Cofense, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defence solutions, which recently released its Q4 2019...
Back in the day, the theft and loss of backup tapes and laptops were a primary cause of data breaches. That all changed when systems were redesigned and data at rest was encrypted on portable devices. Not only did we use technology to mitigate a predictable human problem, but we...
African countries, including Botswana, Kenya, and South Africa, were surveyed in 2019 to determine their preparedness to face threats from cybercrime by KnowBe4, an international security awareness training company. The study found that 53% of all Africans surveyed think that trusting emails from people they know is good enough to...
A WordPress plugin, the ThemeGrill Importer, which has over 200,000 active installations and can be used to import ThemeGrill official themes, demo content, widgets and theme instantly with a click. In version 1.3.4 and above, as well as versions 1.6.1 and below of ThemeGrill exists a security vulnerability that can...
Last week we covered the Nedbank client data hack in which 1.7 million Nedbank clients may have had their personal and private data leaked to the public. The leak emanated from a security breach at Computer Services, a third-party service provider that issues SMS and email marketing on behalf...
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