Cyber crime on the rise in SA

2011-09-16 11:00

Johannesburg - Eighty-four percent of adult South Africans who are online have reported that they had experienced cyber crime, according to a newspaper report on Friday.

Norton's cyber crime report added cyber crime was on the rise in SA, The Star newspaper said.

Some 74% of those South Africans who said they were victims of cyber crime had experienced it in the past year.

The increase could be because of advances in cellphone technology and an increase in cellphone users in SA. Sixteen percent of the victims were affected through their phones compared to only 10% globally.

Malware and computer viruses made up the biggest portion of cyber crime in SA. Scams and phishing fraud made up the rest.

The total net cost of cyber crime in SA is R10.9bn (correct, according to the newspaper report), making up 1% of the global net cost of R2.9 trillion.

  • lakhan7 - 2011-09-16 11:26

    - a friend off mine has her email intercepted by IT admin at her work. ( it would be okay, if he didnt know her, and try to stalk her. - an engineer , hacked into a facebook account and locked the person out. ( a trace was done by the assistance of Private detectives at a cost of R7000 as local SA police are not equipped for the internet as such. ) - personal details of hospital patients , basically any network , is not safe. - Viruses, ares crippling the higher education system, and causing many poor students to lose their hardwork. - hence , students success rate hampered. - Makes one think twice about "Social Networking" ...down with facebook.

      therapist - 2011-09-16 12:12

      nah, not down with social networking. just stop being a douche about you profile getting hacked. your facebook profile being hacked isn't something to report to police. you shouldn't be putting up information that can potentially harm you up on such sites for public display anyway. use your head before you put stuff on a social network

      GuyverXT9 - 2011-09-16 12:12

      And you have evidence to back up your claims? You sound like a paranoid conspiracy theorist.

  • - 2011-09-16 11:47

    From the Free classified websites you will find a huge portion of scammers... Scammers will create an ad pretending to sell something and even sometimes giving something for free. Most of the times people are asked to pay for transport of these items and wait in vain for the item to arrive... To find out a few days later they have been scammed. Be on the lookout when browsing classified websites. Scammer will 99% of the time use a free email address and will have no valid land-line number.... This by itself is already a very good way to see if a person you are dealing with is valid. Have a look at this website as it seem they do their part in exposing scammers... They even have a section dedicated to scammers with full contact detail as well... So.. If you want to buy anything via a classified website... Obtain the sellers email and do a search on Google... And lastly... Investigate, Investigate, Investigate... Its your money!

  • mokgosi - 2011-09-16 11:50

    Nigerians at it again

      lakalaka - 2011-09-16 14:11

      And you don't even have a brain to read the whole report. How many have you infected with HIV and raped recently? A nonentity with no brain trying to sound smart.

  • letsee - 2011-09-16 12:08

    Lot or a few are done with inside informtion

  • Pierre le Roux - 2011-09-16 14:05

    Thank goodness for AVG!

      Jeeva - 2011-09-18 18:19

      AVG for the stupid. rates Anit-Virus clients every 24 hours. AVG is the 2nd worst AV every day.

  • Shistirrer - 2011-09-16 16:31

    LOL at the results of the poll about this article! * Virus attacked my computer 39% 2303 votes * Phishing attack for my financial details 30% 1771 votes * Hacker remotely controlled my computer 2% 99 votes * None of the above 30% 1788 votes For those who answered "None of the above" - BS!!! If you have not received a single email claiming you have won a lottery, someone left you a zillion pounds in a testament, or that you account at XYZ bank will be suspended if you do not log in and supply your details, etc etc - you have not switched your computer on since 1999! Which in itself is BS, because you responded to the poll, didn't you?

      x - 2011-09-18 15:22

      The poll is clearly ambigious. I voted none because my antivirus is always up to date and I have never clicked on, or have been dupped by any phishing email - or as a result of my internet/card purchasing (such as restaurants) had money stolen out of my accounts. I imagine that is waht the other people also meant. Clearly ALL computers connected to the internet has been the target of hackers/bots duh. Seriously, take a chill pill.

      Shistirrer - 2011-09-19 09:27

      If you can read, you can get far in life. The poll didn't ask for "duped by a phishing attack", it asked whether you had experienced a phishing attack. All of us have.

  • RVQ - 2011-09-18 10:37

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      x - 2011-09-18 15:23

      Or if you are runnign Win 7 just get Microsoft Security Essentials.

      RVQ - 2011-09-18 16:42

      Free AV products don't provide the average user the adequate protection, it may protect the PC from malware but not from phising, email scams etc. You may know better but majority still only know how to turn on a PC and browse the net.

      Jeeva - 2011-09-18 18:21

      Sorry but you dont know crap. ESET = one of the worst rated AV's according to TREND = useless Panda Endpoint Security = best IMHO For home users who wants free AV's - MSSE - Panda Free Cloud

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