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An infamous Russian-speaking hacking group referred to as Silence is the likely culprit making thousands of attempts to hack major banks in sub-Saharan Africa, says Kaspersky Lab.
A wave of fraudulent tax refund letters has been launched at unsuspecting taxpayers globally, according to a Kaspersky report.
There is an increasing number of cyber attacks on supply chains and financial services in Africa, according to experts at global cyber security giant Kaspersky Lab.
Fin24 talks to 13-year old hacker Reuben Paul, who delivered his first presentation at a hacker conference at the tender age of 8.
In 1994 there was about 1 new malware detected per hour; by 2008 it was about one per minute and by 2011 about one per second.
An infected device tends to be much slower, uses a lot of battery power, overheats or data usage may skyrocket.
One in every four mobile users who encountered malware in 2017, were attacked by malicious programs that used adult content to lure them into installing it on their devices.
The WannaCry virus has attacked numerous computers throughout the world with many others left vulnerable.
The WannaCry malware virus is the biggest of 2017 so far and is believed to have infected between 400 000 and 1 million devices globally, says Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity firm.
Criminals know that cellphones contain more information on them than computers, and cyber attacks where systems are held to ransom are increasing, warns an expert.
In July this year South Africa experienced the longest running cyber-attack campaign among all the regions monitored by an email and data security company.
A recent North Korean cyberattack in which South Africa was apparently among 17 countries targeted, relates to the activity of the so-called Lazarus group, says a Kaspersky expert.
Companies often force employees to be cyber security aware, while top management does not have a clue what is going on, warns the director of the Centre for Cyber Security at the University of Johannesburg.
Mobile wallets are extremely attractive to cyber criminals, according to Fabio Assolini, senior security researcher at global cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab.
Global security company Kaspersky Lab says malware attacks in South Africa increased by 22% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018, and SA's Android phones are the second-most targeted in the world for banking malware.
Forget the Nigerian prince who wants to give you his inheritance or claiming your winnings from a global lottery - Bitcoin and FIFA 2018 are the new scams.
Ransomware on mobile devices has trebled in the first quarter of 2017, according to cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab.
The world's biggest ransom ware attack has levelled off in Europe thanks to a push-back by cyber security officials after causing havoc in 150 countries, as Microsoft urged governments to heed the "wake-up call".
Cyber criminals are no longer just targeting individual bank users, but are attacking routers, internet service providers and even banks themselves.
Corruption is the open door that leads to organisations being hacked in South Africa, a cyber security firm has warned.
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