Report: WannaCry is still alive hitting almost 75,000 users in Q3 2018

One and a half years after its epidemic, WannaCry ransomware tops the list of the most widespread cryptor families and the ransomware has attacked 74,621 unique users worldwide. These attacks accounted for 28.72% of all users targeted by cryptors in Q3 2018. The percentage has risen over the last year, demonstrating more than two-thirds growth […]

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SIM swap fraud is now global threat, says Myriad Connect

SIM swap fraud has plagued mobile users across Africa for years, with Myriad Connect’s recent survey in Kenya revealing that over 90% of Kenyan banking leaders see it as an issue for their organisations. The survey also shows that over 25% of respondents had been victims of SIM swap fraud. While in South Africa, the […]

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Five steps to evaluating a DDoS managed service provider

The news that the Southern African Department of Labour was recently able to foil a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on one of its external facing servers in early September reminds us that businesses and governments must remain vigilant at all times. While this DDOS attack was unsuccessful, a 2016 attack in Liberia, West […]

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ESET East Africa receives Cyber Security Company Of The Year award

ESET East Africa has been voted the Cyber Security Company of the year at the 2018 Digital Inclusion Awards (DIA). ESET that specialises in the provision of multilayered internet security solutions for both corporate and consumer uses beat a host of other local and international cybersecurity firms. The company headquartered Slovakia has been in operation in […]

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IT Leadership: Preventing your network from becoming a Botnet

By Harish Chib, vice president, Middle East & Africa, Sophos Botnets are large volumes of distributed networked computers and devices that have been taken over by a cybercriminal. Botnets, also referred to as bots, are usually taken over by malicious software to enable remote control by a threat actor. They are set up and developed by […]

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More than 40% of ICS computers were attacked in H1 2018

More than 40% of all industrial control system (ICS) computers protected by Kaspersky Lab solutions were attacked by malicious software at least once during the first half of 2018. This is according to findings of the Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT report on the industrial threat landscape in H1 2018 According to the findings, the Middle […]

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Shippers get serious about Cyber Threat

Major attacks like the NotPetya malware incident have been a wake-up call for the shipping sector, creating a renewed urgency around tackling the threats posed to vessels and supply chains, as well as prompting an increasing interest in cyber insurance. At the same time, new regulations will exacerbate the fall-out from any future failure. More […]

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SamSam: The new ransomware that has raised ransom demands of almost $6 million

Network and endpoint security leader Sophos has uncovered a new ransomware which it claims has raised vastly more ransom demands of almost of $6 million. Known as SamSam, Sophos says the ransomware is used in targeted attacks by a skilled team or individual, who breaks into a victim’s network, surveils it and then runs the […]

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Sophos introduces Sophos Intercept X for Server To Protect Businesses Against Cyber Threats

Sophos has today announced Sophos Intercept X for Server, its next-generation server protection with predictive deep learning technology that provides constantly evolving security against cyber threats. Sophos says its deep learning neural networks are trained on hundreds of millions of samples to look for suspicious attributes of malicious code and prevent never-before-seen malware attacks. According […]

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Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report: Organisations now investing in Machine Learning and AI to defend against threats

Security leaders are increasingly relying on tools that use AI and machine learning to defend against cybersecurity threats. This is according to the Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR) released last week. The report came a time when malware sophistication is increasing as adversaries begin to weaponize cloud services and evade detection through encryption, used […]

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Something Phishy: How to Identify and Avoid Phishing Scams

By Harish Chib, VP MEA Sophos. Phishing is one of the most common attack vectors for hackers who exploit end-user behavior as the weakest link in an organizations cyber-defense. For years, criminals have disguised attacks in email and today we see phishing emails as a primary delivery method for ransomware payloads. Phishing emails have led to […]

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Is your network ready for GDPR and PoPI?

Over recent years, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have become one of the biggest cyber-security headaches for CIOs and CSOs. Each year, these attacks grow in numbers, becoming bigger and more damaging. Previously, the primary DDoS fears were the business disruption and reputational damage that they caused. DDoS attackers harness the power of thousands […]

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Be cyber-savvy: Employees should not be secondary to technology

“Our employees are our greatest asset” is a phrase that continues to be published far and wide in a plethora of company profiles, human resources sections in annual reports, motivational speeches and so much more. “And while it does sound a whole lot better than a CEO stating ‘our employees are our greatest risk’, in […]

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The war on cybercrime – why all Kenyan organisations need to play their part

By Brian Pinnock, Mimecast Africa and the Middle East Cyberattacks in Kenya are on the rise. There’s barely a day that goes by where you don’t hear about a major data breach or an organisation that has unsuspectingly fallen victim to ransomware, spear-phishing or impersonation fraud. The government has seen the urgency and on 16 […]

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SMEs Should Partner with Cyber Security Specialists to Prevent Loss of Billions

Imagine waking up one beautiful Monday only to realize that your website has been hacked. Your online accounts, your most precious work and even your personal assets are gone. What do you do? According to the 2017 Cyber Security Report released by Serianu LTD, Kenyan businesses lost an astounding Ksh. 21B to cyberattacks in 2017 […]

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Enlisting blockchain technology in the war against DDoS onslaughts

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are certainly on the rise. Arbor’s 13th Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report showed that 33 percent of surveyed organisations suffered a DDoS attack in 2017 (this is sharply up from the previous year’s 17 percent). The modus operandi is elegantly simple: DDoS attackers infect large numbers of devices with […]

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Businesses at risk due to unidentified network traffic according Sophos Global Survey

IT managers from mid-sized businesses cannot identify 45 percent of their organization’s network traffic.  In fact, nearly one-in-four cannot identify 70 percent of this traffic putting their businesses at risk. This is according to findings from a new global survey by Network and endpoint security company Sophos. The survey, titled The Dirty Secrets of Network […]

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Egypt Launches Digital Forensic Lab to combating software piracy.

The government of Egypt has announced that it is setting up a specialized digital forensic lab for Intellectual Property as part of its enforcement schemes of combating software piracy. Egypts Information Technology Industry Development Agency will host the lab which will be the first of its kind in the MENA region.  The agency which is […]

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Artificial Intelligence: Your Bot Will See You Now

Next time you contact your insurer there is a good chance that you will be dealing with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Insurers are starting to use intelligent computers to give advice and speed up the process of buying insurance and paying claims. Virtual underwriters and risk advisors are no longer confined to insurers’ research and development […]

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DDoS in the cloud: who’s watching your back?

Cloud computing is seeing a steady and undeniable  growth in adoption across all types of industries. Growing just as progressively, however, is the extent to which it puts many corporate networks directly in cyber attackers’ line of fire – most specifically when it comes to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The challenge with moving […]

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Porn on the move: In 2017, over 25% of users hit by mobile malware faced porn-themed attacks

In 2017, 25.4% of mobile users who encountered malware – over 1.2 million people – were attacked by malicious programs that used adult content to lure them into installing malware on their devices. This is according to new findings by Kaspersky Lab in its ‘Cyberthreats facing users of adult websites and apps’ overview. Sex sells, […]

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3 ways you can keep yourself and your devices protected

Connecting to the Internet today has become a norm for most of us, as we enjoy the convenience of public Wi-Fi, using smartphones to download apps, watching live stream videos, shopping online or simply just catching up on news events – connectivity makes life so much easier! So, while we salute the estimated 43 million Kenyans who […]

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Opinion: Cloud computing evolves, becomes enterprise cloud-as-a-service

Over the past two decades or so, the concept of cloud computing has evolved dramatically, as new data centre and networking technologies came to the fore, and new types of ‘cloud’ emerged. While the cloud’s roots may be traced back to computing from decades past, the tipping point is often considered to be the introduction […]

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Opinion: Of banks and cybersecurity

If there’s one industry we should be most concerned about when it comes to cyber criminals and security, it’s the one that looks after our money.   “The financial services industry is under continual threat from cyber crooks, and the methods they use to try and infiltrate bank security systems are becoming more sophisticated every […]

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5 Ways to Secure Your Identity in the Data Breach Era

By Patrick Rono, Security Technical Professional- IBM East Africa With major cybersecurity incidents dominating headlines for the past several years, consumers are well aware of the threats they are facing and the basic tips to stay safe online. In Kenya, banks have become the leading target of cybercrime as people increasingly adopt the use of […]

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User lock-down or education? Just one of today’s cybersecurity issues in a rapidly evolving landscape

According to the recent PwC report, The Global State of Information Security Survey 2018, companies around the globe are becoming more reliant on cyber capabilities.  This means that, in turn, they must also recognise and manage the associated risks, or make themselves vulnerable to large-scale events with significant disruptive consequences. Anton Jacobsz, managing director at […]

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National Bank of Kenya loses Ksh.29 Million to hackers.

The National Bank of Kenya has lost about Ksh.29 million to hackers. The hacking incident is said to have happened on Wednesday 17th. “We confirm that there was an attempted fraud in normal course of business on 17th January but the bank’s monitoring and security resources frustrated the attempt.’’ the company said in a statement […]

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New Multi-featured Mobile Trojan Loapi Discovered

Kaspersky Lab researchers have identified a new intriguing malware with multiple modules, which allows for an almost endless number of malicious features – from crypto currency mining to DDos attacks. Due to its modular architecture, even more functions can be added to it. This unusual and powerful malicious software is called Loapi. Loapi stands out […]

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Opinion: Taking enterprise security to the board

It’s that time of year, again, with many companies busying themselves in the art of budgeting and forecasting for 2018. In some companies, this means the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) having to communicate the importance of including enterprise security in this planning, using a language that the members of the board will understand. “For […]

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ESET Releases 2018 Report: Predicts Trends in Cybersecurity

Global cybersecurity services leader ESET has warned that the ransomware menace is likely to continue into 2018 with further growth in incidents and risks following an increase in, and sophistication of, cybersecurity incidents in 2017.    According to a 2018 cybersecurity trends report “Cybersecurity Trends 2018: The Cost of our Connected World”, released today by […]

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Female Journalists in Kenya to be trained on online safety

With more users now spending time online, the ways they can get compromised on the internet have gotten more numerous and sophisticated. From phishing to identity theft more people, especially women face a potentially huge cybersecurity problem. Now, more than ever, it is important for online users to follow the best practices to give themselves […]

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Opinion: Preparation is key when defending against DDoS attacks

By Bryan Hamman, Arbor Networks territory manager for Sub-Saharan Africa If you are well prepared with your security systems – deployed in a holistic manner – you can prevent generic threats from getting into your environment. With the right tools, processes, and people, you can detect and contain more advanced threats before they have an […]

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“Beware of BadRabbit” Sophos warns against new ransomware strain

Network and endpoint security leader Sophos has warned against a new ransomware strain known as BadRabbit targeting consumers and businesses. BadRabbit is among the strains of ransomware that users especially in Russia and Ukraine, have experienced for the past few months. BadRabbit appears to be automatically downloaded when users visit legitimate websites, but as it doesn’t use any exploits as […]

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Personal Cyber Security:How To Protect Yourself From Cyber Criminals

The Importance of Online Security (Personal Cyber Security) Online security has never been more important both for business or individual persons. There are millions of people and businesses every year who get their information stolen online. With the recent news of a major hack on large companies across the globe, it is time we did […]

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Sophos expands its partner program to enables partners to secure Cloud platforms

Sophos is expanding its Partner Program for its channel partners to now training, certification and financial incentives that will help them support customers using or migrating to the public cloud. The company made this announcement becoming the first next-gen security vendor to introduce a program specifically designed to help partners address this revenue growth opportunity. Sophos also […]

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French firm OT-Morpho says IEBC voting system was not hacked

OT-Morpho has dismissed claims that the electronic system it supplied to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to biometrically identify voters during Kenya’s elections were hacked. Speaking to AFP, the French biometrics firm said an audit of the electronic system used to tally votes in the canceled presidential elections showed now manipulation of data. […]

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The Mobile Revolution And The Struggle For Identity In The Digital Age

By Eugene Muhando (@e_muhando), Nairobi. Life is a mystery, so we are told. Just take an adventure and realize the beauty of discovering something new. I am always fascinated by adventures to the Great Rift Valley and being born in North Rift made me interact with admirable places early in life. Recently, I was on […]

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Android Security: Mobiles Phones Spying is it Legal or not?

Smart phone is an individual’s property and it contains most personal and private data of a person. Every person has legal right to secure or hide its personal information from others as everyone wants some space in his own life. Nobody likes interference of others in their own personal life. People want security in practical […]

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‘Excellent Job, Thanks’: You May Never Know about the Cybersecurity Incidents Caused by Your Employees

Employees hide IT security incidents in 40% of businesses around the world, that’s according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, “Human Factor in IT Security: How Employees are Making Businesses Vulnerable from Within”. With 46% of global IT security incidents caused by employees each year, this business vulnerability must be addressed […]

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Don’t be a sitting duck against #IoT threats

As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to gain traction, organizations will have to reassess their security practices to accommodate the increase in security alerts. According to Patrick Rhude, Head of Product Management in Nokia’s Security Product Unit, security organizations already find themselves overwhelmed with the volume, variety and velocity of security data alerts. “It […]

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ESET issues malware alert for Android phone users

Internet security company ESET East Africa has issued an alert to mobile phone users running on the Android platfom to be wary of alternative app stores’ potential to spread malware such as screen locking malware. According to Teddy Njoroge, Kenya Country Manager for ESET, ransomware is a fast growing problem for users of mobile devices.  “Just […]

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As much as 70 percent of IoT devices comprise security flaws, which means devices that you own could get hacked by online criminals too.

NukeBot trojan threatens to steal details of customer online banking transactions

Kaspersky Lab researchers have detected NukeBot, a new malware which has been designed to steal the credentials of online banking customers. Earlier versions of the Trojan were known to the security industry as TinyNuke, but lacked the features necessary to launch attacks. The latest versions however, are fully operable, and contain code to target the […]

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Cyber Security and The Impending Era of Connected Devices

By Jacob Haney One of the major problems that we see with the sudden boom in connected devices is that information security systems are not able to keep pace with the ever-evolving cyber-threats. As companies continue to grow and bring more devices to your phone, they also become bigger targets. This is a threat that […]

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3 differences between Petya and WannaCry Ransomware

How the cyberattacks differ and what it means for ransomware security The world has recently come under attack from not one but two separate globe-trotting ransomware viruses infecting hundreds of thousands of systems and affecting millions of people. Ransomware security has never been more of a hot button issue as the two viruses were able […]

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The importance of securing Data Centres in the digital age.

Despite the advantages that emerging technologies bring organisations, decision-makers need to realise that data remains the key behind business success. Riaan Badenhorst, General Manager, Kaspersky Lab  Africa, examines the importance of securing the data centre in the digital age. “To adapt to this [data-driven] environment, companies are expanding their data centres. Often, the focus turns […]

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Key Signs To Watch Out For To Know If You’re Being Scammed Online

These days pretty much everyone is on the internet, unfortunately, not everyone is a good person. Online scammers are prevalent all over the web, with the scams themselves frequently carried out via email, or online dating sites. To make sure you’re well informed, and unlikely to be a victim, read the key signs that someone […]

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Sophos warns internet users against Petya Ransomware outbreak

Many any organizations in Europe and the US were last week crippled by yet another ransomware attack known as “Petya”. This is the second major global ransomware attack after WannaCry in just two months. Petya is a new variant of the Petya ransomware family  and was first discovered in 2016. It encrypts MFT (Master File Tree) tables […]

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Infographic: Understanding the WannaCry Ransomware

It is the name for a prolific hacking attack and known to be “Ransomware”, that holds your laptop surety till you pay a ransom. WannaCry is also called encryption-based ransomware and known as Wanna Decryptor or WCRY. As soon as the WannaCry Ransomware creates encrypted copies of specific file varieties before deleting the originals, then […]

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ESET announces free online cybersecurity training for businesses in Kenya

Internet security company ESET East Africa has announced the availability of free cybersecurity training for businesses and their employees in Kenya. The ESET Cybersecurity Awareness Training course that will be offered over the internet aims at enabling firms to curb the impact of cyber attacks and data breaches that are becoming more severe to business […]

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The annual CIO East Africa Security Summit kicks off in Nairobi

CIO East Africa in conjunction with the International Data Group (IDG), yesterday held its second annual Africa Security Summit at the Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi. The summit is part of CIO East Africa continental events that focus on digital disruption technologies including big data, cloud and the Internet of Things. The Summit seeks to help C-level […]

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New Kaspersky Embedded Systems Security for ATMs and POS Terminals Closes Major Security and Compliance Gaps

With the tactics of cybercriminals becoming ever more sophisticated, and with regulatory pressures also mounting, financial enterprises are up against increasing hurdles when it comes to future-proofing their ATMs, Point of Sale systems and Point of Service machines. To help these organizations, Kaspersky Lab has released a new generation of its Kaspersky Embedded Systems Security. […]

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Uiwix Ransomware Ain’t a New Version of WannaCry!

Chinese government authorities have warned against a new ransomware named “Uiwix”, which is tested in the wild.  This new ransomware is lethal in its execution and spread. This virus spreads through the memory based services that run between networks of computers. The sudden havoc created by WannaCry and Uiwix ransomware has left people dumbstruck. The ransomware […]

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Hajime malware is affecting the Internet of Things devices worldwide

Kaspersky Lab has published the results of its investigation into the activity of Hajime – a mysterious evolving Internet of Things (IoT) malware that builds a huge peer-to-peer botnet. The botnet has recently been propagating extensively, infecting multiple devices worldwide. To date, the network includes almost 300,000 malware-compromised devices, ready to work together, to perform […]

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ESET supports call for standardized cybersecurity breach reporting

Internet security company ESET East Africa has added its voice to the call for legislation to compel organizations to share or release information to a supervisory authority, affected individuals or organizations in case of cybersecurity breaches. According to Teddy Njoroge, ESET Country Manager in charge of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, this would help responsible […]

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Sophos says its XG firewall is secure from WannaCry Ransomware

Security firm Sophos has issued a detection update for its customers after the WannaCry ransomware attack last week on Friday. The malware is reported to have effectively disabled over 200,000 computers running on Windows operating system in over 150 countries. According to SophosLabs, WannaCry mimics an old school computer insecurity technique where viruses swept files […]

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Government computers and networks were not affected during global WannaCry Ransom attack, Mucheru

Following the recent WannaCry Ransom attack that hit the world on Friday, May 14, the Ministry of Information and Technology has moved to reassure the public that the government computer systems and network were not affected. Speaking during a Cyber-Security and Banking Forum organized by Citibank and the ICT Authority on Tuesday morning, ICT Cabinet […]

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Global Wannacry Ransomware Attack – Infographic

Ransomware WannaCrypt makes you cry? Struggling to survive from this large-scale cyber attack? This inforgraphic below lets you understand the history of WannaCrypt virus comprehensively and many more global cyber attacks. Global Wannacry Ransomware Attack. An infographic by the team at Secure Data Recovery Services

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Kaspersky Lab Presents Cybersecurity Trends in the META Region

Kaspersky Lab brought together company experts, journalists and business guests from the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa for its annual Cyber Security Weekend that took place on April 26-29 in Vienna. The company’s experts gave an overview of global and regional cyberthreats and security trends, discussed the main threat vectors affecting businesses in the region, […]

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Sophos Server Protection products now optimized with CryptoGuard Technology

IT security firm Sophos has announced that its next-generation anti-ransomware ‘CryptoGuard’ technology is now available with its ‘Sophos Server Protection’ products. With this optimization, Sophos server protection products will now have signature-less detection capabilities that combat ransomware. “Servers are considered the jackpot for cybercriminals, since they can store confidential corporate and employee information, medical records […]

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ICT CS Joe Mucheru urges private sector to boost investment in cybersecurity

ICT Ministry Cabinet Sectretary Mr. Joe Mucheru, has urged the private sector to bolster investment in cybersecurity to curb the growing incidences of cybercrime targeting Kenya’s digital economy. Though a recent report by Jumia Business Intelligence and GSMA Mobile showed that kenya is leading Africa in internet penetration with over 30 million having access to […]

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Kenyan companies accruing massive losses amidst rising cyberattacks

Banks have become the leading target of cybercrime as people increasingly adopt the use of financial technology. In fact, according to Serianu’s Cybersecurity Report 2016, African countries lost at least $2 billion in cyber attacks in 2016. In Kenya alone, the public sector lost more than Sh5 billion from cyber attacks, with the financial services […]

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Kenya Commercial Bank barred from using its banking software over piracy

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Group has been barred from using a core banking software over IP infringement and software piracy.  This is after Nagalakshmi Solutions Ltd (NLS) sued the bank for continuing to use the software which powers its withdrawals and cash deposits. Nagalakshmi Solutions Ltd (NLS)  says KCB has continued to use the software […]

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Nokia malware report reveals new all-time high in mobile device infections and major IoT device security vulnerabilities

The latest Threat Intelligence Report by Nokia has revealed a new all-time high in mobile device malware infections, a sharp increase in compromised smartphones and major IoT device security vulnerabilities. The report revealed a steady increase in mobile device infections throughout 2016, with malware striking 1.35 percent of all mobile devices in October – the highest […]

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ESET signs M.O.U with @iLabAfrica centre to fight cybercrime in Kenya

Internet security company ESET East Africa has signed a memorandum of understanding (M.O.U) with Strathmore’s @iLabAfrica aimed at enhancing the fight against cybercrime in Kenya. The M.O.U according to Teddy Njoroge, Country Manager ESET East Africa, will support Strathmore University’s current academic programs on cybersecurity.  This will be ‘’through collaborative research and benchmarking approaches on […]

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Banks expenditure on IT Security is 3x Higher than Non-Financial Organisations

Financial institutions are under pressure to ramp up security, with trends such as the increased take-up of mobile banking putting banks’ IT infrastructure defenses at growing risk of cyber-attack. Increasingly, customers are playing an important role in highlighting security incidents, with a quarter (24%) of financial institutions saying that some of the threats they faced […]

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Sophos Announces Unified Security and Control solution for Mobile Devices, Laptops and IoT devices

  Sophos has today announced its the latest version of its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution. Known as Sophos Mobile 7, this new version extends containerization support for Android Enterprise (formerly “Android for Work,”). Sophos Mobile 7 will enable IT, administrators, to manage IoT devices and strengthens security features. Its security enhancements include antiphishing technology to protect users […]

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Guest Post: Ransomware – Should you pay?

Ransomware, a form of extortion malware is often disguised as innocuous emails, links or pop-ups, thereby easily hoodwinking gullible users to grant access into their system and eventual takeover for ransom. Ransomware maintained its attractiveness amongst cyber criminals in 2016. Of note is the steady growth on multiple platforms including mobile which essentially means every mobile […]

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How secure is your data, really?

More than 554 million data records were stolen during the first half of 2016, a 31% increase from the previous six months – and that was just from the enterprises that reported their breaches. Unfortunately, many organizations that experienced a breach during that time either did not know they had been targeted or failed to disclose […]

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Banks globally still finding it hard to manage online financial fraud

Banks and payment organizations globally are still finding it difficult to manage online financial fraud in today’s connected and complex technological landscape. This is according to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International.  The survey found out that over a third (38%) of the organizations admitted that it is increasingly hard to tell whether […]

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Sophos launches new solution to Combat Low Security Awareness Among End-Users

Sophos has today launched a new advanced phishing attack simulator and training solution to combat low-security awareness among end-users.  Known as Sophos Phish Threat, the solution is fully integrated with the company’s cloud-based security management platform, Sophos Central. With centralized management and automated campaign analysis, Phish Threat dramatically reduces the time and resources required to affect […]

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New Switcher Android Trojan Hacks Routers, Hijacks Traffic to other websites

Kaspersky Lab experts recently uncovered a remarkable evolution in Android OS malware: the Switcher Trojan. The Newly-discovered Trojan uses unsuspecting Android device users as tools to redirect traffic from WiFi-connected devices to websites controlled by the attackers. Switcher Trojan treats unsuspecting Android device users as tools to infect Wi-Fi routers, changing the routers’ DNS settings […]

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Kaspersky Lab research: Internet users yet to master proper password habits

Internet users across the globe are yet to master how to use passwords effectively to protect themselves online. Research from Kaspersky Lab has shown that people are putting their online safety at risk by making bad password decisions and simple password mistakes that may have far-reaching consequences. The research unearthed three common password mistakes that […]

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Cybersecurity: Hacking the vote -Should Alshabaab make us worried about 2017 polls?

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest challenges Kenya has been trying to fight. Reports of government institutions being hacked by unknown people have been on the rise in recent times. In fact this year in May, the online hacktivist Anonymous conducted a sophisticated attack on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs servers stealing 1TB of data, […]

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Ex-Manchester City Star Samir Nasri’s Twitter account hacked

  It’s not the first time we have told you about Twitter accounts of celebrities being hacked. Earlier in May, one of the most followed accounts on Twitter Katy Perry with more 94 million followers became a victim. The account posted some few vulgar and racist tweets something that might have intrigued most of her […]

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Zcash Fever: Criminals Exploiting Users PCs to Make Profits Mining Cryptocurrency

At the end of October, the new cryptocurrency Zcash was launched. It is positioned by its creators as a more secure alternative to Bitcoin. Soon after the launch, the price of Zcash coins skyrocketed, followed by a spike in the installation of the application used to generate Zcash on personal computers. In many of these […]

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Number of the Year 2016: One Billion Items of Malware Held in Kaspersky Lab’s Cloud Database

Kaspersky Lab’s cloud malware database now carries a billion malicious objects, including viruses, Trojans, backdoors, ransomware, and advertisement applications and their components. A fifth were discovered and identified as malicious by Astraea – a machine-learning based malware analysis system working inside Kaspersky Lab’s infrastructure. The number of cyberthreats appearing every day is now so big […]

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Simple ways to protect yourself from Phishing attacks

Phishing is a form of identity theft where cybercriminals try to obtain private details such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity. Kenya faces a potentially huge cyber insecurity problem. As argable as this may seem, the fact is cases of cyber-attacks are on the rise going by recent […]

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Liquid Telecom report highlights cybersecurity concerns for African businesses

Liquid Telecom has released new Cybersecurity & Data Protection Report identifying the latest cyber security and data protection concerns and challenges facing African businesses. According to the research findings, African businesses find themselves at a crossroads, where they must balance digital transformation with a greater focus on security policies and how to better protect customer […]

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Clues are Dead – Kaspersky Lab’s Threat Predictions 2017

Kaspersky Lab’s discovery in 2016 of an APT-able to create new tools for each victim has effectively killed off ‘Indicators of Compromise’ as a reliable means of detecting infection, according to the company’s Threat Predictions for 2017. The Predictions are prepared annually by the company’s expert Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) and are based […]

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Kaspersky Lab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Smart Africa Alliance, to raise awareness on cybersecurity

Kaspersky Lab and Smart Africa sign MoU to raise awareness on cybersecurity in Africa

  Kaspersky Lab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Smart Africa Alliance, to raise awareness on cybersecurity. The MOU will also see the two parties work together to drive improvement of protection of networks and critical systems in the continent. According to the two organisations, the Alliance is responsible for bringing together […]

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As much as 70 percent of IoT devices comprise security flaws, which means devices that you own could get hacked by online criminals too.

Guest Post: Do You Own One of the Most Hackable Devices?

An IT solutions company in the Philippines, as well as other cybersecurity firms, have stressed that everything connected to the Internet is hackable. From traffic lights to electrical grids, highway signs to fitness trackers—all of these are wired to the Internet, a web of connected systems so diverse that they fall into the nondescript category […]

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Cyber Crime: Are your online banking transactions safe?

‘Checking your account balance, paying bills and managing your finances… Nowadays, it is pretty normal to do all those things online…. But are you sure you do them in the most secure way? Presently, cybersecurity or (insecurity) in Kenya is the single biggest threat to business in terms of the consumption and use of Information […]

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How to defend your business from insider threat

Insider threats are like tumors in a person’s body. Fortunately for stakeholders, insider threat does not involve uncontrollable factors and can be prevented before they form. The following steps outline how best to defend your business from such threats. Identify indicators that reveal insider attacks at work   Review and assess red flags that demonstrate […]

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Kaspersky Lab Indicates Main Threat Vectors for Europe

Global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab, held its annual European Cyber Security Weekend in Malta from 20 to 23 October. The event brought together company experts, guest speakers from the Dutch National Police, journalists and business guests from all over the region, as well as Israel and South Africa. This year, one of the main topics […]

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Kaspersky Lab announces new business solution to empower SMBs

Kaspersky Lab announces a new Software-as-a-Service solution that will provide small and medium-sized businesses with multi-layered IT security. Known as Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud, the solution offers advanced functionality and proven protection that can be managed easily via a simple cloud-based console with an intuitive and user-friendly interface. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are using 100-1000 […]

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Kaspersky Lab launches Talent Lab, global cybersecurity competition

Kaspersky Lab has unveiled an international competition aimed at solving topical cybersecurity challenges.  The Talent Lab competition will see competitors use their technical and creative talents to solve these problems with winners getting a chance to receive education funding or sent to the most acclaimed global industry events – such as the Cannes Lions and […]

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Sophos Intercept X installs alongside existing endpoint security software from any vendor, immediately boosting endpoint protection by stopping malicious code before it executes.

Sophos unveils Sophos Intercept X to extend its Next-Generation Endpoint Security Capabilities

Sophos has announced has unveiled its next-generation endpoint security product that stops zero-day malware, unknown exploit variants and stealth attacks. Known as Sophos Intercept X, the product includes an advanced anti-ransomware feature that can detect previously unknown ransomware within seconds. Sophos Intercept X installs alongside existing endpoint security software from any vendor, immediately boosting endpoint […]

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One of the most valuable assets you have as a business owner is your server, and IT security issues like a data breach is a huge business nightmare.

Guest Post: 7 Ways to Protect Your IT Infrastructure from a Data Breach

Succumbing to cyber attacks can hurt your brand image. Fortunately, there are many techniques to infiltrate your systems such as having an IT security and audit check. Consumers allow you to connect with them in more ways than one whenever they provide you sensitive information like name, email address, birthday, and mobile number. In exchange […]

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Sophos recognized as a Quadrant Leader of Gartner’s 2016

Security solutions provider Sophos has been positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant of Gartner, Inc.’s Aug. 30, 2016, “Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management.” This is the 5th year the company has been recognized as a Quadrant.   The quadrant is based on an assessment of a company’s ability to execute and completeness of vision. Sophos […]

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The R&D center will be focused on developing data analysis and machine learning technologies for the company’s enterprise solutions offering. Photo Source: Kaspersky Lab Blog

Kaspersky Lab opens its first Research and Development office in Europe

Kaspersky Lab has announced the opening of its first European research and development (R&D) center, in Dublin, Ireland. The company initial investment into the office is said to be about USD$5 million, and according to the company, the location was selected on account of Dublin’s growing reputation as a major European tech hub. The newly […]

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One Cryptomalware attack cost Small Medium Businesses up to $99K in 2015

One cryptomalware attack cost small and medium businesses up to $99,000 on average last year, a global research, Corporate IT Security Risks 2016, conducted by Kaspersky Lab has found out. According to the research, despite the fact that cybercriminals do not guarantee the return of corporate data, 34% of entrepreneurs admitted paying extortionists. The total […]

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Lack of education on ICT to blame for growing cyber attacks on Insurance and banking sectors in Kenya.

Insurance and banking services sectors in the country need to enhance the pace of deployment of secure Information Communication Technology (ICT) practices in their organizations. According to ICT security company, ESET East Africa, the recent spike in cases of cyber attacks and breaches in the financial services sector is attributable to the slow pace of […]

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Sophos email system now available on its Cloud-Based Management Platform

Security solutions provider Sophos has today announced that Sophos Email is now available on its cloud-based Sophos Central management platform. This means customers and partners can now manage their email protection solution alongside Sophos endpoint, mobile, the web and wireless security products from a unified, simple to use console. Sophos Email boosts security for cloud-based […]

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Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool available free of charge for businesses

Kaspersky Lab has launched Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business – a free software that offers complementary security to protect corporate users from ransomware. To identify ransomware behaviour patterns and protect Windows-based endpoints, Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for Business leverages two groundbreaking technologies: Kaspersky Security Network and System Watcher[1]. System Watcher’s unique capabilities include the possibility to […]

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As much as 70 percent of IoT devices comprise security flaws, which means devices that you own could get hacked by online criminals too.

University of Nairobi Twitter Account and Blog compromised by hackers

No one is immune to getting their social media accounts or even website being hacked. Be it, individuals or corp-orates, all them have always fallen victims. In the last couple of months we have seen Twitter accounts of top tech giants CEOs being hacked. In Kenya, the Ministry of Foreign affairs sever was recently hacked […]

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account hit by hackers

No one is immune to to getting their social media accounts hacked. Last month we told how the most followed account on Twitter Katy Perry  with 89 million followers was hacked.  The account posted some few vulgar and racist tweets something that might have intrigues most of her followers. The tweets were being posted by […]

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As much as 70 percent of IoT devices comprise security flaws, which means devices that you own could get hacked by online criminals too.

Guest Post: Advanced cyber threats, demystified

A few years from now someone will start writing the history of advanced, highly sophisticated cyber threats. This person will obviously start with Stuxnet, and go through the findings of campaigns like The Equation, Red October, Regin or Dark Hotel. These are the names every security researcher knows, as they significantly impact our understanding of […]

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Hackers break into Acer’s website, Compromises Credit Card Details of 34,500 Customers

In yet another massive security breach to be reported this year, data of of as many as 34,500 Acer products customer might have been compromised. The company has announced that hackers broke into their online store and  stole customer’s sensitive information. What this means is that if you bought something from Acer’s online store in the […]

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Cybersecurity: It’s time to ReThink Security Management

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” R. Buckminster Fuller said those words decades ago, but they still ring true in present times, especially when it comes to the progression and innovation in technology. Check Point Software Technologies, a global […]

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Kaspersky Lab Warns of Cybersecurity for Industrial Facilities and Connected Devices in Smart Cities

Kaspersky Lab has warned of Cybersecurity for Industrial Facilities and Connected Devices in Smart Cities. This warning  was made during Kaspersky Lab’s annual Cyber Security Weekend held on April 17-20 in Baku. The gathering brought together company experts, journalists and business guests from the Middle East, Turkey, Africa and the host country Azerbaijan to discuss about industrial […]

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Interview: The State of Cyber Security in Kenya

Cyber Security has become a great concern for most organizations across the globe, Kenya included. In fact, according to The 2015 Cyber Security Report by Serianu Cyber Threat Intelligence Team, the public sector in Kenya lost more than Sh5 billion from cybercrime attacks, followed by the financial services sector at Sh4 billion. The report revealed […]

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