More Kenyans were attacked with password stealers in 2021, Kaspersky

There were 16% more users attacked with password stealers in Kenya between January and September 2021 compared to the same period last year. This is according to new data from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.

Kaspersky experts analyzed data from 2020-2021 (January to September) on the number of attempts to infect and targets. According to their research, the dynamics for Kenya are concerning worrisome.

Cybercriminals are constantly coming up with new methods for online fraud, and there has been an increase in such activity in recent months. Kaspersky experts noticed increased activity from fraudsters stealing passwords by using special malware called Trojan-PSW – these are stealers capable of gathering login and other account information, including any personal data – from gaming websites and streaming accounts for example – to online banking.

“As statistics show, logins, passwords, payment details and other personal data continue to be an attractive target for cybercriminals, and they remain a popular commodity on the dark market. For this reason, we encourage Internet users to take extra steps to protect their accounts. For example – by using multifactor authentication methods. Increased scammer activity using password stealers also suggests the need for users to be more careful, not to follow unverified links and to use an updated security solution,” says Denis Parinov, security expert at Kaspersky.

There is also a global growth in the number of attacked users during this time. For example, there were approximately 160,000 more targets across the world in September than in April, an increase of 45%. In recent months, Kaspersky experts have also seen a sharp rise in the number of attempts to infect users: Q3 2021 (July to September) saw an increase of almost 30%. The total amount of detections also increased compared to the previous year: from 24.8 million to 25.5 million.

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