Africa

December 2, 2020 — Absa has notified customers of a data breach potentially compromising their personal information. 

The Johannesburg, South Africa-based financial services group, which provides personal and business banking as well as wealth management services, has pointed the finger at an employee for the security incident. 

Absa maintains a presence in 12 countries across the continent and accounts for roughly 42,000 employees. Source: ZDNet  

November 25, 2020 — Three suspects have been arrested in Lagos following a joint INTERPOL, Group-IB and Nigeria Police Force cybercrime investigation. The Nigerian nationals are believed to be members of a wider organized crime group responsible for distributing malware, carrying out phishing campaigns and extensive Business Email Compromise scams. Source: INTERPOL

November 15, 2020 — New information uncovered by MyBroadband, together with Internet investigator Ron Guilmette, has linked two men to bogus e-mail addresses found in the records of misappropriated South African Internet resources.

This follows an investigation into the apparent theft of swaths of valuable African Internet Protocol (IP) address space, said to be worth millions of dollars on the reseller market. Source: MyBroadband

November 14, 2020 — MTN has published its first transparency report, providing statistics on requests for customer data in 17 countries where it operates.

This is similar to the transparency reports that companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter issue on a regular basis.

MTN stated that requests for a customer’s private data may come from local authorities or non-governmental entities. In some markets, it is also possible for private individuals to lodge formal requests for private data. Source: MyBroadband

October 9, 2020 — Cyber-attacks have been levied against journalists in Angola after they reported that the Angolan president’s chief of staff had embezzled public funds.

Independent online news provider Correio Angolense published an article online covering the claims against Edeltrudes Costa that were first made by the Portuguese TV channel Televisão Independente (TVI).

The broadcaster launched an investigation after companies owned by Costa were awarded several major contracts by the government, including a multi-million-dollar contract to renovate Angola’s airports. Source: Infosecurity Magazine

October 5, 2020 — Minister of communications and digital technologies Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says her WhatsApp messages have been hacked, and her office has confirmed that the Facebook-owned messaging platform has launched an investigation. Source: Business Insider South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Hackers attacked a South Africa’s justice department fund last week, the department said on Wednesday, but said it did not receive any ransom demands.

They targeted a fund containing a pool of money held by the courts in trust on behalf of minors, unborn heirs and missing or absent persons, it said. Source: Reuters

LAGOS, Nigeria: September 22, 2020/APO Group/ — 

Kaspersky (africa.Kaspersky.com) security solutions have reported on 28 million malware attacks in 2020 and 102 million detections of potentially unwanted programs (pornware, adware etc.) they have accounted for by the beginning of August 2020. These numbers show that it’s not only the malware that attacks users but also the “grey zone” programs that grow in popularity and disturb their experiences, while users might not even know it is there. Source: Kaspersky 

September 14, 2020 — The 5G cellular network has emerged as a significant technology with satellites poised to adopt a more critical role in communications infrastructure, which requires more robust policy, systems, and infrastructure design to protect against the threat of cybersecurity attacks, especially in light of the surge of satellite jamming operations (the degradation and disruption of connectivity by interfering with the signals that are used for communication). Source: Africa News

 

September 13, 2020 — When a security researcher contacted MyBroadband with information about scams and online fraud being conducted from domains registered and hosted in South Africa, we tried to report the matter to the National Cybersecurity Hub.

According to the Cybersecurity Hub website, we should have received a confirmation email with a reference number for our report, but this has not happened. Source: My Broadband

September 9, 2020 — As a leader in knowledge content consolidation and capacity building, FITC in partnership with NIBSS will host the biggest virtual cybersecurity conference in Nigeria, themed “Combating Cybercrime: Strategies for Strengthening Emerging Markets”, scheduled to hold on Thursday, September 10, 2020. FITC and NIBSS as socially conscious, innovation-led and technology-driven organisations, have collaboratively designed the Conference for individuals and organisations, driven by a collective commitment to divergent thinking and global sustainable development, to proffer and co-create solutions to this cybercrime menace, particularly focusing on Africa and emerging markets. Source: Nairametrics

Aug 14, 2020 – A new INTERPOL report on online organized crime in Africa shows how digitalization has reached almost every major crime area across the continent. Source: INTERPOL

July 16, 2020 — The Top 50 Women in Cybersecurity Africa accolade recognizes women in cybersecurity in Africa who are making significant contributions to the industry and profession in the continent. Source: TechTrendsKE

July 14, 2020 — Six in 10 (60%) organisations from South Africa experienced a public cloud security incident in the past 12 months.

This is according to the State of Cloud Security 2020 report, a global survey from cyber security firm Sophos. Source: IT Web

 

July 7, 2020 — As the number and complexity of threats to IT systems increase, there is an increasing need for cybersecurity professionals able to safeguard systems and deal with threats.

A lot of people still think of cybersecurity as software-based solutions that keep our machines and information safe. Source: The South African

June 24, 2020 — The 2019 KnowBe4 African Report found that Africa is increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
The report highlighted how vulnerable users were when it came to recognising cyber-threats and managing their risk profiles.
In 2020, Accenture released a report entitled Insight into the Cyberthreat Landscape in South Africa that revealed there are around 577 attempted malware attacks every hour. Source: Bedfordview and Edenvale NEWS

June 9, 2020 — Life Healthcare, a South African healthcare provider, is investigating a cyber-attack that targeted some of the group’s IT systems.

In a security alert issued today (June 9), the company, which operates dozens of healthcare facilities across South Africa and Botswana, said it had become the victim of a “targeted criminal attack”. Source: The Daily Swig Portswigger