Visualcapitalist.com highlighted that for 15 years, from 2006 to 2020, the United States of America placed first with 156 recorded cyberattacks, which is an average of 11 significant attacks per year. A figure that outnumbers Russia’s cyberattacks in 14 years. The report also ranked the United Kingdom and India second and third, respectively.
What is surprising is that in the list of 20 countries, none of the countries within the African continent feature but that does not mean they do not experience cyberattacks. Interestingly, in some African countries, including South Africa, the figure was only slightly under the global 10% average, making the African region comparable to that of North America or Europe in terms of cyberattacks.
In fact, Kaspersky researchers have identified that in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, the top malware families as ransomware, financial/banking trojans, and crypto-miner malware. When comparing Q1 2021 with Q2 2021, Kaspersky saw a 24% increase in ransomware in Q2 2021 in South Africa, as well as an increase of 14% in crypto-miner malware. The researchers further explained that Kaspersky saw a 59% increase in Kenya and a 32% increase in Nigeria in financial/banking trojans for Q2 2021.
With digital transformation a top priority on the corporate agenda as companies identify new ways to grow their business, cyber attackers and opportunist cybercriminals too remain very active as no country is safe from cyber criminals.
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