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‘Kenya Among Most Popular Countries For Cyber Attacks’ Kaspersky

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Internet users in Kenya faced one of the most cyber attacks in the continent to date, as the country remains among the most affected by internet-related crimes.

A report by multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider–Kaspersky released on Thursday September 24 indicated that South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria have witnessed millions of cyber attacks in 2020 alone, with just three months left to the end of the year.

Kaspersky security solutions reported 28 million malware attacks in 2020 and 102 million detections of potentially unwanted programs (pornware, adware among others).

A cyber cafe in Nairobi. /TWITTER

“Kenyan and South African threat landscapes have been more intense. In South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections. Kenyan users faced even more malware attacks ,” Denis Parinov, a security researcher at Kaspersky, revealed.

According to the Communication Authority latest data during the third quarter for financial year 2019/20 (January-March 2020), 34.6 million cyber threats were detected, representing a slight decline from the previous quarter in which had 37.1 cases.

Cyber threats in Kenya are commonly related to Malware, DDOS/Botnet and Web Application attacks.

The country has also been hit with cases of online fraud, with the DCI calling upon netizens to be vigilant so as not to fall victims of online fraud.

In a series of tweets, the DCI noted that there is a new crop of fraudsters selling non-existent products by circulating phishing emails.

Image of a cyber hacker. /BUSINESS TODAY

For instance, the state of joblessness and unemployment played a huge role in increased cyber crimes.

The links, said the DCI are infected with malware that gives the scammers access to one’s personal details, passwords, that could be used to “to extort, for cyberbullying, stealing of finances among other ills.”

Consequently, in new development, the fraudsters had invented new techniques where they use Paybill numbers and bank accounts to scam Kenyans online. They then withdraw the funds immediately after payment.

Earlier on Thursday September 24, detectives based at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) nabbed a suspected fraudster Innocent Oundo Silingi who was attempting to fly out of the country to Dubai.

Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters in Nairobi. /CITIZEN DIGITAL

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