from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – EGYPT has emerged the country most targeted by cyber criminals in Middle East and Africa.
Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, in that order, are not far behind.
Kaspersky, the global cyber security company, disclosed the figures covering the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region for the period covering six months.
It confirmed blocking more than 206 000 mobile malware attacks between January and June 2021.
Over 30 000 of these attacks combined originated from the Sub-Saharan countries of Nigeria (14 071 attacks), Kenya (10 697) and South Africa (5 499). Egypt had 19 466 attacks.
Trojans are the most prevalent malware behaviours.
A Trojan is a type of malware that is often disguised as legitimate software which attackers can use to try and gain access to user systems.
“Mobile malware remains a significant threat for corporate and personal users across Africa,” said Bethwel Opil, Enterprise Sales Manager at Kaspersky in Africa.
In addition to installing cyber security solutions on their mobile devices, Kaspersky encourages mobile users to install apps from reputable sources, create strong passwords, and distrust SMS.
– CAJ News