Kaspersky records over 2 million phishing attacks in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria in six months


There was a reduction in the number of phishing attacks recorded and blocked by Kaspersky in South Africa (17 per cent decline), Kenya (48 per cent decline), and Nigeria (13 per cent decline) for the first half of this year when compared to the same period in 2020. While the decline does suggest and support research trends – that cybercriminals have become more targeted, focusing their efforts on advanced persistent threat (APT) campaigns in Africa – the phishing threat is still very prevalent, says Kaspersky.

“This decrease is in line with global trends and supports the decline that Kaspersky research identified happening through the course of last year already. Of course, this does not mean that organisations and consumers can ignore the risk of traditional cybercrime attacks or that phishing, as well as spam, are still not of significant concern across Africa. Instead, people need to become even more aware of cybersecurity best practice and remain vigilant to protect their personal and business systems from the risk of compromise,” says Bethwel Opil, Enterprise Sales Manager at Kaspersky in Africa.

For instance, spam constituted almost 30 per cent…



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