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Cybercrime threats soar in ICT sector

15 May 2014, 10:15

Nairobi - Kenya saw a significant number of security incidents in its cyber space in the first quarter of 2014.

This is according to statistics given by Kaspersky Lab, one of the most prominent internet security firms in the world.

In its Africa Statistics on IT threats for the first quarter of 2014, Kaspersky names Algeria as leading in Africa in terms of local and web threats ahead of Egypt, South Africa followed by Kenya at the fourth place.

According to the Kaspersky numbers, South Africa and Kenya had high number of cyber threats in the first quarter.

South Africa, followed by Kenya, saw a significant number of security incidents, though the number of users affected is one of the lowest in the region.

"Africa accounted for 4 percent of total security incidents worldwide, while the figure for the Middle East region was 3 percent,” stated the Kaspersky Security Network’s report.

According to the report, cybercrime is growing fast in Kenya and in Africa in general.

“While mobile and financial malware, advanced persistent threats and web threats are becoming more popular among cybercriminals, removable devices and local networks are still the prime sources of IT risks for users in Africa. Companies and home users should be aware of those risks and take care of their data by using comprehensive security solutions,” said Ghareeb Saad, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

 - CAJ News
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