Top African Data breaches show a region facing growing cyberthreats

As more and more organizations in Africa are forced to migrate their services online, and centralized workspaces decline under the threat of COVID-19, additional vulnerabilities and a reliance on public cloud infrastructure have led to a rise in criminal data breaches on the continent.

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The year 2020 is sure to be remembered as a year of upheaval as every aspect of the ways we live and work has been affected by the global pandemic. It's now clear that one of the lasting consequences is an acceptance of remote working for enterprises, and increased reliance on cloud technology as a business platform. As a result, this has led to a surge in cybercrime, as criminals exploit new loopholes and a lack of understanding around remote security.  

While the value of scams and breaches in Africa thus far in 2020 pales in comparison to more developed economies, the number of attacks that enterprises withstand is growing fast. African enterprises are attacked by malicious hackers more frequently than enterprises elsewhere in the world, according to Check Point Software research.

Here are some of the key data breaches and security stories over the last 12 months in the most important economies in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nedbank hacked via social engineering

During a routine monitoring operation in February 2020, one of South Africa's largest banks, Nedbank, discovered a security breach that affected 1.7 million of its customers. The breach was executed through a third party service provider called Computer Services Ltd, whose job it is to issue text message and Whatsapp marketing messages on behalf of the bank. The breach targeted private data of customers, including sensitive information such as:

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