Top African data breaches: The threat landscape changes

The massive move to remote work in the wake of the pandemic has security professionals scrambling, as the threat landscape changes in sub-Saharan Africa.

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As businesses and government offices went into lockdown this year, causing a massive move to remote work, security professionals went into overdrive, scrambling to secure communications and data that was increasingly moving off-premises.

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 fears about a surge in cybercrime, as criminals exploit a lack of understanding -- on the part of individuals as well as businesses -- around remote security.

Remarkably, though, during the first half of the year cybersecurity firm Kaspersky detected a 36% decline in malware attacks in South Africa, a 26% drop in Kenya and a 2.7% decrease in Kenya.

Organisations and individuals in the region, however, should be aware that certain, specific types of attacks are on the rise, according to Kaspersky.

The main hacker targets in sub-Saharan Africa are government, education, healthcare, and military entities, Kaspersky said in a recent report. The top APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) hacking groups involved in attacks are TransparentTribe, Oilrig, and MuddyWater, which have moved into Africa from their original targets in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.

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