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Kaspersky Blocks Over 30,000 Combined Mobile Malware Attacks in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa in Just 6 Months

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Kaspersky Blocks Over 30,000 Combined Mobile Malware Attacks in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa in Just 6 Months

Mobile malware remains a significant threat to business and personal users across Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 12, 2021 / APO Group / –

Of the over 206,000 mobile malware attacks blocked by Kaspersky solutions (https://africa.Kaspersky.com) for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region in just 6 measured months, between January and June 2021, more than 30,000 of these combined attacks originated from Nigeria (14,071), Kenya (10,697) and South Africa (5,499).

Significantly, for the African countries monitored, Nigeria only follows Egypt (19,466) in the number of attacks blocked, showing just how common mobile threats have become in this highly connected country. In fact, the latest research from Kaspersky (https://bit.ly/3oR80X5) shows Nigeria to rank eighth (at 11.76%). While Kenya and South Africa might not feature as prominently, the threat of mobile malware remains a concern, along with the shift to more targeted attacks that these countries are seeing.

The three most prevalent malicious behaviors that Kaspersky observed in Kenya and Nigeria are Trojans, Trojans, and downloaders; and Trojan Droppers. In South Africa, these are Trojans, Trojan-Proxy; and Trojan-Downloaders.

A Trojan horse is a type of malware often disguised as legitimate software that attackers can use to attempt to gain access to users’ systems. As the name suggests, Trojan-Downloaders download and install new versions of malware including Trojans and adware on victimized computers. During this time, Trojan-Droppers usually saves a series of files containing malware on the victim’s drive. Once installed, a Trojan-Proxy allows an attacker to use the infected device as a proxy to connect to the Internet.

“Mobile malware remains a significant threat to business and personal users across Africa. These attacks are generally very diverse, with hackers using a range of methodologies and technologies to compromise victims’ devices. Trojan-Downloaders and Trojan-Droppers are particularly dangerous given their potential to contain significantly damaging payloads, ”says Bethwel Opil, Head of Corporate Sales at Kaspersky in Africa.

In addition to installing cybersecurity solutions on their mobile devices, like Kaspersky Total Security (https://bit.ly/3Ayn7XG), here are some additional ways for users to improve their security:

Create a strong password. By putting a strong password on your smartphone, the device may become unusable if it is lost or stolen and the password attempt fails a number of times. Don’t trust SMS. Mobile malware uses text messages, so users should never respond to requests for credit card details or other private information. Check your browser for the lock symbol. The lock icon in the address bar indicates that the view is secure when entering personal data.

Install apps from trusted sources. Popular shopping sites like Amazon or eBay have their own mobile apps. You should verify that these are the official company apps before initiating a download. This can be done by checking developer information and user ratings on the download page.

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