Cyber-attacks down 75pc on improved security

This is a good news / bad news story from Kenya. The glimmer of hope is that concerted efforts can reduce cyber crime…:

Deeper investment in cyber-security is gradually paying off in Kenya, with the number of attacks involving remote hijacking of computers dipping by 75 percent in the three months to December

The number of DDoS/Botnet attacks — or remote hijacking of computers — dropped to 573,421 over the period from over 2.35 million in the previous quarter, according to statistics by the Communications Authority of Kenya.

The National Kenya Computer Incident Response Team Co-ordination Centre (National KE-CIRT/CC) detected 25.2-million cyber threat events as compared to the 26.6 detected in the period between April and June 2019.

“This was a 5.2 percent decrease attributed to a huge reduction in DDoS/Botnet attacks as a result of proactive action taken, as demonstrated by increased number of cyber threat advisories issued during the quarter,” the regulator said in its report for quarter one.

Web application attacks have, however, been rising with the most recent quarter having over four million threats detected up from 3.08 million. This represented a 31.9 percent increase.The increased cybercrime activity has been echoed by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, which had more than 150,000 of its Kenyan users attacked by malware mainly disguised as the names of artists and songs nominated for a Grammy 2020 award.

The firm detected a 39 percent rise in attacks (attempts to download or run malicious files) under the guise of nominees’ work in 2019, compared to 2018. Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Post Malone were attackers’ favourites, with these nominees’ names used most often in 2019 as a disguise for malware. 1,598 users fell prey to malware disguised as musician Billie Eilish in a sophisticated cyberattack. Kaspersky said that cybercriminals were abusing the artistes and their songs to spread malware.

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