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Nigerian consumers, firms witness 32% rise in malware attacks

Nigerian consumers, firms witness 32% rise in malware attacks
Kaspersky, an Internet security firm said in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, its research identified the top malware families as ransomware

When comparing the first quarter of 2021 (Q1) with second quarter of 2021 (Q2), Kaspersky saw a 24 per cent increase in ransomware in Q2 2021 in South Africa, as well as an increase of 14 per cent in crypto-miner malware.In Kenya and Nigeria, Kaspersky saw a large increase in financial/banking trojans in Q2 2021 when compared to the figures for Q1 2021 – a 59 per cent increase in Kenya and a 32 per cent increase in Nigeria.It noted that for the first quarter of 2021, the figures were only slightly lower than 10 per cent, both in relative and absolute terms.Kaspersky, an Internet security firm said in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria, its research identified the top malware families as ransomware, financial/banking trojans, and crypto-miner malware.

Interestingly, in some African countries, including South Africa, the figure was only slightly under the global 10 per cent average, making the African region comparable to that of North America or Europe in terms of cyberattacks.In some parts of the continent like Liberia, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco, Kaspersky saw a slightly higher rate, while other parts showed a lower rate of a five per cent or six per cent average.

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