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Cybersecurity A Major Concern in Africa

Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky has reported 28 million cyber attacks and 102 million detections of potentially unwanted applications (PUA) – such as pornware and adware – in sub-Saharan Africa so far this year. Results from a study over a 7-month period ended early August showed that there were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million PUA detections – which is four times as much – in Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria. Kenyan and South African threat landscapes have been more intense. There were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections in the latter while Kenyan users faced even more malware attacks – around 14 million – and 41 million PUA appearances. “These numbers show that it’s not only the malware that attacks users but also the grey zone programs that grow in popularity and disturb their experiences, while users might not even know it is there,” Kapersky said in a report. Potentially unwanted applications are programs that are usually not considered to be malicious by themselves but they generally influence user experience in a negative way. Adware for instance fills user devices with ads; aggressive monetizing software propagates unrequested paid offers; downloaders may download even more various applications on the device, sometimes malicious ones.