KENYA CYBER ATTACKS ON THE RISE
Kenyan organizations were hit by about 37.1 million cyber terrorizations in the last three months of last year likened to the previous quarter, representing a 47.3 percent increase. New information from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) shows that its event reply center noticed rising cases of malware, web application attacks, system misconfiguration and online abuse.
The CA’s cyber intelligence team so issued 16,637 cyber threat advisories to the precious, a 2.8 percent increase from the 17,127 warnings between July and September 2019.“During the period between October and December 2019, the National Kenya Computer Incident Response Team/Coordination Centre noticed 37.1 million cyber danger events as compared to 25.2 million cyber threat events sensed in the period July — September 2019,” said the CA.
“This was a 47.3 percent upsurge as compared to the previous quarter, which is credited to an exponentially high number of malware threats noticed, as established by increased number of cyber threat advisories issued during the quarter.”The rise in cyber threats has involuntary firms, especially in the monetary sector, to be watchful and created businesses chances for others as they spent more on protection.
Kenyan businesses lose billions of shillings and troves of sensitive information to hackers every year, according to experts and various reports. Kenya lost about Sh18 billion to cybercrime in 2016, according to an ICT security survey led by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) and the CA.The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) cautioned in 2017 local lenders are exposed to cyber attacks and ICT-enabled deception.The CBK noted that data on fraud stated to Banking Fraud and Investigation Department indicates cases connecting to computer, mobile and Internet banking are rising.
The industry regulator has since through cyber security guidelines to help banks deal with cybercrimes and make for emerging threats.Kenyan banks were among the organizations beleaguered in a large-scale attack against computers worldwide, ICT Secretary Joe Mucheru said in 2017.