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SA sees spike in network attacks

SA sees spike in network attacks

According to Kaspersky, a major spike in network attacks took place in South Africa last week. Affected devices increased from 20,000-30,000 to about 310,000 in the period spanning from 15 – 21 March. This has coincided with an increase in remote working in the...

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Beware of these corona-related scams

Beware of these corona-related scams

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) has warned bank clients that cybercriminals are exploiting the current “Coronamania” panic to spread Coronavirus scams. Coronavirus scams exploit people’s concerns for their health and safety and pressure them...

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Criminals are using stolen phones to commit fraud

Criminals are using stolen phones to commit fraud

SABRIC (South African Banking Risk Information Centre) has warned bank clients to protect their mobile devices. The theft of mobile phones is not a new phenomenon; however, there is an emerging trend where mobile phones that are being snatched from owners, affording...

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State security minister, deputy’s phones cloned

State security minister, deputy’s phones cloned

By Jenna Etheridge for News24 The cellphones of State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo, her deputy, Zizi Kodwa, and several officials in the minister’s office have been cloned, the department confirmed on Wednesday. “It looks like the operation is happening...

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Nedbank’s client data hacked

Nedbank’s client data hacked

Source: Xinhuanet Nedbank service provider’s IT systems have been breached, exposing the personal information of up to 1.7 million clients, said the bank last Thursday. Computer Facilities, which does direct marketing for Nedbank by sending short messages and...

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Pay up, or we’ll make Google ban your ads

Pay up, or we’ll make Google ban your ads

Source: KrebsOnSecurity  A new email-based extortion scheme apparently is making the rounds, targeting Web site owners serving banner ads through Google’s AdSense program. In this scam, the fraudsters demand bitcoin in exchange for a promise not to flood the...

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Hackers could shut down satellites

Hackers could shut down satellites

By William Akoto for The Conversation Last month, SpaceX became the operator of the world’s largest active satellite constellation. As of the end of January, the company had 242 satellites orbiting the planet with plans to launch 42,000 over the next decade. This is...

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Thieves steal R480k worth of cell tower batteries

Thieves steal R480k worth of cell tower batteries

By Jamie McKane for MyBroadband The Hawks’ Port Shepstone Serious Organised Crime Investigation and Port Shepstone K9 have announced that they have arrested three suspects on the N2 on Tuesday when they found cellphone network batteries that were reported stolen....

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Warrant of arrest issued for Jacob Zuma

Warrant of arrest issued for Jacob Zuma

Source: IOL The Pietermaritzburg High Court issued an arrest warrant for former president Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, after he skipped court on grounds of needing medical treatment, but High Court Judge Dhaya Pillay stayed the warrant until his corruption trial resumes on...

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Transnet website is now an Indonesian gambling platform

Transnet website is now an Indonesian gambling platform

By Petrus Malherbe for Netwerk24 Instead of information about the eight commercial harbours it runs, the National Ports Authority’s (NPA) website now ostensibly contains information about gambling games in Indonesia, Netwerk24 reported. The National Ports Authority is...

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SA’s huge Windows piracy problem

SA’s huge Windows piracy problem

By Bradley Prior for MyBroadband Only a third of PCs being shipped to Africa include genuine software, which is a reason for the increase in data breaches and malware attacks in the region. This is according to Deniz Ozen, regional general manager for consumer and...

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