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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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Russian hacking group targeting local banks

Russian hacking group targeting local banks

Source: Fin24 An infamous Russian-speaking hacking group – referred to as Silence – is the likely culprit making thousands of attempts to hack major banks in sub-Saharan Africa, cybersecurity company Kaspersky Labs said on Monday. The group is called...

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New WhatsApp scam targets South Africans

New WhatsApp scam targets South Africans

By Phillip de Wet for Business Insider SA Scammers are separating helpful South Africans from their money in what appears to be a wave of fraud that relies on hijacking WhatsApp accounts – and then simply asking for money. The scammers first take control of a...

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Five DStv scams to avoid this Christmas

Five DStv scams to avoid this Christmas

By Tom Head for The South African If you’re a subscriber to the network, take note. At least five major DStv scams have been identified this year: here’s how to play it safe. ‘Tis the season to be cautious, folks. There are a myriad of DStv scams waiting...

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You should be using spaces in your passwords

You should be using spaces in your passwords

By Aaron Holmes for Business Insider US The most effective way to protect yourself against hackers is to build good password habits, experts say. Cybersecurity experts shared straightforward tips with Business Insider that can make it exponentially harder for hackers...

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Retailers must prepare for cybercrime spikes

Retailers must prepare for cybercrime spikes

Retailers are increasingly coming under attack by cybercriminals, and there is little wonder why. They process payments on oftentimes unprotected Point of Sale (POS) systems, transfer large sums of money, and store and process sensitive customer information, such as...

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How criminals will target shoppers this Black Friday

How criminals will target shoppers this Black Friday

Source: Supermarket & Retailer Criminals will likely target the influx of shoppers bustling to get their festive season shopping done over the next few weeks, says Charnel Hattingh, national marketing and communications manager at Fidelity ADT. Hattingh said that...

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Construction industry under siege

Construction industry under siege

Armed gangs are increasingly invading construction sites across the country, harassing workers and threatening violence unless their employment demands are met. Databuild CEO Morag Evans believes that unless contractors take a firm stand against these so-called...

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City of Joburg website still down after cyberattack

City of Joburg website still down after cyberattack

On 25 October, the City of Johannesburg tweeted that it had been the victim of a network breach, where it was forced to shut down various systems including its website, e-services, and billing systems. Business Day reported that a ransom note, sent by Shadow Kill...

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South Africa is under cyberattack

South Africa is under cyberattack

South Africa is facing one of the largest cyber attacks it has ever seen, with banks, ISPs, and the government being targeted. In the last two months: The City of Johannesburg fell victim to a cyberattack which led to its information systems becoming compromised, and...

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Discovery Bank uncovers major security flaw

Discovery Bank uncovers major security flaw

Discovery Bank discovered a system flaw on Monday which allowed the incorrect credit card card verification value (CVV) numbers to be used for online payments. The CVV is the last three digits on the back of a bank card, and is considered a critical as a last-ditch...

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