Cyber threats in the country drop by 56.59 per cent, CA report reveals

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Kenya has recorded a 56.59 percent drop in the number of cyber threats documented in the country, data from the Communication authority of Kenya (CA) has revealed.

The percentage amounts to about 3.46 million cyber threats that were recorded in the financial quarter ended June 2018 which is a significant drop from the 7.97 million threats recorded in the preceding quarter.

The decrease in the number of threats was attributed to customers adopting online security measures such as using antivirus’, backups and encryptions which safeguarded their devices and servers from attacks.

According to the regulator, 2,613 cases were validated during the quarter under review, these being cases which the National KE-CIRT/CC (the national body that provides information and assistance to its constituents in implementing proactive measures to reduce the risks of computer security) determined as needing intervention because of their magnitude.

The bulk of these cases, according to the regulator, were limited to mis-configurations, malware online abuse, online fraud, online impersonation and botnet.

Subsequently, National KE-CIRT/CC, via the report, advised internet users against using simple passwords and usernames which were susceptible to hacking. In addition the report revealed that the most commonly used user names are root, admin and test while the most common passwords used by internet users are 123456, password and 1234.

“All these are popular default username and password combinations for a majority of products by software and hardware vendors,” the report reads.

Similarly, the authority warned internet users to be on the lookout for malicious websites and mobile applications that promote malicious software to gullible Kenyans. The report also attributed most of these attacks as originating from social media platforms.

According to international technology firm AG, the best way a user can protect his or herself from hacking is by setting up their own Virtual Private Network (VPN) when accessing the internet which makes hacking harder given that the data is encrypted.

 

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