Check Point Report Reveals Surge in Cyber Threats in South Africa

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By Afritech Media 3 Min Read

Check Point Software Technologies has revealed a significant rise in cyber threats in South Africa targeting websites and key industries.

Among the top three industries targeted in February were utilities, manufacturing, and consultancies.

One of the notable threats identified in the report is FakeUpdates, also known as SocGholish, which has been active since at least 2017. This JavaScript malware primarily targets websites, particularly those utilizing content management systems.

Despite efforts to combat it, FakeUpdates remains a prevalent threat, aiming to deceive users into downloading malicious software. The malware is associated with the Russian cybercrime group Evil Corp and poses a serious risk to website security and user data.

Maya Horowitz, VP of Research at Check Point Software, emphasized the critical role of websites as essential components of our digital world, serving as vital platforms for communication, commerce, and connectivity.

Defending these digital storefronts against cyber threats is crucial not only for safeguarding code but also for protecting online presence and preserving the functions of our interconnected society.

Horowitz stressed the necessity of implementing proactive measures and fostering a culture of zero tolerance towards cyber threats to ensure comprehensive protection.

Key findings from South Africa revealed the most prevalent malware families, including FakeUpdates (SocGholish), Qbot (Qakbot), AsyncRat, Formbook, and Nanocore, each posing distinct risks to cybersecurity. Additionally, emerging threats such as Tepfer, Glupteba, and Injuke were identified, highlighting the evolving nature of cyber threats in the region.

The report also shed light on vulnerabilities in web servers, with directory traversal and command injection being highly exploitable, affecting a significant portion of organizations globally.

Furthermore, insights from other African countries, including Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique, underscored the widespread impact of cyber threats across the continent.

The report emphasized the urgent need for organizations to strengthen their cybersecurity defenses in response to the evolving threat landscape. Maya Horowitz reiterated the importance of proactive cybersecurity measures to mitigate risks, safeguard critical digital assets, and uphold the integrity of online operations in the face of escalating cyber threats.

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