Cybercriminals attack Nigeria, South Africa, others with ransomware …

PHOTO: FORBES

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Stakeholders want October as national cybersecurity awareness month

Activities of cyber criminals are on the increase with new wave of attacks on some African countries, including Nigeria.

According to CheckPoint’s survey, five African nations were among the top 10 most-attacked countries in November, as cybercriminals made increasing use of ransomware attacks using the Locky and Cryptowall viruses, capable of damaging up to 50 per cent of the data.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. It is usually aimed at individuals.

This is even as stakeholders in Nigeria’s converged information and communications technology, ICT and broadcasting sectors have asked the Federal Government to consider the adoption of October as the national cybersecurity awareness month in line with global best practices as a matter of urgent national priority.

According to Checkpoint, a Software

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