Category archives for: IT Security

Russia’s silent assassins defraud African banks

Cyber attack

by SAVIOUS KWINIKA  JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – BANKS in Sub-Saharan Africa are at the mercy of a Russian speaking hacking group, most likely to be the infamous Silence outfit previously responsible for the theft of millions of dollars from banks across the world. The Silence group is one of the most active Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) […]

Windows7 demise leaves users vulnerable to cyber crooks

Microsoft's Windows 7

by MTHULISI SIBANDA  Africa Editor JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – AS of January 14, a quarter of the world’s personal computers (PCs) will be more vulnerable to ransomware as Windows 7 end of life. Microsoft ended mainstream support of Windows 7 in 2015, giving users five years to ready themselves for the software to reach end of […]

SA exchanges tackle cyber-criminal syndicates

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by AKANI CHAUKE  JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – ADMINISTRATORS of South Africa’s Internet Exchanges (INXs) have joined the global fight against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that have in recent weeks. Internet service providers (ISPs) have been on the receiving end of the attacks blamed on organised criminal syndicates. INXs are creating a so-called ‘blackhole’ that […]

Women overseas hit by Nigeria romance scams

Nigeria fraudsters bust for conning overseas-based women

from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria ABUJA, (CAJ News) – A NIGERIA court has sentenced three fraudsters for conning overseas-based women of thousands of dollars through online romance scams. Illoh Joseph Chiedu, Opara Donald and Daniel Uduoborie were sentenced to seven months in prison for defrauding their victims of a combined US$11 100 (R163 140) […]

Internet providers slam proposed ban on adult content

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by MTHULISI SIBANDA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA (ISPA) has opposed proposals to block adult web content, a move that authorities believe will not protect local children. ISPA believes the orders by the Law Reform Commission of South Africa (LRC) on the ISPs as “an exceptionally bad solution to […]

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