cybercrime

Cybercrime Costs SA in Excess of R3b – Study

Studies conducted by the University of Johannesburg's Centre for Cyber Security show that South Africa is the most affected by cybercrime in Africa.

Director, Professor Basie Von Solms, points out that the study has found that South Africa is the most affected by cybercrime in Africa, adding that cybercrime is costing the country in excess of R3 billion per annum.

Von Solms states that, “There are some international statistics proving that South Africa is third on the international list of the number of cybercrime victims, we are then number one in the African continent.”

South Africa Must Pay More Attention to Cybercrime

Efforts such as the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) recent ‘Safer Festive Season’ campaign may have increased public awareness of threats such as armed robberies and cash-in-transit heists, but how many South Africans considered their vulnerability to cybercrime during the recent holiday season?

SA Loses R3.7m Due to Cybercrime

South Africa has lost R3.7 billion due to cybercrime over the past year, according to a cybercrime report compiled by global firm, Norton.

The growth of the mobile web in South Africa means more consumers than ever before are vulnerable to cybercrime as they access the internet using their cellphones.

In its report, aimed at understanding how cybercrime affects consumers, and how the adoption and evolution of new technologies affects people’s security, the company states that the top cyber services targeted are Internet banking, ecommerce and social media sites.

New .Org Security to Fight Identity Theft

The domain .org, a company that oversees web addresses ending in .org, says it is introducing extra security measures to guard against identity theft.

The company, which is monitored by the Washington-based Public Interest Registry, is the first generic domain name system (DNS) to adopt the extra measures, but others, such as .com and .net, are expected to follow.

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