Kenya Hit By Nearly 14 Million Malware Attacks - Kaspersky Report Indicates

Sept. 23, 2020, 4:45 p.m.

A report released by cybersecurity solutions, Kaspersky, has revealed that Kenya has witnessed around 14 million malware attacks and 41 million appearances of Potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) from January to July of 2020.

PUAs are programs that are not considered malicious by themselves, but can negatively affect the experience of the user.

These programs can bombard users with intrusive ads or downloaders that download various programs which may be malicious.

Explaining the reason behind increased PUA attacks, Denis Parinov, a security researcher at Kaspersky, said that PUAs are “harder to notice at first and that if the program is detected, its creators won’t be considered to be cybercriminals.”

“The problem with them is that users are not always aware they consented to the installation of such programs on their device and that in some cases, such programs are exploited or used as a disguise for malware downloads,” he added.

Kaspersky says the numbers show that apart from malware attacks on users, “grey zone” programs that grow in popularity also affect user experiences, while users might not even know it is there.

According to the interim results by the firm’s researchers Africa’s threat landscape activity shows PUAs attack users four times more often than traditional malware.

South Africa and Kenya were also included but the threat landscape in Kenya is “more intense” according to the report.

South Africa had almost 10 million malware attacks and 43 million PUA detections while Nigeria had 3.8 malware attacks with 16.8 million PUA detections.

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