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SA, France sign anti-cyber crime agreement

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South Africa and France have entered into a cooperation protocol agreement to improve the Special Investigating Unit’s cyber forensic capabilities. The agreement is expected to...

South Africa in top five countries affected by cybercrime in 2022

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South Africa ranked number five globally in a list of countries worst affected by cybercrime in 2022, according to a new report, with 56...

Hardening the root of trust for digital transformation

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It’s common knowledge that cyber-attacks are growing in both frequency and sophistication. Bad actors are more determined and cunning than ever, constantly honing their...

Defending the digital gates

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The cranes that unload containers from ships at two of South Africa’s busiest ports slowed nearly to a halt in July 2021. Trucks waited...

Five things South Africa must do to combat cybercrime

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Cyber-attacks are on the rise globally, with seriously negative implications for countries’ strategic, national, economic and social well-being. A cyber-attack can be defined as an...

CSIR and SIU team up to fight cybercrime

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On the same day Hawks head Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya told the country corruption is undermining safety in South Africa, a partnership to fight...

Cyber security becoming integral to maritime security

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Maritime security is increasingly becoming impossible to achieve without ensuring cyber security, and the ability of states to protect their maritime assets and critical...

Militarising the Metaverse

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The term “metaverse” is becoming ubiquitous with Facebook betting on the metaverse and being renamed to Meta. The metaverse is the convergence of two well-established...

US, Moroccan Special Forces team up for inaugural cyber training

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US Army Soldiers with the 3rd Special Forces Group Tactical Information Support Centre, Expeditionary Cyber Team 2, and Royal Moroccan Special Operations Forces have...

SA Military Academy team flies the flag high at international cyber strategy challenge

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The national defence force acknowledges it is working on cyber defence, but as with much else in the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) the...

Interpol, Hawks and US Secret Service swoop on cyber-criminals

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A gang suspected of swindling a US-based company of Euro 455,000 (about R7,2 million) was taken down in raids across Johannesburg led by investigators...

ISS: Hybrid warfare – Africa beware

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Africa is rapidly becoming a theatre for hybrid threats. Allegations of state-backed information campaigns designed to ramp up divisions in Mali and cyber attacks...

Data breach at ICRC

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A data breach at the International Council of the Red Cross (ICRC) could have serious implications for humanitarian aid according to the United States...

ISS: Keeping the humanitarian sector in Africa safe from digital threats

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Last month’s cyber-attack on the International Committee of the Red Cross and its affiliated bodies showed that the humanitarian community isn’t immune from cybercrime....

Deluge of digital repression threatens African security

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African governments are using the pretext of security to restrict digital communications and citizens’ rights. In the process, they are inadvertently contributing to economic...

Look out for these cybersecurity trends in 2022

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By all accounts, Africa’s post-pandemic future looks bright because innovation, enthusiasm and technology will support economic growth in 2022. But there is a dark...

Ransomware attack on Australian utility claimed by Russian-speaking criminals

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One of the most prolific Russian-speaking ransomware gangs has claimed credit for a weekend attack on an Australian electric utility serving millions of people. Australian...

Lamola welcomes ramping of Cybercrimes Act

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Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has welcomed the coming into operation of certain sections of the Cybercrimes Act, with effect from 1...

Burkina Faso lifts internet suspension a day after violent protest

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The Burkina Faso government said it was lifting a suspension on the mobile internet from Sunday evening, a week after imposing the ban for...

Israel slashes list of countries that can buy cyber tech – report

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Israel slashed its list of countries eligible to buy its cyber technologies following concern over possible abuses abroad of a hacking tool sold by...

Burkina Faso government extends internet suspension amid protests

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Burkina Faso’s government, facing mounting public anger over repeated killings by Islamist militants, extended its suspension of mobile internet service on Wednesday while offering...

Iran’s Mahan Air says its has foiled a cyber attack – TV

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A cyber attack against Iranian private airline Mahan Air has been foiled, Iranian state media reported on Sunday, adding that the airliner's flight schedule...

ISS: Pandora Papers and the power of open-source data

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Alternative forms of data can force accountability, especially in countries where the democratic space is being eroded. On 3 October the International Consortium of Investigative...

Probe into Indonesian police hack underway

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Indonesian police are investigating claims by a hacker who said stolen personal data of thousands of police officers has been stolen, the latest cyberattack...

Facebook says hackers in Pakistan targeted Afghan users amid government collapse

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Hackers from Pakistan used Facebook to target people in Afghanistan with connections to the previous government during the Taliban’s takeover of the country, the...

Calls for new laws as tech fuels ‘explosion’ of online sex abuse

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As a schoolgirl, Sarah Cooper became close to an online buddy called “J”, bonding over a love of pop singers like Lady Gaga and...

US to partner with Israel to combat ransomware attacks

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The US Treasury Department said on Sunday it will partner with Israel to combat ransomware, with the two countries launching a joint task force...

US blacklists Israeli hacking tool vendor NSO Group

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The US Commerce Department added Israel's NSO Group and Candiru to its trade blacklist on Wednesday, saying they sold spyware to foreign governments that...

Iran says cyberattack causes widespread disruption at gas stations

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A cyberattack disrupted the sale of heavily subsidised gasoline in Iran on Tuesday, state media reported, causing long queues at gas stations across the...

Hackers-for-hire are biggest cybersecurity threat – EU agency

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Hackers-for-hire emerged as the biggest threat to online security in the last 15 months, with the COVID-19 pandemic and home working creating opportunities for...

African countries “vulnerable” to cybercrime – Interpol

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A new Interpol report will assist African agencies charged with combatting cybercrime to better understand major threats and formulate a co-ordinated regional response. Cybercrimes, the...

Governments turn tables on ransomware gang REvil by pushing it offline – sources

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The ransomware group REvil was itself hacked and forced offline this week by a multi-country operation, according to three private sector cyber experts working...

US moves to control sales of hacking tools abroad

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The US Commerce Department on Wednesday announced new rules intended to curb the sale of offensive cybersecurity products to some countries with "authoritarian" practices,...

Eswatini tells mobile operators to suspend Facebook access after protests

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Mobile operators in the southern African kingdom of Eswatini have been told to suspend access to Facebook and its messenger app, the local unit...

China-linked hacking group accessing call records

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A hacking group with suspected ties to China burrowed into mobile telephone networks worldwide and used specialised tools to grab call records and text...

Fake Facebook accounts in Sudan shut

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Facebook shut down two large networks targeting users in Sudan in recent months, as civilian and military leaders spar over the future of an...

FBI, Hawks net R100 million internet scam suspects

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Eight foreign nationals, aged between 33 and 52, were on Tuesday morning arrested for their links to an alleged R100 million internet scam during...

US authorities disclose ransomware attacks against water facilities

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US authorities said on Thursday that four ransomware attacks had penetrated water and wastewater facilities in the past year, and they warned similar plants...

Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime

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Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting led by the United States that is aimed at combating the growing threat of...

China has won AI battle with US, Pentagon’s ex-software chief says

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China has won the artificial intelligence (AI) battle with the United States and is heading towards global dominance because of its technological advances, the...

Department of Justice contains ransomware attack

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The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development says it has made strides in recovery after its IT systems experienced a ransomware attack last month. During...

Personal information potentially compromised in ransomware attack, says Justice department

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At least 1 200 files, which include the names, banking details and contact details of those who have submitted personal information to the Department...

White House plans 30-country meeting on cyber crime and ransomware – official

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Top US national security advisers will gather officials from 30 countries this month with plans to combat the growing threat of ransomware and other...

SA, UK to co-host dialogue on cybercrimes

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South Africa and the United Kingdom will today co-host the inaugural Information Communication Technology (ICT) Cyber Dialogue. According to the Department of International Relations and...

Russia boosts online monitoring tools in clampdown on banned content

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Russia will add three new tools to its technological arsenal as part of its fight against banned content online, state procurement documents showed, a...

US court orders Facebook to release records of anti-Rohingya content for genocide case

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A US federal judge has ordered Facebook to release records of accounts connected to anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar that the social media giant had...

No ransom paid to alleged hackers – Department of Justice

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The Justice and Constitutional Development Department has clarified a media report that hackers demanded a R33 million ransom, following a ransomware attack on the...

Cyber crime spreads in Australia as COVID-19 pushes more people online

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Australia reported on Wednesday a 13% jump in cyber crime in the past year, with about one incident in four targeting critical infrastructure and...

Ex-US intel operatives admit hacking American networks for UAE

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Three former US intelligence operatives who worked as cyber spies for the United Arab Emirates admitted to violating US hacking laws and prohibitions on...

Suspect arrested for massive 2020 data breach

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The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit has arrested a 36-year-old suspect in Gauteng following the August 2020 data breach at Experian. In a statement,...