14 December 2017

South Africa: Christmas Unleashes Cyber Crooks On Online Consumers

Johannesburg — CONSUMERS eager to spend on their festive season gift online could be at risk of losing up to R68 228 (over US$12 400) per incident as fraudsters across the world are on the prowl to fill up their own Christmas 'stockings.'

This is according to a security strategist in the wake of the rise in adoption of multiple devices by consumers. These include mobile phones, tablets, laptops and personal computers.

The massive adoption is coupled with the fact that more countries have greater bandwidth available to them now than they did in the past.

It is thus predictable that 2017 is expected to be the worst year ever in cybercrime incidents during the festive season.

Mark Thomas, Security Strategist for global information technology group, Dimension Data, said over the next six weeks, there would be an an increase in email phishing campaigns, ransomware attacks, banking trojans as well as the emergence of fraudulent websites that promote special deals such as discounted holiday packages.

"Fraudulent gift cards, which may take you to an untrusted site or allow a download of a file to your computer that could compromise your device, will also become more prevalent," Thomas said.

Also on cybercriminals' shopping list are bogus shipping delivery status notifications designed to entice you to click on malicious links, unsolicited emails offerings special deals, and fake receipts for online purchases which prompt you to open attachments containing ransomware.

Thomas offered some tips including never using public Wi-Fi when making online purchases and never open e-mails, click on links, or open attachments from unfamiliar sources.

Consumers must download legitimate applications from known, trusted sources onto their devices and be wary of unsolicited emails that promise exciting offers.'

They must opt for credit card rather than debit card.

South Africa

3 Dead in 2 Separate Shack Fires in Cape Town

Three people have died in two separate shack fires in Cape Town, the City's Fire and Rescue Services said on Sunday. Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 CAJ News Agency. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.