South Africa: Phishing, Fraud and Cyber-Policies


D.R. Swinhoe

Following on from our focus on IT security in East and West Africa, we turn our focus onto South Africa. Fighting to become one of the biggest emerging markets, it is struggling with various issues. Rural areas lack proper communications infrastructure, connection speeds are incredibly low, and despite relatively low numbers of internet users it ranks higher than it would like on cyber-crime statistics.

Stats

While the number of viruses in the country are relatively high, the good news is that the figures are declining, albeit slowly. The number of worms decreased in the last quarter of 2011 by 0.9%, while trojans were also down. According to Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) there was malware detected on 8.1 of every 1 000 computers scanned in SA in the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to the worldwide average of 7.1 for the same period. While still unacceptably high, it…

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