Malware attacks increase as Kenya reports 57.5% rise in cyber threat incidents




A total of 26.6 million cyber threat events were reported to the National Kenya Computer Incident Response Team / Coordination Centre (National KE-CIRT/CC) between April and June this year, compared to 11.3 million cyber threat events detected in the period between January and March 2019 according to the latest industry statistics from Communications Authority of Kenya (CA).

According to the CA, the 57.5 per cent increase in the number of cyber threat events detected is attributed to the global increase in malware including ransomware attacks during this period.

The bulk of the reported incidents were malware attacks which increased from 8.9 million from the previous quarter to over 21 million, followed by Web application attacks which rose from 1.2 million reported incidents between January and March to over 3 million between April and June 2019.  DDoS and Botnet attacks increased from 1.1 million incidents in the previous quarter to around 2.4 million between April and June 2019.

There were about 29,000 System vulnerability cases reported during the quarter under review compared to 13,000 incidents reported in the first quarter of the year.es

Following the reported incidents, the National KE-CIRT/CC analyzed the cyber threat events and issued cyber threat advisories to the affected critical infrastructure service providers. During the period from April to June 2019, the CA report states that National KE-CIRT/CC issued 16,347 advisories, which is a 15.3% increase from the 14,174 advisories sent in the previous period.

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