Anglo African weekly news wrap on trending cyber-attacks, to keep you alert

October 10, 2019

 Instagram Adds New Tool to Help Users Identify Phishing Scams. The tool has been introduced following the rise in fake Instagram emails. The new feature introduced by Instagram aims to verify emails sent to users. With the proliferation of phishing scams, users with accounts on different social media sites are finding difficulty in identifying one. To combat this, the popular photo- and video-sharing social network service Instagram has introduced a new tool.

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Attackers waged a variety of attacks against small and medium-sized businesses. This included phishing (57 percent), compromised or stolen devices (33 percent) and credential theft (30 percent). Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the United States have become favorite attack targets for cybercriminals. This is evident from the latest study released by the Ponemon Institute.

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The FBI said that attackers are using social engineering and technical attacks to bypass multifactor authentication. The purpose of this notification is to help system administrators of organizations and MFA solutions to protect their networks against cyber attacks.

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Magecart hackers found out how to get to Sesame Street’s online store – and in all likelihood thousands more merchants – by initially compromising e-commerce and shopping cart service provider Volusion to deliver the credit card-skimming code.

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 The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will hand over the monitoring of the Cyber Essentials scheme to an existing certified organization from April 1, 2020. This move is expected to streamline the operation and simplify the user experience. Cyber Essentials is a U.K. Government-backed scheme that helps organizations stay safe from cyber attacks. It provides multiple certifications for organizations.

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