Connect with us

Technology

16.8 million Nigerians are Cyberattacked through Ad-supported Apps

Published

on

Ad-supported Apps

A multinational cybersecurity business named Kaspersky conducted a study on the threat environment in a few African nations, recording over 28 million malware assaults and 102 million potentially undesirable apps in the smartphones of numerous people in Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria.

According to a statement made by Kaspersky, the proliferation of PUAs and hacks occurred over a seven-month period.

According to the cybersecurity and antivirus company, a PUA is any software that a user did not choose to install on their device. The ad-supported software is one example of such a program (or adware).

These are pieces of software that show unsolicited adverts on computers. When they infect mobile devices, they are referred to as malware. Pornware is a type of PUA that shows pornographic content on devices.

Some PUAs are lawfully designed applications, however, they may be exploited to pose unique risks to users, such as the distribution of harmful software such as spyware, viruses, or other malware. Cybercriminals may purposefully conceal malware into PUAs, advertising websites, or supporting software.

According to the cybersecurity firm, not only are PUAs growing more widespread, but they are also more effective than traditional malicious software. Researchers have found that attacks on PUAs users occur four times more frequently than attacks on traditional malicious software.

ALSO READ  Orange to Invest €50m in African Start-ups

For example, if over 16.8 million PUAs were detected in Nigeria over a seven-month period, 3.8 million malware assaults were also revealed to have occurred more than four times in the nation over that same period of time.

“The reason ‘grey zone’ software is becoming more popular is that it is more difficult to detect at first and that if the program is identified, its designers will not be deemed hackers “explained Kaspersky security expert Denis Parinov. “The issue with them is that consumers are not always aware that they agreed to the installation of such apps on their device, and in some situations, such apps are abused or used as a cover for malware downloads.”

In South Africa, around 10 million malicious software assaults were detected, and 43 million Puas were discovered throughout the review period. According to Kaspersky, internet users in Kenya face greater threats, with over 14 million malicious software discovered, and 43 million PUAs identified.

These kinds of cyberattacks were also popular in Kenya but were largely carried out by unlicensed and dishonest financial institutions.

Because of this, many people who wanted to get involved in trading started to search Capex Broker review, in order to find out whether or not a certain broker was among the scam financial companies and were licensed or not, as everyone who advertised something online was thought to be a fake.

ALSO READ  CPN Accredits NCDMB’s ICT Centre in Akwa-Ibom as Training Begins

However, it is also perilous for Nigeria since the potential harm these assaults might inflict on the local digital realm is tremendous.

Potentially unwanted apps (PUAs) are apps that are not dangerous in and of themselves. However, they typically have a detrimental impact on user experience. Adware, for example, floods user devices with advertisements; aggressive monetization software spreads unwanted paid offers; and downloaders may install other apps on the device, including harmful ones.

The researchers discovered that PUAs infect users nearly four times more frequently than regular malware when computing interim findings of threat landscape activity in African countries. They also eventually reach more people: for example, in South Africa, the virus would target 415,000 people in seven months, whereas PUA would target 736,000.

This specific danger, according to Geoffrey Cleaves, Head of Secure-D at Upstream, preys on the most susceptible.

“The fact that the virus is pre-installed on smartphones purchased in their millions by normally low-income households tells you all you need to know about what the business is now up against,” according to him.

ALSO READ  Computer Accessories To Make Life Easy

According to Kaspersky’s research, three out of every ten devices are in danger of having undeletable applications on their phones, making them an ideal target for dangerous malware.

According to the Interpol Cybercrime COVID-19 Impact, phishing is the most serious concern worldwide, followed by malware and ransomware, harmful sites, and fake news. According to the research, the COVID-19-related attacks were mostly social engineering attempts.

Malware and adware may infiltrate devices in two ways. Freeware can install malicious software or advertising applications on a device.

Shareware is software that is shared for the purpose of the trial, whereas freeware is software that may be used for free. Users can obtain adware on their devices by visiting infected websites, which results in the download and installation of software that is never used.

PUA may be used to steal money from unknowing users in addition to spamming your device. According to the paper, PUA programs are not often deemed harmful in and of themselves. However, they typically have a detrimental impact on user experience.

Adware, for example, floods the user’s device with advertisements; aggressive monetization software spreads unrequested paid offers; and downloaders may install other, often harmful, apps on the device.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Technology

What’s Next for the African Tech Revolution?

Published

on

Kay Akinwunmi Zazuu Tech Revolution

By Kay Akinwunmi

In many parts of Africa, a tech revolution is underway. It’s predicted 475 million people will be mobile internet users by 2025.

Devices, networks and emerging forms of technology are proliferating, not least in Nigeria which, through R&D, has the potential to become a regional leader in AI and Blockchain.

Driven by an exploding population, (the average age of which is just 19.7 years old), Africa can become a tech powerhouse.

According to the World Economic Forum, between 2015 and 2020 tech start-ups receiving financial backing was six times faster than the global average. Despite the challenge of retaining later-stage funding, it’s an exciting time to be an African tech start-up, whose strength lies in retaining a local identity.

When Uber launched in Nigeria, it was forced to change its payment options to include cash, and this is a small example of a much bigger truth: in Africa, models that work elsewhere can rarely – if ever – be replicated without some adjustments having to be made to cater for local tastes and modes of behaviour.

This is not unique to Africa: China’s WeChat, described as an “app for everything”, has an interface many Westerners would find awkward to use, ugly, or undesirable; the same is probably true of Western apps looked at from a Chinese point of view. And this is one reason why anyone starting a business for the African market must have a presence on the ground in Africa: so that whatever they build looks and feels local.

ALSO READ  Indian Phone Maker Lava Technologies Explores Nigerian Market

But it is also one reason why the tech boom is so exciting: it gives Africans the power to develop African products that are uniquely, visibly African. Africans are best-placed to identify African opportunities, as well as African problems. Through tech, they can develop solutions in a distinctly African way.

And this is something that has been denied to Africans for a long time. The reality is that big corporations can have a homogenising effect as they expand overseas, diluting local cultures.

Tech, though innately international and borderless, celebrates diversity by giving power to the individual, wherever they happen to be. And that means that over time, through tech, Africa will be able to shape its own commercial identity: its own principles around user experience, brand and design.

By giving companies and the products they produce a uniquely African identity – an identity that reflects African people and culture – tech can strengthen that culture and showcase it to the world.

ALSO READ  Financial Inclusion: Nigerian Start-up, 9 Others Jostle for $200,000

Tech also has the power to help Africa address a wealth of more serious issues, some of which have not just been persistent but seemingly intractable.

EdTech, for example, provides a solution to limited access to education for Africans, especially in poorer rural areas. Start-ups like PataTutor, based in Kenya, connects students with qualified private or online tutors, while uLesson, based in Nigeria, sells digital curricula through SD cards.

HealthTech, too, could give Africans the means to speak to medical professionals via video call or assess any symptoms they might have. In 2020, capital for health tech start-ups on the continent rose 257.5 per cent from 2019, according to a Disrupt Africa report, spurred in part by the pandemic, which shed light on the gap in healthcare services and forced healthcare providers to adjust their models and digitalise quickly.

Increasing internet penetration also means that remote working is likely to increase across Africa, and that may mean that those working abroad can return home. Some in the diaspora are returning home already. And as the cost of data comes down and the internet gets faster, the tech wave will build and roll over more of the continent.

ALSO READ  NCC Applauds Airtel's Customer Feedback Mechanism

We may not even be able to conceive at this stage of the kinds of brands, products, services and new forms of technology that might emerge out of a bustling and uniquely African tech scene. And with all this comes greater foreign investment in Africa and less brain drain, which strips Africa of some of its most talented people.

There is still a way to go before Africa’s tech industries become sustainable and world-leading. Significant problems remain later-stage funding, supply chain disruption and cybercrime:

Nigeria has more tech hubs than any other country on the continent but is also plagued by mobile malware. But through innovation and the need to diversify its economy, Africa will advance. At Zazuu, we’re proud to be part of Africa’s growth, using tech to meet the needs of African people.

Kay Akinwunmi is the co-founder of Zazuu

Continue Reading

Technology

NCC Denies Renewing Airtel Nigeria’s Operating License

Published

on

Airtel Nigeria SIM update

By Adedapo Adesanya

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has refuted claims by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr Olusegun Ogunsanya, that the company’s operating licence has been renewed.

Mr Ogunsanya was quoted in the media last week as saying that the 10-year operating licence of Airtel Nigeria had been renewed by the agency, which regulates the telecommunications industry in the country.

But in a statement issued on Sunday by the NCC Director of Public Affairs, Mr Ikechukwu Adinde, the commission categorically said this was totally untrue.

ALSO READ  Fourth Industrial Revolution: NITDA Working to Ensure Job Security—DG

Though the NCC admitted that Airtel Nigeria has applied for a renewal of its licence, it was yet to approve this as it was still under scrutiny.

It was reported that Mr Ogunsanya made the claim when he spoke with newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, during the media launch of Airtel’s corporate social responsibility programme, Touching Lives 6.

“The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has been drawn to a recent statement on an online publication credited to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr Olusegun Ogunsanya, to the effect that the mobile operating licence of Airtel has been renewed by the Commission for another period of 10 years.

ALSO READ  Financial Inclusion: Nigerian Start-up, 9 Others Jostle for $200,000

Mr Ogunsanya was said to have made the statement while speaking in Lagos on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, during the media launch of Airtel’s corporate social responsibility programme, ‘Touching Lives 6’.

“The commission wishes to state that while Airtel Nigeria has applied for the renewal of the Unified Access Service (UASL) Licence granted to it by the Commission, the application is yet to be approved as it is still undergoing [the] required regulatory process.

ALSO READ  Indian Phone Maker Lava Technologies Explores Nigerian Market

“This statement is issued for the guidance of our stakeholders,” the full statement read.

Continue Reading

Technology

Comviva Introduces mobiquity Pay X

Published

on

mobiquity Pay X

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A platform designed to enhance all aspects of digital financial solutions called mobiquity Pay X has been introduced by Comviva, the global leader in mobility solutions.

A statement from Comviva said the new next-generation platform comes with enhanced security, simpler user lifecycle management & experience, among others.

The mobiquity Pay X is said to be completely built on microservices-based architecture with fully independent and reusable components.

The enhanced modularity facilitates faster time to market and greater scalability and has enabled Open APIs to easily integrate with third-party systems and extended financial ecosystem.

ALSO READ  NCC Applauds Airtel's Customer Feedback Mechanism

To enhance user experience, the platform now offers a revamped slicker mobile app for consumers, agents, merchants and other business users and provides an advanced User Management System (UMS) that allows back-office users to easily manage the complete lifecycle of consumers, agents, merchants, and other business users seamlessly. Its intuitive user interface, predefined templates and real-time feedback help quickly perform operations.

ALSO READ  Fourth Industrial Revolution: NITDA Working to Ensure Job Security—DG

mobiquity® Pay is amongst the world’s largest digital financial services platforms, powering over 70 digital wallets and payment services for 130+ million consumers and processing over 7 billion transactions exceeding $130 billion annually in more than 50 countries.

“COVID has significantly accelerated the growth of digital financial services and the entire financial ecosystem is growing at its fastest pace ever.

“Customer demand and public health priorities are pushing contactless payment adoption and our next generation mobiquity Pay X platform shall help financial service providers scale their digital wallet and payment services faster and seamlessly.

ALSO READ  Computer Accessories To Make Life Easy

“With this new platform, Comviva has completely automated the software delivery process. The time to market has improved significantly with continuous product development, integration, testing, release and deployment,” the EVP and Chief Growth and Transformation Officer at Comviva, Srinivas Nidugondi, said.

Continue Reading

Like Our Facebook Page

Latest News on Business Post

Trending

%d bloggers like this: