Month: October 2019

Phishing schemes that target academics

“Typically, the most important and devastating vulnerability a company can have, is its very own people. The human factor, or error, is responsible for 95% of all security incidents. There are significant correlations resulting in lowered susceptibility based on college affiliation, academic year progression, cyber training,  and age demographics.  Approximately 59% of people who opened the phishing email clicked on phishing links, and approximately 70% of those subjects additionally interacted with the phishing site in some way.” Alejandra Diaz, Alan T. Sherman & Anupam Joshi Phishing in an Academic Community:A Study of User Susceptibility and Behavior, Department of Computer...

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The threats of Malware and Ransomware: Part 2

Ransomware are malicious programs that block access to your device until you pay a ransom fee to its creator. It is often very difficult and expensive to remove. What is Ransomware? Ransomware locks and encrypts your files and programs on your computer and demands a ransom for their release. The fee to unlock your device is usually several hundreds of rands. What Does Ransomware Do? Basic ransomware will lock your device so you can’t access your files and programs. More advanced ransomware will encrypt your files completely. You’ll need a special key to decrypt them, which is what the...

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The threats of Malware and Ransomware: Part 1

Viruses are malicious pieces of code that infect your device without your knowledge. They can affect your device’s performance, delete files, send spam, and even corrupt your hard drive. They multiply and spread to other machines, often before you’re aware of an infection. Malware is the general term for any program that is designed to damage, disrupt, or hack a device. Viruses and ransomware are malware. Ransomware are malicious programs that block access to your device until you pay a ransom fee to its creator. It is often very difficult and expensive to remove. What is Malware? Malware is...

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