Thawte: Cybercrime is a ‘national crisis’ in South Africa

Government officials and computer security leaders in South Africa are elevating cybercrime to a threat on a national scale in the effort to highlight the many negative consequences it can have for consumers and businesses. The challenges faced by South Africans, who are much more likely to utilize mobile devices over PCs and laptops for business use, also illustrate the difficulties of preventing mobile malware from disrupting privacy. At a recent cybersecurity meeting, South African Center for Information Security CEO Beza Belayneh stated that South Africa experienced the third highest rate of phishing attacks in the world, and that cybercrime was comparable in scale to the nation’s HIV/Aids epidemic, Creamer Media reported. Read more

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