Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Capital Business
Capital Business
The trend highlights the growing threat that millions of internet users in Kenya face today as attackers become more aggressive and complex/FILE

Corporate

Nigerian suspected to be behind global cyber attacks

Over 4,000 globally have been targeted by cyber attacks which aim to infect networks, steal data and commit fraud in the last four months/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 23 – A Nigerian national is behind numerous cyber attacks targeting companies and personal computers in the last four months.

An Israeli technology company, Check Point Software, says it has notified law enforcement officers in Nigeria and internationally about the individual, who according to cyber security experts uses a malware called NetWire.

The malware is a remote access Trojan which allows full control over infected machines and Hawkeye which is a key logging program.

This enables harvesting of a variety of information from infected machines, such as details on the companies’ operations, assets and intellectual property.

These can have a value far greater than the thousands of dollars obtained by fraud.

Over 4,000 globally have been targeted by cyber attacks which aim to infect networks, steal data and commit fraud in the last four months.

Check Point further reveals that the unnamed attacker works on his own.

“On his social media accounts, he uses the motto: ‘get rich or die trying’. His attack campaign uses fraudulent emails which appear to originate from oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco, the world’s second largest daily oil producer, targeting financial staff within companies to trick them into revealing company bank details, or open the email’s malware-infected attachment,” Check Point says in a press release.

Check Point’s findings come at a time when America’s FBI has reported a 270 percent increase in victims of cyber attack since the start of 2016, costing organizations globally over US $3 billion from 2013 to 2016.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.
Click to comment
Advertisement

More on Capital Business

Executive Lifestyle

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The country’s super wealthy individuals are increasing their holding of bonds, gold and cash, a new report by Knight...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi has urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution when making any...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi is set to own half of Centum Investment Company PLC, following a go-ahead...

Headlines

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Commercial Banks have been ordered to provide relief to borrowers on their personal loans, with loans eligible from March...

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun17 – Kenya’s tea leaves manufacturer Kericho Gold, has been awarded the Superbrands Seal by Superbrands East Africa for their quality variety...

Coronavirus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Airtel Kenya is offering free internet access for students in order to enable continued learning at home in the...

Coronavirus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – As the local telecommunications industry gears up to roll out 5G networks in the country, the Communications Authority of...

Ask Kirubi

It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the whole world by surprise. Although its full impact is yet to be...