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EFSA cooperates with SABRIC to produce fraud warnings for e-shops

EFSA and SABRIC (The South African Banking Risk Information Centre) have prepared a number of advice messages for e-shops after SABRIC noted a spike in malicious attacks on e-shops last year. These messages can be found in the SABRIC website https://www.sabric.co.za/stay-safe/online-shopping/ and EFSA is rotating them on our website (www.ecomafrica.org).

The SA Parliament is, at last, completing the process of adopting the Cybercrime Bill. It has been a long wait. Cybercriminals, on the other hand, continue to be active – and they are targeting the SA. The latest scam uses the names of artists and songs nominated in Grammy awards in order to spread malware. Kaspersky technologies have detected a 39% rise in attacks (attempts to download or run malicious files) under the guise of nominees’ work in 2019, compared to 2018. In SA the artist to attract the most attacks has been Billie Eilish – there was 205 malware disguised as Billie Eilish songs in 2018, while 2019 saw this number increased to 15,354.

Meanwhile, in Asia, Interpol has identified a new malware called a JavaScript-sniffer which has been targeting online shopping Web sites. The malware steals customers’ payment card details and personal data such as names, addresses and phone numbers, sending the information to command and control (C2) servers controlled by the cybercriminals. So far the attacks seem to be confined to Asia where hundreds of e-shops were found to be infected by the malware. Interpol is hopeful that it has caught all those involved. However this again proves how attentive everyone needs to be to avoid being the victim of attacks.

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Shahrain Coovadia

Shahrain Coovadia is a Cyber Security Consultant at Deloitte, South Africa. Prior to joining Deloitte she started a web-design studio, and worked at the University of Cape Town as a teaching facilitator. Shahrain graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Commerce Honours specialising in Information Systems. She currently facilitates web & database management for Ecommerce Forum South Africa (EFSA).

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