Kenya: System Malware Key Security Breach COmmunication Authority Data Shows

Communication Authority of Kenya data indicates that system malware formed majority of cyber security threat in the fourth Quarter of 2018.

The data shows that during the quarter, the National Cybersecurity Centre (NCC) detected over 3.4 million cyber threats, with more than half of those coming from malware and Botnet/DDOS at 1,665,961 and 1,023,388 respectively

Other vectors included Web application attacks, System Misconfiguration, Online Abuse and Online Impersonation at 771518, 932, 647 and 34 respectively.


‘’During the quarter, the NCC received cases of malware, systems misconfigurations, web application, botnet, online fraud, online impersonation and online abuse attacks. The cyber threats detected varied from denial of service (DOS) including botnet and brute-force attacks that led to denial of computer services and illegal access to computer systems; online impersonation via social media accounts and domain names; web application attacks including website defacement; malware including phishing attacks; online abuse including online fraud, hate speech, incitement to violence and fake news; and systems misconfiguration, among others.’’ Said the report.

The report also showed that of the 3.4 Million cyber threats detected, the National KE-CIRT/CC validated and escalated 2,613 cases during the quarter with System Misconfiguration having the most numbers of escalated cases at 932 cases followed closely by Malware cases at 840 and Online Abuse cases 647.

This even as the government through the ministry of ICT as well as private organisation work hard to protect themselves from cyber related crime.

Earlier in May which falls between the time of the research, President Kenyatta signed into Law the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Bill, 2018, which sought to protect from unlawful obtainment of data among other things