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Archives | GERGABlog

Month: August 2017

The “Stranded Traveler” scam – how it works…


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“Hi. Just writing to let you know my trip to Manila, Philippines with my family has been a mess…I need you to loan me some money. I’ll refund it to you as soon as I arrive home.” or… “How are you and your family doing? hope this email find you all in good health and spirit. I am currently in Burkina Faso on vacation but i will return back as soon as possible due to my poor health. I have tried calling you severally but didn’t get through, please can you call me on … as soon as you...

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Spear-phishing is not a new water sport…


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According to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC), South Africans lose in excess of R2.2bn to internet fraud and phishing attacks annually! This gives South Africa the embarrassing status of having the third highest number of cybercrime victims worldwide! South Africa has suffered more cybercrime attacks than any other country in Africa. Antonio Forzieri, Cyber Security Practise Lead: EMEA at Symantec, is quoted as saying that “one in 214 emails sent in South Africa during 2014 was a spear-phishing attack.” This morning’s attack on the University of Stellenbosch was a spear-phishing attack. (“spear-phishing” is not a new...

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How strong is your password – really?


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As if the recent ransomware scares and cleverly disguised phishing scams weren’t enough to keep you up at night, password breaches continue to make news. Although “online safety” feels more and more like an oxymoron these days, there are still steps you can take to protect yourself when breaches like this occur. It all starts with getting rid of those overly used, poorly designed passwords you know are terrible but you use anyway. The most secure password in the world is useless if a hacker steals it, but the real problem comes if it is the same password you...

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