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Over 100 Million Windows-targeted Malware Developed in 2021 Alone

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According to data analyzed and presented by Atlas VPN, 2021 marks a record year for the development of new Windows malware. Even though 2021 has another month to go, cybercriminals have already developed a whopping 107.28 million unique threats targeted at Windows devices.
The data for the analysis was provided by AV-TEST GmbH, an independent research institute for IT security. The figures were last updated on November 23, 2021.
Interestingly, the creation of new malware types targeted towards Windows OS devices has been growing steadily since 2012. On average, the quantity of new malicious software samples grows by 9.5 million or 23% YoY.
This year so far, we see 107.28 million new threats for Windows OS, representing a 16.53 million or 18% increase over 2020.
In other words, cybercriminals employed more of their resources towards Windows OS than ever before. To put things in perspective, threat actors developed around 328 thousand malware samples daily in 2021.
Cybercriminals work together to reduce costs
The fact that malicious software is easier to develop than ever before contributes to this unprecedented increase in risks.
Hackers no longer require advanced programming abilities because they can buy ready-made malware code, customize it to their needs with a little coding, and create an entirely new malware type.
Moreover, the wide availability of hackers-for-hire made prices ridiculously cheap. For example, one of our earlier analyses uncovered that hiring attacks on the dark web cost as little as $250 per attack.

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Jumia Grabs Opportunity for Black Friday Deals

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Black Friday is a concept that originated in the United States, but the yearly retail fever has had a popularity boom across Africa in recent years, with customers moving to take advantage of the best deals that retailers have available.

Jumia, which is a marketplace with its focus placed on Africa quickly grabbed this opportunity when it first introduced the Black Friday event about nine years ago across its markets in Africa, focusing mainly on Egypt and Cairo which are the company’s top two cities when considering volume of orders.

Since its inception, the company has witnessed staggering levels of success with the event, and company data reveals that the love which consumers have for Black Friday has been increasing across the continent every year.

During the 2020 Black Friday event, the top sellers on the Jumia platform saw a 141% year-on-year increase in the amount of items sold, with one out of three clicks on average being a new customer. The company also said that it witnessed an increase in brand appetite across every one of Jumia’s 10 markets during last year’s sale, which lasted every Friday in November.

The trend is expected to continue this year’s version of Jumia’s Black Friday, as it is running from November 5 until November 30.

The company which is based in Nigeria has entered into partnerships with major brands like Adidas, HP, Unilever and Diageo, as well as with thousands of sellers in order to provide consumers the best deals on a very wide range of products.

The CEO of Jumia Nigeria, Massimiliano Spalazzi told Lagos-based Vanguard that the Black Friday programme has been a success every year, and is the biggest sale of the year.

He also stated that the 2021 Black Friday campaign will place focus on strengthening the company’s position as a brand within the African market, and providing support to the sellers.

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NQR Payment Solution Excites Nigerians: Everyone Can Now Pay Sharp Sharp

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Since the NQR payment solution was introduced to the Nigerian market in March of this year, it has reached millions of Nigerians across major markets in different states.  Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, Kano, Uyo, and Portharcourt are just a few of the states that have witnessed the fast seamless, and reliable NQR payment solution.

Business owners and customers across Nigeria have embraced NQR en masse as a result of the market penetration drive, citing the convenience, speed, and reliability of the payment option.

The NQR Payment Solution is a secure QR-code-based payments and collections platform that allows customers and business owners to accept and make payments for goods and services. The payment system will bring together all of the country’s closed QR code schemes for a more consistent user experience and faster digital adoption.

The campaign was led by several popular celebrities who thrilled the market crowds and showcased how the NQR works. Mercy Johnson, Mercy Aigbe, Odunlade Adekola, Real Warri Pikin, Saddiq Sani Saddiq, Bisola Aiyeola, and Nedu were a few of the ambassadors for NQR.  They encouraged business owners to sign up for NQR, and encouraged customers to make payments with NQR.

The NQR payment solution team recently toured Southern Nigeria, with comedians Edo Pikin and Real Warri Pikin leading the train to sensitize the people about how the NQR merchant app works and how customers can #PaySharpSharp with live demonstrations.

NQR agents also went through the markets educating both business owners and customers about NQR’s benefits. Representatives from several commercial banks were also on ground to address business owners’ concerns. Everyone learned about the NQR payment system and had the opportunity to test it out as well as express their satisfaction with it.

NQR is now available in a store near you.

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France Requests Removal of Wish from Search Engines and App Stores

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Several ministers in France have released a common statement in which they announced that they have made a request to the main search engines as well as the mobile app stores that are operating in the country to hide Wish’s website as well as its mobile app.

Wish is a highly popular e-commerce platform that mainly references products from merchants who are based in China. The platform does not hold inventory as the products are usually shipped directly to the customers from merchants.

Last year, the French administration which is in charge of consumer rights and fraud launched an investigation into Wish. The administration, which is known as the direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes (DGCCRF) suspected that it was not difficult to deliberately mislead customers and sell fake products on Wish, including goods like perfumes and sneakers with images which incorrectly show the logos of popular brands.

In order to find out the safety of the products on Wish and to also test their suspicions, the French administration ordered about 140 different goods on Wish.

About 95% of the toys which they acquired on the platform did not abide by the normal European regulation, with about 45% of the toys deemed dangerous. Concerning the electronic products that were ordered, 95% of them were said to be disallowed in Europe, with 90% of them being dangerous in one form or the other.

Some unexpected items were even found to constitute a risk to customers, with about 62% of ordered cheap costume jewelry considered as dangerous. It should however be noted that these numbers came from a study on a small sample of 140 products.

When Wish is notified that a dangerous product is being sold on the platform, the product is removed within 24 hours. However, the French Ministry of Economy states that in most cases the dangerous products remain accessible on the same platform, under a different name and sometimes by the same seller.

The French government is now taking advantage of changes in European regulation to block problematic apps. The process is complicated, but if successful will remove Wish from Google and the App Store. Currently, Wish is still available on the app store and the website can still be found on Google.

After Wish is shadowbanned in France, the website will disappear from Google and the app will no longer be found on the app store. However, if you had it on your phone before the shadowban, you will still be able to use it.

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