A report from Kaspersky, a multinational cybersecurity solutions and anti-virus provider company, showed that in the African region, Kenya and Nigeria recorded an increase in financial phishing attacks in the second quarter (Q2) of 2022.
The company’s Security Network data revealed that the number of financial phishing attempts in the two countries increased significantly from Q1 to Q2, 2022. Banks, payment systems, and e-commerce websites were attacked.
In Q2 of 2022, a total of 100,192 financial phishing attacks aimed at organizations were detected in Kenya, a 201% increase compared to Q1.
The largest share of attacks was directed at e-commerce websites (58%), with banks (21%) and payment systems (also 21%) following.
In Q2 of 2022, in Nigeria, a total of 61,344 financial phishing attacks aimed at organizations were detected, an increase of 79% compared to Q1.
The largest share of attacks was directed at e-commerce websites (52%), with payment systems (42%) and banks (6%) following.
Speaking on the report, the Head of Technical Experts at Kaspersky Emad Haffar, said “A life without Internet is strange to us. So much so that our financial life is now digital. This is the magic of digitization. But we also need to be aware of an unprecedented wave of challenges.
“Financial threats are one such challenge that is becoming more advanced in exploiting human behavior and will only continue to grow.
“Businesses trying to stay ahead of such evolving, complex cyberattacks should make fraud prevention a focal point to control fraud transactions, eventually reduce fraud risk in the future and avoid reputation damage.”
Kaspersky also reported that in the second quarter (Q2) of 2022, phishing attacks skyrocketed with over 1 million observed, which has been described as the worst quarter for phishing that has ever been observed.
Phishing attacks against the financial sector, which includes banks, remained the largest set of attacks, accounting for 27.6 percent of all phishing.
The most targeted industries in Q2 of 2022 are as follows;
- Financial Institution – 27.6%
- Saas/Webmail – 19.1%
- Social media – 15.3%
- Payment – 6.3%
- E-commerce/ Retail – 5.6%
- Cryptocurrency – 4.5%
- Logistics/ Shipping – 4.3%
- Telecom – 2.6%
- Others – 14.7%
WhatsApp Introduces Self Messaging Feature Named “Message Yourself “
WhatsApp to roll out new feature, both Android and iOS users in the coming weeks
Instant Messaging platform “WhatsApp” has introduced a new feature that allows users to message themselves.
The platform noted that the new feature will be rolled out for both Android and iOS users in the coming weeks.
Investors King learnt that WhatsApp’s “Message Yourself” feature could be useful for messages such as to-do-list, reminders, or draft messages to be sent late.
Prior to this development, WhatsApp users have to use a workaround to message themselves on the platform.
The method includes using the URL wa.me/ followed by the ten-digit number to send messages, photos and videos to themselves.
But with the new feature, users can simply start a chat with their number from the contact list. Users will see their contact card as ‘Message Yourself’ at the top of the list.
In October, the feature was reported to be in the beta version ahead of the mass rollout.
According to WhatsApp, users will be able to send photos, audio, and videos along with messages to themselves using the feature
For users to enjoy the new feature, they will have to update their WhatsApp application on their smartphones. They can do so either by going to Google Play Store or the Apple App store.
Users will then tap on the new chat button at the bottom right where they will see a list of all contacts including “message yourself”. They can start to use the feature once they tap on it.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp has recently rolled out a new feature which allows users to run quick polls in groups and personal chat.
However, the feature which was recently announced on the WhatsApp platform a few days back is not yet available for all users. Nonetheless, Investors King understands that it will make interaction on the platform more interesting.
Xiaomi Launches Black Friday Sale With Discounts and Extra Gifts on Smartphones
Xiaomi gives discount of N5,000 on every purchase of its smartphone
Mobile phone maker, Xiaomi has lined up good discounts and extra gifts to thrill its customers during black Friday sales.
The company which is also into consumer electronics noted that it’s back Friday sale will run between November 18th to November 30th, 2022.
Apart from a flat discount of N5,000 on every purchase of its smartphone, customers can also win amazing gift prizes which include refrigerators, Xiaomi luggage, Redmi Bud 3 earbuds.
A star winner who will go home with an N3 million cash prize will also emerge through a raffle draw on January 10th, 2023.
Investors King understands that Black Friday is an opportunity to buy the product you desire either smartphones, groceries, or any type of electronic at a very good price. It is celebrated virtually around the world.
Black Friday which followed “thanksgiven day” in the United States is largely regarded as a day or season to say thank you for being with us this far.
While amazing discounts are being offered on several products, a number of top brands especially electronic and smartphone-making companies do use black Friday to say thank you to their customers.
Some of the platforms where you can get an amazing offer in Nigeria during this black Friday season include Jumia and Konga.
You can check the filing articles for amazing offers that both Jumia and Konga offer during this year’s black Friday.
On Xiaomi’s black Friday for instance, when a customer buys Redmi Note 11 or Redmi Note 11S, he will get a discount of N5,000 and Xiaomi in-ear headphones. Similarly, Redmi Note 11 Pro or Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G comes with a 10000mAh power bank.
Interestingly, Xiaomi noted in a statement that the offer is open to all new and old customers while customers can enjoy the amazing offer by visiting any of Xiaomi’s retail stores nationwide or at Essence House, Computer Village Ikeja.
Konga Kickstarts Black Friday “Yakata” With 90% Discounts on Rice, Cooking Oil, and Mobile Phones
E-Commerce giant, Konga has begun its discounted sale with up to 90 percent off on some house need products which include rice and cooking oil. The sale which is already witnessing a high volume of patronage is tagged “Friday Yakata”
Other products available for grabs at a very good price on the Konga platform include mobile phones of different brands, Laptops, TV sets, Refrigerators, Air conditioners, and Washing machines.
At exactly 12 midnight every day till 12th of December, Konga will stage one of its much anticipated events, “Teasure Hunt”. Investors King learnt.
Treasure Hunt gives lucky buyers the opportunity to purchase products with up to 90 percent off them.
Other lined-up events for Friday “Yakata” include Flash Sale and Cyber Monday.
Additionally, Konga also partners with MedDirect to provide a 10 percent discount on all medicine which will be delivered free to anywhere in Nigeria.
Another way to benefit from the “Yakata” season is to use Konga Pay which comes with a 5 percent discount on any shopping basket above N100,000.
A statement released by the e-commerce platform noted that back Friday “Yakata” is regarded as the biggest sale of the year in the annual shopping calendar in Nigeria.
According to the company’s head of marketing, Anthony Nwabuisi, Konga has seen improved patronage on its platform since the beginning of this year despite the prevailing economic challenges both in the domestic and international markets.
‘‘It has been an impressive start to this year’s edition of Konga Yakata for us. Despite the undeniably harsh economic conditions, general buying sentiments are way above expectations,” he said.
Also speaking on the importance of the Konga Friday Yakata, Nwabuisi stated that Konga has a 50 percent discount on virtually all meals ordered on the platform.
He added that shoppers can also get the advantage of free delivery or buy-one-get-one-free in select restaurants.
Conclusively, Konga’s platform can easily be used by downloading the application or navigating through the website at Konga.com.
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