• Cyber-crime is any criminal act dealing with computers and networks. Additionally, cyber-crime also includes traditional crimes conducted through the Internet.

    Some examples of cyber-crime activities

    Cybercrime Statistics

    • 70 percent of South Africans had fallen victim to cyber crime and other risky behaviour, compared to 50 percent globally.
    • 47 percent of South African smartphone users had experienced mobile cyber crime in the past 12 months, compared to 38 percent globally.
    • If cyber-crime was a nation, it would have been 27th biggest in terms of GDP, and cost the global economy $445 billion a year.
    • In South Africa, cybercrime has an economic impact equal to 0.14% of the national GDP – about R5.8 billion a year.”

    How does Cybercrime affect business

    • Industrial espionage
    • Theft of trade secrets
    • Theft of customer information
    • Unauthorized access to confidential information
    • Client information
    • Ashley Madison Hack
    • CEO’s schedule
    • Management’s emails
    • Unauthorized use of a computer
    • Destruction of information
    • Fraud
    • Embezzlement

    Phishing Scams

    South Africa is the second most targeted country globally when it comes to Phishing attacks. It is not a matter of “if” you or your company are going to be a target, but “when”.

    Examples of phishing scams

    • Foreign lotteries
    • SARS refunds
    • “Your email has reached capacity”
    • “Your bank account has been suspended”
    • “You have a package” pay a fee to release

    Phishing email samples

    1. From: SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK [mailto:sarb_2676@live.com]
      Sent: 17 September 2015 01:33 PM
      To: XXXXXXXXX@polka.co.za
      Subject: 18/09/2015 the last date stipulated

      Reserve Bank Building,
      370 Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria.
      0001 Pretoria South Africa
      Our Ref: SARB-UK/SARB/111345/SA

    2. Subject: Internet banking message
      Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2015 16:33:16 +0000
      From: Capitec. <cp.sec@ibref.co.za>
      Dear Client,
      Your online access has been closed temporarily. An unusual IP address made a series of incorrect login attempts using your remote pin.

    You are required to confirm your recent access to show that you are not currently away at this time. Your urgent response is needed to keep your online access active.
    Initiate confirmation process http://www.lance-art.com/nrim.php
    Ibanking service

    Please SIGNON to contact us as replies sent to this address will get an automated response.

    Cell Phones

    Commercially available “Spy” software
    Need physical access to the cell phone
    Can be removed or updated remotely

    What can it do?

    • Get copies of:
      Emails, WhatsApp, SMS’s etc
    • Listen in on phone calls
    • Track GPS location
    • Access address book and calendar
    • View photos and videos
    • Stealth – Cannot be found in your apps

    Has your phone been hacked?

    Common signs that your cell phone might be hacked

    • Does your phone get hotter than normal?
    • Is your battery draining extremely fast?
    • Is your data bill higher than normal?
    • Phone turns off or on by itself
    • You hear an echo or other noises when on the phone