Computer users who are still using Windows XP have made themselves easy targets for cyber attacks.
According to a researcher with Software security firm Kaspersky, Mohamad Amin, at least 5% of users in SA are yet to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows XP on their computer. The support on the Windows XP from Microsoft ended in 2014 , leaving it vulnerable.
The researcher said that there has been a recent increase in the number of cyber incidents detected and a 67% rise in the number of ransomware attacks.
Ransomware attacks take the form of using a type of malicious software to block off any access to computer system. This is often used to extort money from a company or an individual before they can access their data.
IT Security Risks Survey 2015 says, 7% of companies in SA confirmed they have experienced a targeted attack.
Some organized groups use cyber weapons to blackmail organisations.
He pointed out that most of these cyber attacks are targeted and used to cause havoc in the country.
“Most of the attacks are still ongoing‚ and these people are funded‚ and when they are discovered they move on and start all over again and in most cases there is no justice against them‚” he said.
The vice president of Kaspersky, Veniamin Levtsov said many of such attacks were carried out on Automated Teller Machines (ATM) and point-of-sales (POS) systems because of their weak defence systems.
Oleg Glebov‚ Kaspersky Solutions Business leader‚ reminded everyone that such targeted attack is a continuous process.
“It is an ongoing process. You need to be aware that the biggest company will not face a direct attack and attackers want to find the cheapest way to attack organisations and businesses‚” he said.