Kenya Communication Authority(CAK) has warned all public institutions, including the vulnerable banking sector as the Emotet malware has penetrated the East African country of Kenya. All the organizations have been warned to be alert of any suspicious activities on their networks as Emotet is known to target banks. Generally, Emotet sends fake notifications, pretends to alert bank accounts and convincing emails.
Signs of the emergence of the Emotet malware were noticed on 17 November 2018 which was targeted towards the European computers especially those based in Germany. It seems likely that Emotet has entered into the African territory along with Kenya as its prime target.
Around 11 malware incident reported already in Kenya by the National Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Centre. This gives an idea most of them have occurred due to clicking on malicious genuine payment invoices and fake shipping operations.
According to Tom Olwero, Director General at CAK said – “Typical signature-based detection can be avoided and there are several ways to maintain persistence, including auto-start registry keys and services.”
Apart from this, there have been other incidents where the malware has been spread using fake Paypal transactions. Users would fall prey to this and enter their usernames and passwords. This information was later used by hackers to disguise them as the original owner.
Emotet malware is also capable of collecting information of users stored on the computer and used to attack such acquaintances. These emails can be used to find a circle of friends, and coworkers can be identified by shared email domains. All the gathered information can be used to launch an attack on highly targeted victims who have relation with the first victim.
Kenya has a long history when it comes to virus infiltrations last year in the 3rd quarter around 3.8 million incidents of IT problems were reported and this has increased from 3.4 million in the 2nd quarter of 2018. This goes to show how severe the issue of virus infiltration is in Kenya.
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