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Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity and digital privacy company founded in 1997 . Kaspersky ’ s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into innovative security solutions and services to protect businesses , critical infrastructure , governments and consumers around the globe . Recently , the cybersecurity vendor revealed that it had blocked more than 30,000 mobile malware attacks in Nigeria , Kenya and South Africa .

Out of the more than 206,000 mobile malware attacks blocked by Kaspersky solutions in the Middle East , Turkey and Africa ( META ) region in just six months measured , between January to June 2021 , over 30 , 000 of these attacks combined originated from Nigeria ( 14,071 ), Kenya ( 10,697 ), and South Africa ( 5,499 ).

Significantly , for African countries monitored , Nigeria only trails Egypt ( 19,466 ) by the number of attacks blocked , pointing to how prevalent mobile threats have become in this highly connected country . In fact , Kaspersky ’ s latest research shows that when looking at the top ten countries by share of users attacked by mobile malware Nigeria places eighth ( at 11.76 %). Even though Kenya and South Africa might not feature as prominently , the mobile malware threat is still a concern , along with the shift to more targeted based attacks these countries are seeing .
The top three most prevalent malware behaviours that Kaspersky has seen in Kenya and Nigeria are Trojans , Trojan-Downloaders ; and Trojan-Droppers . In South Africa , these are Trojans , Trojan-Proxy ; and Trojan-Downloaders .
A Trojan is a type of malware that is often disguised as legitimate software which attackers can use to try and gain access to user systems . As the name suggests , Trojan-downloaders download and install new versions of malicious programmes , including Trojans and Adware on victim computers . Meanwhile , Trojan-droppers usually save a range of files containing malicious programmes to the victim ’ s drive . Once
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