Free online cybersecurity training for businesses in Kenya 0 616

Free online cybersecurity training

Internet security company ESET East Africa has announced the availability of free cybersecurity training for businesses and their employees in Kenya.

The ESET Cybersecurity Awareness Training course that will be offered over the internet aims at enabling firms to curb the impact of cyber attacks and data breaches that are becoming more severe to business operations around the world.

A recent survey by ESET in its North American markets found that more than 30 percent of people polled have never received any cyber training or education in their workplace, even though majority of cyber breaches are caused by employee errors and ommissions.

“We know that this ratio is much higher in East Africa and possibly worse across the continent. Businesses, especially SMEs that lack resources to provide even basic training now have an easier way to ensure their employees get the cybersecurity awareness they need, while meeting compliance requirements“, said Teddy Njoroge, ESET Country Manager in charge of Kenya.

IT professionals, small business owners and others can sign up to access the modules anytimeModules in the ESET Cybersecurity Awareness Training include, web and email protection,  how to spot phishing emails, password best practices, social engineering, two-factor authentication and Internet of Things (IoT) security.

All topics in the training are core and need to know for all employees. They are explained in user-friendly language, and can be completed in under 90 minutes. On completion employees will be expected to report to their manager and receive a certificate of completion.

The announcement by ESET, which is celebrating 30 years of innovation in the Internet Security services industry, comes just a month after the globally devastating WannaCryptor Ransomware attack which crippled hundreds of organizations while shutting down over 200,000 computers around the globe.

“A simple but successful cyberattack or data breach, can be devastating with impacts such as litigation, increased insurance premiums, among other reputational issues. All these can directly affect the company’s bottom line, and for this reason, training employees on cyber security best practices is a must“,  Njoroge added.

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Time to change your Twitter password 0 623

Twitter Password

An internal bug exposed the passwords of an undisclosed number of the more than 330 million Twitter users.

Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal announced that it was a “bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log”. He went on to state “we have fixed the bug and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse”.

The Social Media platform are insisting that there is no sign of danger and that there is no reason to believe that the passwords were exposed outside of the organisation. However, they are still advising users to change their Twitter passwords and those of any other online service using the same password.

Some additional password tips from Twitter include enabling two-factor authentication and also using a password manager to create a strong and unique password for every individual online service.

Approximately US $150,000 worth of Ethereum-based cryptocurrency stolen 0 700

Online cryptocurrency website MyEtherWallet.com has confirmed that some visitors could have been temporarily redirected to a phishing site designed to steal users’ credentials and – ultimately – empty their cryptocurrency wallets.

According to reports, whoever was behind the attack may have successfully stolen approximately US $152,000 worth of Ethereum-based cryptocurrency.

However,  MyEtherWallet may not have been at fault, as the website explained in its statement:

“This is not due to a lack of security on the [MyEtherWallet] platform. It is due to hackers finding vulnerabilities in public facing DNS servers.”

British security researcher Kevin Beaumont confirms in a blog post that some of MyEtherWallet’s traffic had been redirected to a server based in Russia after traffic intended for Amazon’s DNS resolvers was pointed to a server hosted in Chicago by Equinix.

For the scheme to succeed, someone pulled off a hijack of a crucial component of the internet known as Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), to reroute traffic intended for Amazon’s Route 53 DNS service to the server in Chicago. As a consequence, for some users, entering myetherwallet.com into their browser did not take them to the genuine site but instead to a server at an IP address chosen by the hackers.

The only obvious clue that a typical user might have spotted was that when they visited the fake MyEtherWallet site they would have seen an error message telling them that the site was using an untrustworthy SSL certificate.

It seems that the attackers made a mistake in not obtaining a valid SSL certificate.

Despite the error with their SSL certificate, the hackers haven’t done badly for themselves – both in this attack and in the past. Fascinatingly, the bogus MyEtherWallet website set up by the criminals was moving stolen cryptocurrency into a wallet which already contained some US $27 million worth of assets. Inevitably that raises questions of its own – have the hackers already made a substantial fortune through other attacks, or might their activities be supported by a nation state?

In a statement Equinix confirmed that a customer’s equipment at its Chicago data center was used in the hackers’ hijacking of Amazon’s Route 53 DNS service:

“The server used in this incident was not an Equinix server but rather customer equipment deployed at one of our Chicago IBX data centers… We generally do not have visibility or control over what our customers – or customers of our customers – do with their equipment.”

Amazon however, do not find the blame to lie on themselves, communicating the following statement:

“Neither AWS nor Amazon Route 53 were hacked or compromised. An upstream Internet Service Provider (ISP) was compromised by a malicious actor who then used that provider to announce a subset of Route 53 IP addresses to other networks with whom this ISP was peered. These peered networks, unaware of this issue, accepted these announcements and incorrectly directed a small percentage of traffic for a single customer’s domain to the malicious copy of that domain.”

Some advice from award winning security blogger, researcher and speaker, Graham Cluley – avoid putting your cryptocurrency wallet online, keep them off your smartphone or computer and perhaps instead invest in a hardware wallet.