More than 28 million attacks malware were registered in the South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria during the current year, according to a survey by Kaspersky, as well as 102 million software detections of potentially unwanted programs.
While calculating the interim results of threat landscape activity in African countries, the researchers noted that potentially unwanted programs attack users almost four times more often than traditional malware. They also eventually reach more users: for example, while in South Africa, the malware had attacked 415.000 users in 7 months during the year 2020, the number for potentially unwanted programs is 736.000.Potentially unwanted programs are programs that are generally not considered malicious in themselves. However, they are generally negatively influencing the user experience. For example, adware fills the user's device with advertisements; aggressive monetization software propagates unsolicited paid offers; downloaders can download even more applications on the device, sometimes malicious.
According to a Denis Parinov, Kaspersky security researcher, the reason why potentially unwanted software is growing is that it is more difficult to notice at first and that if the program is detected, its creators will not be considered cybercriminals. The problem with them is that users are not always aware that they have consented to the installation of such programs on their devices and that, in some cases, such programs are exploited or used as a cover for malware downloads.
"That's why many security solutions, including ours, signal such programs to ensure that users are aware of their presence, influence on their device and activity," says Denis Parinov, security researcher at Kaspersky.
When evaluating the results over the same 7-month period in Nigeria, there were 3,8 million malware attacks. Kenyan users faced even more malware attacks - around 14 million and in South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks.