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Cyber threats up 47.3pc to 37.1 million cases – KBC

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Kenya experienced a 47.3 percent increase in cyber threats between October to December 2019 to 37.1 million cyber threats which the Communications Authority of Kenya attributes to a high number of malware threats. 

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Latest data from the Communications Authority of Kenya indicates that web application attacks and system vulnerabilities during the last three months of last year drastically reduced.

There have been increasing cases of cyber attacks as Kenyans embrace technology and move most services online.

The Communications Authority of Kenya attributes the increase in the number of detected cyber threats to a 69.7 percent increase in the number of malware threats detected.

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The data also indicates that more Kenyans are ditching SMS for other social media chatting platforms.

The total number of short messages sent in October to December 2019 stood at 15.6 billion down from 17.2 billion messages recorded three months earlier.

This represents a reduction in the number of SMS per Subscription per Month to 95.4 during the quarter under review from 107.6 messages reported during the previous quarter.

Further, the number of SMS terminating in foreign networks declined by 26.2 percent, which CA attributes to the high international messaging charges that has seen most consumers increase uptake of Over The Top messaging services such as WhatsApp.

The data indicates that the duration of calls also suffered from the growing popularity of social media platforms which are more instant and cheaper.

In general, the average duration of calls per user reduced to 91.5 minutes monthly, down from 111.2 minutes per month during the previous quarter.

Additionally, the total local outgoing mobile voice traffic declined by 16.2 percent during the period under review to 14.9 billion minutes.

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