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Akufo-Addo Joins Roselyn Felli On Justice Call; Condemns Lynching Of The 90-Year-Old Woman

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President Akufo-Addo has joined the justice calls as he has reacted to the gruesome murder of a 90-year-old woman accused of witchcraft by a traditional priest at Kafaba.

Yesterday on TV Africa, TV presenter Roselyn Felli condemned the lynching of a 90-year-old woman who was called out as a witch. Madam Akua Denteh was lynched in broad daylight at Kafaba in the East Gonja Municipality of the Savannah Region. She was allegedly accused of witchcraft by a local fetish priestess.

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The President in an address to the matter described the act as cruel and unfortunate. He urged security personnel to ensure quick delivery of justice on the matter.

Akufo-Addo made this known during the commissioning of a five million cedi water project at Yapei in the Central Gonja District of the Savannah Region.

The gruesome murder of a 90-year-old woman, Madam Akua Denteh by a traditional priest at Kafaba has attracted a strong call for justice all over social media As TV Africa’s

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#EndSARS: Video Of Policemen In Shoot Out At Yaba After Lekki Massacre Pops Up | WATCH

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A new video posted on social media shows a shooting incident ongoing hours after the bloodshed at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night.

Some Nigerian police officers were seen firing the gun at some unseen targets at Adekunle, YABA in Lagos.

The video was posted by a Twitter lady identified as Aunty Abigael and sharing the video she advised Nigerians to stay safe.

Policemen are shooting live rounds at Adekunle, YABA right now. On herbert macaulay. Please stay safe everyone #EndSARS.

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Over 120,000 People Sign Petition For The UK Government To Sanction The Nigerian Government Over Alleged Human Right Abuses

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The petition asking the United Kingdom to sanction the federal government and public officials for human rights abuses over the #EndSARS movement has received over 120,000 signatures.

The UK was asked to implement sanctions that allow “individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted” as the Nigerian government and the police have allegedly violated the rights of agitators protesting against police brutality.

As of 8:31 am on Wednesday, October 21, 123, 122 people had signed the petition. The petition titled “Implement sanctions against the Nigerian Government and officials”, reads;

The Government should explore using the new sanctions regime that allows individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted, to impose sanctions on members of the Nigerian government and police force involved in any human rights abuses by the Nigerian police.

There have been deeply concerning reports of a Nigerian police force unit (SARS) engaging in illegal activities and human rights abuses, and there have also been reports of police firing at protestors calling for SARS to be disbanded.

Deploying sanctions would provide accountability for and be a deterrent to anyone involved in violations of human rights.

Over 120,000 people sign petition for the UK government to sanction the Nigerian Government over alleged human right abuses

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Kaspersky Warns Of Top IT Security Threats In Africa

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Despite research showing an overall decrease in certain malware families and types in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in H1 2020 (36% decrease in South Africa, 26% decrease in Kenya, nd a 2.7% decrease in Nigeria), Kaspersky stresses that the human cyber threat remains rife, where Africa is not immune to the evolving techniques of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), as well as the possibilities of being a future target of hacking-for-hire threat actor groups.

Kaspersky research has found that globally, APT groups are evolving their techniques and are upgrading their toolset to continue stealing sensitive information. Furthermore, Kaspersky has seen a rise of hackers-for-hire or cyber mercenaries during the first two quarters of 2020. In fact, three cyber mercenary groups have been exposed across the world this year alone.

As this activity has taken place outside of Africa, Kaspersky suspects that these types of actors may have been somewhat forgotten and do not necessarily form part of cyber defense strategies. However, the region may become a focus of these groups in the coming months and thus, businesses and entities need to have an understanding of these emerging threats, along with the threat of APTs, to be prepared and take proactive steps towards effective cybersecurity.

Hackers-for-hire or cyber mercenaries do not necessarily have monetary motivations like traditional cybercrime. Instead, they steal private data to monetize it in a different way – usually for the purpose of providing advice or insights, based on the data, to share thee of competitive advantage. For example, a bank might get targeted and have its data analyzed to gain an understanding of its market exposure, clients, and back-end systems. A competitor can use that to gain significant benefits. The reality is that in this evolving cyberthreat landscape, no company or government institution can consider themselves safe.

In South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria, APT groups are exploiting the current uncertainty around COVID-19 to steal sensitive information. More sophisticated techniques have emerged that delivers malware in non-conventional ways. While overall malware attacks in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria decreased during the first two quarters of 2020, certain malware types, such as the STOP ransomware, are proving increasingly popular for certain cybercriminals. The same applies to financial malware in South Africa and Nigeria as examples. So, even though it decreased in these countries, certain financial malware types are gaining in popularity thanks to their unique techniques which these groups are exploiting to monetize data. This emphasizes that attacks are becoming more targeted and at specific companies, in specific regions, and for specific purposes.

The top industries under attack in Sub-Saharan Africa in H1 2020 include government, education, healthcare, and military. While government and military present compelling – and obvious – targets, education and healthcare are often used as pivot points to gain access to other institutions. Sometimes, an entity is a victim while other times it is the target.

The top three threat actors in these regions in this regard are TransparentTribe, Oilrig, and MuddyWater.

Says Maher Yamout, Senior Security Research, Global Research & Analysis Team at Kaspersky; “The remainder of the year will likely see APT groups and hacking-for-hire threat actors increase in prominence across the globe. Africa will continue to see more sophisticated APTs emerge and we also suspect that the hacking-for-hire actor type could target companies in Africa in the future. We also anticipate that cybercriminals will increase targeted ransomware deployment using different ways. These can range from trojanised cracked software to exploitation across the supply chain of the targeted industry. Data breaches will certainly become more commonplace especially as people will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future while exposing their systems to the Internet without adequate protection.”

While prevention is ideal, detection is a must. Realistically, no organization or government department can prevent everything. But if there is an understanding of the technology environment and having the ability to detect any deviation from the baseline, decision-makers will go to great strides in mitigating the risk of compromise, and by understanding the threat dynamics, organizations can better protect themselves from evolving cyberattacks.

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