Meet the Yahoo boys – Nigeria’s undergraduate conmen

Oludayo Tade, University of Ibadan Many undergraduates in Nigerian universities dabble in internet fraud. Nicknamed “yahoo-yahoo” after the international web portal and search engine, this perfidy has become a way of life for the young con-artists. Many of these fraudsters – dubbed “yahoo boys” – have become filthy rich. Some have been caught by the …

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How to avoid getting hooked by a festive season phishing scam

Rika Butler, Stellenbosch University and Martin Butler, Stellenbosch University Email phishing attacks are especially popular over the festive season, partly because there’s an increase in email marketing and special offers linked to the holidays. During the fourth quarter of 2014, for instance, the number of unique phishing attacks globally went up by 18% compared with …

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What South Africa is doing to make a dent in cyber crime

Basie von Solms, University of Johannesburg Last year South Africa had the most cyber attacks of any country on the continent. In 2014, losses reached an estimated R5 billion annually through cyber crime. The year before, the Norton Report rated South Africa third on the list of the number of cyber victims in the world. …

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