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Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:31 - Updated Thu, 16 Jul 2020 14:31

E-mails represent 77 percent of cyber attacks in Angola

Luanda - At least 77 percent of the cyber attacks in Angola are caused by e-mails, said Wednesday the head of the legal office of the telecomunication company (Angola Cables),Nadia Ribeiro.

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Nadia Ribeiro, who was speaking to Angop on the "Cybersecurity post Covid-19", event run by Angola Cables and the International Association of Portuguese-speaking Communications (AICEP), said the percentage highlights the need to alert the population to the dangers of opening e-mails from unknown contacts and click on links or download unreliable attachments.

"As a user of services, and from what I have seen, I would risk to say that these attacks have focused on the banking sector," Ribeiro said.

The attacks, she said, focused on denial of service or DDOS (access to online banking services), the networks of electronic communications operators, through Wangiri Scams (through misleading telephone calls).

Without specifying the number of cyber attacks that occurred in Angola during the Covid-19 period, Ribeiro said the latest Threat Intelligence report on Africa, released in May this year, reveals that Angola was the second most targeted African country.

In terms of legislation, the Law for the Protection of Networks and Computer Systems (Law No. 7/17 of 16 February) has been in force since 2017, which provides for the implementation of measures to protect cyberspace accessible to the public.

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