Wolfpack Information Risk

The Wolf Howl November 2022 Edition – Black Friday / WhatsApp Data Breach / Online Store Scams


Wolfpack Information Risk provides specialist information and cyber threat consulting, training, awareness and incident support services to African governments and organisations.

Mission: We are passionate defenders of communities, companies, and countries against cyber threats.

Vision: Wolfpack will be the catalyst that drives the greatest positive cybersecurity impact on the African continent.

Greetings Cyberwolves

Annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday (BFCM) are the year’s busiest shopping days and have made online shopping more popular than ever. This global phenomenon is responsible for excessive transactions and overexcited customers searching for massive bargains. It also enables consumers to skip the queues and chaos.

Many shoppers look forward to these November deals to kick off their holiday and Christmas shopping. However cybercriminals look forward to online shoppers by increasing their malicious activities and taking advantage of potential security gaps while trying to steal personal and financial information.

Always keep these simple tips in mind when shopping online to ensure that you save on the real deals without giving in to any malicious scams that may end up costing you more:

  • Ensure the website you are browsing is secure and not counterfeit. 
  • Check your bank statements for any suspicious activity. 
  • Use a password manager for unique, randomised passwords across all accounts. 
  • Enable Multi or Two-factor Authentication (MFA/2FA) to strengthen your online accounts with the strongest authentication tools available, i.e., biometrics, one-time code, etc. 
  • Do not use public Wi-Fi when shopping online.  Such Wi-Fi rarely has safety protocols in place. 
  • Use mobile payment applications or services. 
  • Rather use a credit card instead of a debit card. 
  • Set up a temporary bank account or open an online-only bank account to control the amount of money you can access with transfers from your usual account. 

We trust you have survived the BFCM madness and can shop online confidently this festive season. 

If it costs your peace of mind, it is too expensive. Always trust but validate. 

Yours Securely

WhatsApp data breach sees nearly 500 million user records up for sale

A post on a “well-known hacking community forum” claims almost half a billion WhatsApp records have been breached and are up for sale. The post, which multiple sources have confirmed, is likely true and claims to be selling an up-to-date 2022 database of 487 million mobile numbers used on WhatsApp, containing data from 84 countries.

Draft CAB 18th Cyber Commissioner

An important proposal has been put forward to amend the Constitution and establish the office of the Cyber Commissioner as an institution supporting and strengthening constitutional democracy in the Republic.  The Cyber Commissioner will be appointed for five years and oversee all cybersecurity domains.

The Adventures of CISO Ed & Co attempts to highlight the everyday frustrations, heroism, and insights of CISOs and infosec teams while bringing some fun to the serious business of cybersecurity. We hope CISO Ed & Co. brings a grin as you  go about your day. Compliments of Balbix

Start your recovery journey today. Here are a few interesting Online Store Scam facts.

Fast Facts: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Scams

It is the most wonderful time of the year… for scammers. The holiday season is upon us, and the retail industry is prepping for the busiest time of year:

Black Friday and Cyber Monday (BFCM). In 2021 alone, Black Friday sales netted an estimated $30 to $40 billion in total sales, with a total of about $10.7 billion in retail revenue on Cyber Monday in the US. The rush of shoppers presents a prime period for malicious actors to target consumers with scams.

Account Takeover Exploits Explained:  Believe the Unbelievable. 

An Account Takeover (ATO) is an attack whereby attackers take ownership of online accounts using several methods. 

It is, unfortunately, more common than you would think, despite all the warnings to create complex passwords, avoid phishing emails and use multi-factor authentication.

AFFT has been supporting schools and creches with equipment and supplies so children can have better nutrition. They believe this gives children a better chance of making the most of their education. 

AFFT is currently feeding almost Seventeen thousand children in Soweto and on the West Rand. This has resulted in increased school attendance, better physical appearance, more sports and classroom participation, and heightened well-being and self-esteem.

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