In computer security history, the word Ska is most notably associated with a widespread mass-mailing virus also known as Happy99.
Happily, that association has recently been subsumed by an ambitious astronomical project - one which brings astonishing computer science challenges all of its own.
If these spammers want to get a higher return on their email campaign they might want to try targeting just South African internet users in future.
A mere three years after a South African bank spent $1.8 million on a new fraud-detection system, hackers managed to swindle $6.7 million out from under that system's nose. Although customer funds are thought to be safe, would you actually trust your money to an institution vulnerable to getting hacked so brutally?
A man and his daughter are rescued by police after they were lured to South Africa by a scam email telling them they had won a fortune in a lottery.
A man who extorted money out of online gambling websites in the run-up to the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa has been sent to jail.
It's worth everybody remembering that phishing gangs and cybercriminals don't just target users of multinational global brands such as eBay, PayPal and iTunes.
The website of the Mail & Guardian, a weekly South African newspaper, has been shut down following an attack by Russian hackers.
From the comfort of summer, Sophos Southern Hemisphere says, "Stay safe online this Christmas!"
We've included some holiday-time tips for your friends and family, too - don't let your cyberguard down over the festive season.