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the need to take note of the threat cybercrime has in South Africa and in Africa as a continent
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THE REALITY OF CYBERCRIME IN AFRICA

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As a proudly African organisation we have taken a step forward in the fight against cybercrime

As proud stakeholders of this great land we are now called upon to join hands in the fight against a new threat that is targeting all areas of our society – no organisation, community or child is immune to its impact.

We are referring to the scourge of cybercriminal activity that is rapidly becoming a global concern and one that we as Africans need to prioritise. Cybercrime has been on the rise over the past decade and is said to be a result of the global economic instability and a case of individuals responding to monetary and psychological incentives.

Cyber attackers use the internet to disrupt, steal and manipulate information. This has led to an increase in economic fraud cases and the theft of confidential information. The most common ways of attacking are phishing, abuse of system privileges and malicious code infections (viruses).

 

HOW SERIOUS IS CYBERCRIME IN AFRICA? 

Cybercrime in SA TV Interview on ENCA with Craig Rosewarne from Wolfpack

 

According to the Norton Cybercrime Report 2012 cybercrime is growing at an alarming rate with over 556 million worldwide victims per year, which equates to over 1.5 million victims per day, or about 18 victims per second. South Africa has been ranked as having the third highest number of cybercrime victims after China and Russia.

Information provided in The South African Cyber Threat Barometer 2012/13 put the total direct losses to cybercrime in South Africa between January 2011 and August 2012 at R2.65 billion. An estimated R662.5 million of the R2.65 billion was not recovered.

It is also predicted that cybercrime will continue to rise due to unemployment, increased access to the internet and increase in criminal and cyber threats.

As a proudly African organisation we have taken a step forward in the fight against cybercrime by providing a platform to raise awareness for its citizens. Phase 1 of our project will focus on South Africa and we will then partner with local entities in other African countries to hopefully cover the entire continent one day.

MISSION

To raise awareness & improve collaboration on critical cybercrime topics using the latest web, animation, gaming & social media tools at our disposal.

Our mission is to establish a sustainable South African and ultimately African presence.

VISION 

Establish a service that provides an update on cyber threats, awareness topics, guides and assistance to the South African and ultimately the greater African community.

An alert community will ultimately help to reduce crime and prevent valuable information assets and potentially millions of dollars being stolen from the stakeholder community of Africa  

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