Victims today are losing substantial volumes of money and data. In many instances their privacy and even personal safety may be compromised.
The perpetrators realise the rewards are high and the risks are low.
Modern cyber criminals are relentless opportunists – patient, strategic, bold and well organised – operating below the radar for as long as possible.
With the rapid evolution of cyber threats, it is understandable that the average person may feel paralysed by the sheer volume of dangers out there. Where can the average person obtain reliable guidance and the tools to protect their families, assets and information?
How does Cybercrime Affect Africa?
The reality of cybercrime in Africa
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).