We are partnering NSA to combat cybercrime - NCC

We are partnering NSA to combat cybercrime - NCC

- The NCC said it is focused on fighting cybercrime in the country

- The commission said it is partnering with security agencies, particularly the NSA

- The NCC vowed that cybercrime will soon be a thing of the past

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has said that it is partnering with the national security adviser, Mohammed Babagana Monguno, to combat cybercrime

Vanguard reports that the NCC said the fight against cybercrime will follow a new sophisticated path in alliance with security agencies.

The Commission also added that "with the introduction of advanced technology into Telecoms business, the negative impact of cyber crimes which had led to the loss of private information, monies and lives of Telecoms Consumers would soon be a thing of the past."

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Speaking at the 105th edition of the Consumer Outreach Programme at Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre, Abakaliki, director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of the NCC, said: “Without consumers becoming aware of cyber crime trends and making efforts to ensure safe use of connected devices, cybercriminals will continue to take advantage of their ignorances.”

She said cybercrime gives big concern to the commission as people loose their money, personal identity, privacies and they are either duped or even harmed or killed in the process.

“The war against cybercrime may not have been won but we are doing everything humanly possible to stem the tide, it is an ongoing thing. As they are coming up, you are addressing them and new ones are coming up.

“The greatest achievement in this fight is empowering the consumers to understand that these problems exist, what they are, what they supposed to do, how they can mitigate it when it occurs. We are putting in place technology that will also address the issue on the technical side.

“So, we are looking at this issue from the technical aspect, looking at it from the regulatory aspect and looking at it from the consumer perspective so that collectively all of us will tackle this menace," she added.

The deputy director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of the commission, Alhaji Ismail Adedigba, said the commission has initiated a process to establish an Internet Industry Code of Practice for internet providers.

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He said: "The Internet Code is a regulatory intervention expected to secure the country’s cyber space against imminent threats from cyber attackers as well as addressing issues such as online child protection, privacy and data protection among others."

Meanwhile, the southeast zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, May 1, arrested 37 suspected internet fraudsters in Owerri, the Imo state capital.

The arrest followed a raid on some targeted residences in Okwu Urata, Aladinma and Egbu areas.

The commission said its action followed intelligence report which pointed that the suspects were living lavish lifestyles without any known means of livelihood, alleging further that they specialize in defrauding unsuspecting victims, through the internet.

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