- Tough times await cybercriminals in the African continent
- A UK-funded initiative is kicking off in INTERPOL with the sole aim of fighting cybercrime in the continent
- The initiative is expected to increase the capacity of African member countries to fight cybercrime within their respective domains
The International Criminal Police Organization, INTERPOL, is creating a new cybercrime operations desk with funding from the United Kingdom government to boost the capacity of 49 African countries to fight cybercrime.
Legit.ng gathered that the Africa desk will help shape a regional strategy to drive intelligence-led coordinated actions against cybercriminals and support joint operations.
Also, INTERPOL’s new initiative is expected to increase the capacity of African member countries to fight cybercrime.
Speaking at the CYBERUK conference in London, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
“Our aim should be to create cyberspace that is free, open, peaceful, and secure, which benefits all countries and all people.”
Jürgen Stock, INTERPOL Secretary-General said in a statement posted on its website:
“The UK’s support for INTERPOL’s cyber initiative in Africa underlines its commitment to this fight and will be an important piece of the global security architecture to combat cybercrime.”
The creation of INTERPOL’s new cybercrime desk comes at a time when cybercriminals are attacking the computer networks and systems of individuals, businesses, and global organizations.
Meanwhile, in Nigeria, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has dismissed reports suggesting it offers informants N1million to help in arresting cyber criminals.
In a statement sent to journalists recently, the anti-graft agency said it did not issue any notice on social media promising a financial reward for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the fraudsters.
Bawa made the statement on Monday, April 19, when a civil society organisation, Civil Society Coalition for Transparency and Good Governance, visited the EFCC’s headquarters, Abuja.