Fighting thriving cybercrime in Nigeria

By Alex Abutu Alex Abutu identifies the reasons for increased cybercrime in Nigeria and efforts to curb the canker. A Swedish couple arrived at Lagos on 8 March this year with the aim of taking over an oil company in which they had invested about US$3 million through an offer on the internet. Officials of …

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Tanzania’s social media policing stirs risk of abuse

Charlotte Cross, The Open University Access to digital information and communications technologies has increased dramatically over the past decade across Africa. In Tanzania, 87% of urban residents report using a mobile phone every day. In addition, 34% of the population access the internet. The vast majority use their mobile phones to do so. Prepaid bundles …

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Big loopholes lurk in African cybercrime law – where it even exists

Anna Childs, The Open University If you’ve never received an invitation to pay a modest fee in order to receive millions of dollars from an African prince, check your junk folder. The Nigerian phishing scams – known as 419s – have become infamous. However, Nigeria’s government is trying to eradicate the networks that perpetrate these …

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