interpol to fight cybercrime in africa stating laws must be respected.

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by Helvine Achieng May 13, 2021

Interpol is creating a new cybercrime operations desk with UK funding to boost the capacity of 49 African countries to fight cybercrime. According to global cybersecurity firm–Kaspersky, Kenya is among African countries facing a possible increase in cybercrime in 2021.

According to data from the Communications Authority of Kenya, this represented a 152.9 per cent increase from the 13.9 million threat events detected in the previous quarter.Interpol said the Africa desk will help shape a regional strategy to drive intelligence-led coordinated actions against cybercriminals and support joint operations.

Cybercrime is one of the most forms of international crime, with damages set to cost the global economy USD 10.5 trillion annually by 2025, this is according to Cybersecurity Ventures.

On the issue propelling cybercrime worldwide, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said they are working with like-minded partners to ensure that the international order that governs cyber activity is fit for purpose.

"Our aim should be to create a cyberspace that is free, open, peaceful and secure, which benefits all countries and all people," he said.

"We want to see international law respected in cyberspace, just like anywhere else. And we need to show how the rules apply to these changes in technology, the changes in threats, and the systematic attempts to render the internet a lawless space."

Raab said the project would allow regular pulse checks on cybercrime in Africa and publish annual threat landscape assessments that will underpin operational activities.

According to Kaspersky research while the increase in these crimes will vary by country, African nations must prepare themselves for the inevitability of increases in malware that already topped 28 million by August last year.

A 2017 assessment done in Africa found that each act of Internet fraud enabled cybercriminals to steal an average of Sh288m from companies and Sh45m from individuals.