The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says Nigeria is no longer be a safe haven for cybercriminals with the coming into force of the new Nigeria Cybercrimes Act 2015, a series of new laws against Internet crimes.
EFCC, the nation’s anti-graft agency, says it is giving full backing to the new momentum the law has triggered in enforcing and winning the war against cybercrimes and related offences in Nigeria.
The new Nigeria Cybercrimes Act 2015, which was signed into law May 15, this year by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan will enable the law enforcement agency to bring its entire weapon at its disposal to save the nation billions of naira being lost to cybercriminals every year.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Mrs Chinwe Ndubueze, Assisant Director, Legal of EFCC “]“The biggest threats Nigerians face on the Internet are phishing, which are targeting mostly local banks and their clients; unauthorized access to systems and the information they contain by insiders, service providers or consultants; and malware distribution such as software and hardware key-loggers.”[/blockquote]
Mrs Chinwe Ndubueze, Assisant Director, Legal of EFCC dropped this hint Tuesday at the Information Security Society of Africa-Nigeria (ISAAN) Stakeholder Forum on Cyber Crime noting that impact of the new law will assist in sanitizing the Nigeria’s regions of cyberspace already riddled with a web of frauds and malpractices.
Mrs Ndubueze told the forum that EFCC had been at the forefront of Nigeria’s anti-cybercrime war, ahead of the coming of the new law, which will further strengthen its resolve to make cyberspace safer for the Nigerian Internet community.
“EFCC investigates and takes proactive measures to help prevent cybercrime”, according to the EFCC exec who says that the process includes gathering evidence, conducting painstaking investigations, arrests, seizure of assets, diligent prosecution and education of the general public.
According to her, “EFCC has recorded a giant strides in the enforcement of these laws (cybercrime) as evidenced by the increased arrest, prosecution and conviction of Internet fraud related offences recorded monthly.”
The Assisant Director, Legal of EFCC adds that, “we must collaborate to at least survive the onslaught and then fight back from the position of strength conferred by pooled resources, shared intelligence, joint operations and other efforts such as this.”
However, she advises people to be wary of unsolicited mails, adding that opening unsolicited mails could reveal vital information to criminals.
The EFCC exec further discloses that cybercrime was fast overtaking conventional crimes like kidnapping, armed robbery, among others, assuring that the commission was fully committed to fighting the ugly development.
According to her, the biggest threats Nigerians face on the Internet are phishing, which are targeting mostly local banks and their clients; unauthorized access to systems and the information they contain by insiders, service providers or consultants; and malware distribution such as software and hardware key-loggers.
“There is no doubt the growth in the use of electronic banking systems and e-commerce has brought about a parallel increase in efforts to defraud both individuals and corporate organizations, and thus cause tremendous financial loss”, the EFCC top brass told the Information Security Society of Africa-Nigeria (ISAAN) forum.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Dr David Isiavwe, President of Information Security Society of Africa-Nigeria (ISAAN)ISSAN”]“For sure, it is no longer business as usual for cybercriminals. From the petty criminals operating in cybercafés to the major hackers, email scammers and other computer-based fraudsters, the law stipulates heavy penalties, which the criminals should be made aware of before they embark on their ‘suicide’ mission”[/blockquote]