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Mauritius steps up battle against rising cyber crime

Mauritius steps up battle against rising cyber crime

All Africa reports that Mauritius will be stepping up its fight again cybercrime with new surveillance measures. overnment officials say that the fight against rising cyber-attacks is becoming tougher each year and nGew approaches are needed.  According to the Ministry of Information and Communications Technologies, new projects intended to thwart cyber-attacks will be applied over the course of this year.

The country’s ICT minister Tassarajen Chedumbrum, speaking at a conference on cyber security this week, stated that there are numerous internet threats that could have grim consequences for the economy and personal privacy.

Mr Chedumbrum revealed that a new “targeted attacks prevention” programme is to become operational in conjunction with Mauritius Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), which is expected to install advanced countermeasures and surveillance systems.

Mr Chedumbrum said constant cyber attacks targeting government networks, hacking of local businesses systems, phishing and Trojan viruses are on the rise in the country.

CERT Mauritius maintained that the constant threat to the island nation is a concern to the public and private sectors.

In 2012, CERT reported that 14 per cent of security incidents involved hacking, whilst a staggering 41 per cent involved online harassment cases.

Currently there over 370,000 internet subscribers on the island nation.

An official from CERT pointed out that investing in technological surveillance of global cybercrime activities and remaining ahead of criminals is a key defence mechanism on global cyberspace.

In recent years the Mauritian Police Force Cyber Crime and Forensic Investigations Unit has recorded high cases of financial crimes, social media harassment and computer hacking.

About 1,295 have been recorded from 2008 in Mauritius alone.

In April, Trend Micro estimated that Africa would be increasingly prone to cybercrime activities due to fast growing internet users coupled with rising malware viruses reported in Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya.

According to the Norton Cybercrime 2012 Report, the world loses $110 billion to illegal cyber activities annually.

Source: All Africa

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