Cyber Security Threats, Statistics Worrisome

Today’s world is more interconnected than ever before. Yet, for all its advantages, increased connectivity brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse.

Security is the state of being, or making safe, secure, and free from danger. This is of paramount importance to every living creature no matter how small they are, they want to make sure that their end or environment is protected or secured at all costs. Where security is compromised, no one wants to play around that environment; rather they flee from such environments.

By Tongai Mwenje

During National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its partners from the public and private sector highlighted the importance of protecting against cyber-crime.

Now with the dynamism of our society in terms of technological advancements, most people have fallen prey to cyber criminals. Cyber criminals are those people who manipulate the existence of technology to steal from unsuspecting online clients.

Few weeks ago, I wrote an article of a villager from Seke who defrauded farmers of close to US$5000 through Econet’s mobile money transfer (Ecocacash).

The existence of this mobile money transfer has seen scores of villagers especially farmers benefiting a lot since most of them don’t have any bank account, hence the emergence of this platform have eased their financial woes in terms of receiving and sending money.

The question now is, how best can we deal with such acts to protect innocent online clients? It has been proven that one can cook up dummy documents with the help of technology to succeed in their endeavor of stealing from unsuspecting people.

The Seke man went on to register Econet lines with documents that are not his, bringing the names of those highly respected people into disrepute. All this is pointing to the issue of SECURITY, how secure is my personal information?

Go Gulf stats on cybercrime Yearly,
– victims per year 556 millions
– victims per day over 1.5m
– victims per second 18
– identities exposed more than 234.4m
– more than 600k Facebook accounts are compromised every day

Today’s world is more interconnected than ever before. Yet, for all its advantages, increased connectivity brings increased risk of theft, fraud, and abuse.

During National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its partners from the public and private sector are highlighted the importance of protecting against cyber-crime.
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To fight against such acts, today’s world has enacted stringent rules and regulations to try and fight against cyber criminals.

People can walk in any place of their choice, use fake documents to make some transactions which are untraceable,having realised the magnitude of cybercrime, the government of Zimbabwe have enacted a law which bars people from registering mobile network lines without proper documentations.

The law falls under Statutory Instrument 95 of 2014, also referred to as Postal and Telecommunications (Subscriber Registration) Regulations of 2014, which came into effect on the 13th of June 2014.

The new law compels mobile network service providers to verify the full names, surname, ID number, address and identity of customer. Registration for lines is now strict and law abiding after the enactment of this law.

Customers who will provide false subscriber registration information will be imprisoned or fined or both. In the event of a SIM card loss, stolen or destroyed a report has to be made with the police where a reference number is issued.

At least for now, we are happy that a security measure has been taken. But, as human beings very concerned about our security we tend to take everything that comes our way with a pinch of salt, as talking is one thing and doing another.

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