Zim Loses $326m Through Card-Cloning Crimes

Zimbabwe has lost $325,607,070 from January 2018 to April 2019 as a result of card cloning, cybercrime statistics by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has revealed.

According to the ZRP statistics, 9 165 arrests have been made during the period under review.

Zimbabwe Information and Communication Technology Division (ZICT) Chairperson Engineer Jacob Mutisi said a report received by his Division from the ZRP showed that law enforcers are not well equipped with the right tools to persecute cyber criminals.

“In their (ZRP) report they were quoting sections from the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act referred to as the CODE which was last amended in March 2007, when cyber crimes were not growing rapidly. Using the CODE the ZRP has not able to breakdown the cyber security Crimes as requested because they are not covered in the CODE,” he said.

“It is without a doubt that our police force is not equipped with the right laws to fight modern day Cyber Security Crimes,”.

The ZICT has therefore urged the government to fast track the enactment of the cyber bill.

“There is now a need for the Government of Zimbabwe to fully implement the Computer Crime and Cyber Security Bill and urgently engage the stakeholders to immediately amend the CODE so that it can address modern day crimes,”

“The Zimbabwean parliament needs to adopt the effective substantive criminal legislation and procedural instruments that allow for the law enforcement agencies to fully investigate and prosecute for the misuse of the internet, electronic and mobile money devices to commit a crime,” he said.

Other cyber crimes the ZICT have also taken note of that require immediate attention include phishing, hacking,  mobile money fraud, illegal SIM swaps, spreading hate and inciting terrorism and identity theft.

Cyber crimes are a growing concern for governments and nations, the Zimbabwean government has been pushing for universal access of the Internet, encouraging the use of social media and pushing for the use of digital e-governance service.

However, the Cyber Bill is currently before the parliament.

Read full ZRP report here

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