A new report published by INTERPOL, titled the African Cyberthreat Assessment Report 2021, sheds the light on cybercrime in Africa. The report aims at providing information about the most prevalent threats in Africa, a continent that is particularly vulnerable to cybercriminal activities. According to the report, more than 90% of African businesses are operating without the necessary cyber security protocols in place.
It is important to highlight that Africa has the fastest-growing telephone and Internet networks in the world, and it as the widest use of mobile banking services.
This rapid growth is not supported by the implementation of cybersecurity policies and standards, exposing African counties and their organizations to major risks.
The INTERPOL African Cyberthreat Assessment Report 2021 identifies the most prominent threats in Africa, based on input from INTERPOL member countries and data drawn from private sector partners.
The top five threats are:
The analysis of the IP addresses in Africa that were used to send out digital extortion spam messages from January 2021 to May 2021, the count of unique IP addresses is about 10.6% of the overall number. The top sender countries include South Africa, Morocco, Kenya and Tunisia.
When dealing with ransomware attacks, Kaspersky reported that there were more than 1.5 million ransomware detections in 2020, most targeted countries in Q1 2021 are Egypt, South Africa, and Tunisia.
“Not only do criminals exploit vulnerabilities in cyber security across the region, but they also take advantage of variations in law enforcement capabilities across physical borders,” said Craig Jones, INTERPOL’s Director of Cybercrime. “INTERPOL’s regional cybercrime strategy for Africa provides a robust framework for sharing intelligence and coordinating action to strengthen the law enforcement response across Africa and beyond,”
The strategy aims at reaching the following strategic objectives:
INTERPOL’s African Cybercrime Operations Desk is tasked with implementing a strategy to curb cybercriminal activities in partnership with key regional stakeholders, such as the African Union and Afripol.
Let me suggest reading the report, it includes very valuable information about cybercrime in Africa.
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(SecurityAffairs – hacking, African Cyberthreat Assessment Report 2021)