Cybercrime is a critical threat to developing countries

February 12, 2013

Cybercrime legislations to curb the problem have lagged far behind the technologies. Lack of recognized standards and joint efforts, experiments in most developing countries like South Africa, Turkey and Brazil and regions like European Union (EU), East African Community (EAC) and South African Development Cooperation (SADC) have proved very costly and missions in futility. In some countries, criminals behind the crime have used their illegally accrued wealth to stop the governments from enforcing cybercrime laws by terming them as instruments of state to be used in curbing Internet usage freedom. The smart criminals in most cases ensure the human rights organizations are involved to ensure their lobbying has credibility and carries more weight.The well funded and organized anti-cyber crime law activists are known to fight legislations that are proposed to tackle the Cyber crime. In response to such activists, governments should deal with them mercilessly by imposing severe punishments on them. The world has witnessed countries throwing out plan to impose data breach reporting rules because the main culprits of cyber crime are energy providers, banks and hospitals, who fear their reputations may be damaged if they were to report online attacks and security breaches.

Increased bureaucracy rarely solve network security flaws and users are very suspicious of governments implementing new rules limiting computing freedoms, with one comment noting that governments fear the public using technology in ways they don’t understand.Authorities in various countries are now working to remedy the damage created by their controversial Cyber crime laws that continues to gather dust in government offices. Countries have mostly failed to accomplish their goals of combating cyber crime and some have instead targeted unintended victims because some of the law’s they have drafted are ambiguous and hard to enforce.Countries drafting the Cyber crime laws should ensure they eliminate loopholes and deals with updated technology. There is an urgent to tackle cyber crimes by monitoring websites and servers and phishing sites that are online for long hours result in losses. Cybercrimes occur every day and everywhere, and that’s why countries need laws before its too late. Consequence of Cyber crime have stifled innovation in most countries and continued to cause economic losses. Regulatory uncertainty affects overall investment and the business environment. Website operators should comply with the laws drafted where they will have to choose either to self-censor their content. Cyber crime problem affects the overall ICT and business industries.

Contador Harrison