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Africa confronts cybercrime

Law enforcement agencies and ISPs (Internet service providers) in Africa are trying to stem a wave of cybercrime originating from some parts of the continent. Credit card “cloning” and e-mail scams are the main types of cybercrime emanating from the continent, according to Isaac Prah of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service. The problem has gotten to the point where the African Working Party on Information Technology crime — a law enforcement community that collaborates in sharing knowledge and experiences in information technology crime — last week met in Accra to discuss it, Prah noted. Organized criminal gangs normally use cybercafes to carry out credit card fraud, Prah and other officials noted. In addition, staff in hospitality and other service industries may pass on the credit card details of a client they serve to criminals with whom they are in collusion. Full Story

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