Africa Could become World's Cyber-crime Capital

Russia and China are often considered the two nations leading in cyber crime, but there is a runner-up that could take the leading spot in Internet misdeeds: Africa.

Cybersecurity experts estimate 80 percent of computers on the African continent are already infected with viruses and other malicious software, according to Foreign Policy. The combination of housing the world’s most vulnerable computers and a majority of a population lacking basic knowledge of IT makes the computers easy targets for skilled botnet operators and hackers.

Also, with the exception of Egypt and South Africa, most African countries lack the legal infrastructure to prosecute, or even stop the rise in cyber crime. Despite commitments made at a Regional Cybersecurity Forum for Africa and Arab states held last year, there is little coordination between countries on how to deal with cybersecurity.

While the continent as a whole is lagging behind in cybersecurity, there are a few countries that have made advancements. Tunisia, for example, has created the first national security institute in Africa, and Nigeria has developed a national cybersecurity initiative aimed at raising awareness and battling online fraud.

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