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Nigeria makes inroads in cybercrime

13 June 2013, 10:08Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Nigeria has recorded a significant improvement in combating internet security threat.

This is according to a recent survey by United States-based global computer security software company, Symantec.

Nigeria moved nine places up to its current position of 58th in the world in terms of internet security.

Continentally, in the new listing, Nigeria is 6th behind South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Mauritius.

Oseme Osabase, Symantec Corporation West Africa Manager, however warned that new global threats like ‘Watering Hole’ pose greater danger to local individuals, Small and Medium Enterprises and big corporations.

“Attackers no longer come directly, but wait for their targets at their most frequented websites and unleash their virus. This could cost an individual, corporation or nation entire data storage,” said Osabase.

He also reiterated that there are now more state-sponsored cyber attacks across the globe with nations gradually shifting from known military hardware warfare to cyber warfare.

“The last few years have seen increasingly sophisticated and widespread use of cyber attacks. In peacetime, they provide plausible denial; in wartime, they could be an essential tool.

"Cyber attacks will continue to be an outlet where tensions between countries are played out," he said.

Nigeria has a reputation of cybercriminals who are always on the prowl to defraud people of their money.

- CAJ News



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