Interpol is forming a new cybercrime operations desk with UK funding to boost the capacity of 49 African countries to fight cybercrime.
Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky indicate that Kenya is among African countries facing a possible rise in cybercrime in 2021, amid economic uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Kenya Computer Incident Response Team, Coordinating Centre (National KE-CIRT/CC) recorded 35.2 million cyber threat events between July and September 2020.
According to information from the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), this represented a 152.9 per cent rise from the 13.9 million threat events recorded in the previous quarter.
On their website, Interpol stated that the Africa desk would help share a regional plan to drive intelligence-led coordinated actions against cybercriminals and support joint operations.
Cybercrime is one of the most prolific types of international crime, with the effects expected to cost the global economy USD 10.5 trillion yearly by 2025.
Dominic Raab, the UK Foreign Secretary, divulged that they are working with like-minded partners to ensure that the international order that governs cyber activity is fit for purpose.
“Our plan is to create a cyberspace that is open, free, secure and peaceful and which benefits all nations and all people,” Raab noted.
“We need to see international law respected in cyberspace, just like anywhere else. And we should demonstrate how the rules apply to these changes in technology, the alteration in threats and the systematic trials to render the internet a lawless space,” he added.
A 2017 study done in Africa established that each act of Internet Fraud enabled cybercriminals to swindle an average of Sh228 M from firms and Sh45 M from individuals.
According to Raab, the project will create opportunities to take regular pulse checks on cybercrime in Africa and publish annual threat landscape assessments underpinning operational activities.
According to Kaspersky research, while the increase in cybercrimes will vary by country, African countries should embrace themselves for the inevitability of increases in malware that already topped 28 million by August 2020.