[AfrICANN-discuss] Fwd: [DNB] Rising cybercrime pushes African governments to take action

Dandjinou Pierre pdandjinou at gmail.com
Mon Dec 19 23:27:06 SAST 2011

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From: Ian Cook
Date: Monday, December 19, 2011
Subject: [DNB] Rising cybercrime pushes African governments to take action
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Title: Rising cybercrime pushes African governments to take action
Author: Rebecca Wanjiku
Source: Computerworld
Date Published: 19th December 2011


'....In reaction to rising cybercrime incidents in both public and
private sectors, some African governments have set up incident
reporting and early warning bodies with the support of AfriNIC
(Africa Network Information Center).

South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Tunisia have set up
Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT) that will work with
information security professionals to report vulnerabilities and
detect DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks. The move is
coordinated by AfricaCERT, supported by AfriNIC.

"Our main goal originally was to raise awareness of cybersecurity
issues and set some framework with the support of the Internet
technical community. We had two workshops with law enforcement
agencies on IP forensics and how law and technology should be
brought tightly together to address some of our challenges," said
Adiel Akplogan, AfriNIC CEO.

AfriNIC has been holding meetings solely for government agencies
involved in ICT regulation, to make them find ways to work together
with information security experts to tackle rising cases of
cybercrime. AfricaCERT is currently collecting data on cybercrime
because there is insufficient research in the region.

"Africa is a huge area of concern for the IT security community:
There are some extremely talented and experienced engineers and
developers in the continent but they are terribly under-resourced
and faced with an impending wave of new, massive bandwidth that has
already started to arrive," said Steve Santorelli, director of
global outreach at Team Cymru, a security research company.

"IPv6 implementation will present some new opportunities in IT due
partly to the essentially unlimited number of new IPs available,"
said Santorelli. "In the short term, there should not be much
disruption to CERTS, but in the medium to long term IPv6 might
broaden the attack surface for miscreants in the underground
economy. More IP-enabled infrastructure, perhaps with less security
than we'd prefer, means more opportunities for crime."

AfriNIC is working with governments and operators in Africa to
deploy IPv6......'

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