According to a report by the East African Business Week, the Ugandan government has established a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) under the country’s Communications Commission (UCC) to detect cyber crime.
The unit has been tasked with monitoring online activity to identify and report high-tech crimes such as cyber-based terrorism, online sexual exploitation and cyber fraud, amongst others.
Director of technology and licensing at the UCC, Patrick Mwesigwa, told the publication that the regulation body has also acquired specialised equipment as part of the unit’s setup.
Mwesigwa said a team of IT experts would work alongside the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to trace suspected cases of abuse.
The move to create a specialised cyber crime unit comes in the wake of heightened threats against the country, including the hacking of government websites and that of the Mulago Hospital.
The report quotes a 2010 Global Cyber security Agenda document as stating that there were at least 280 million web attacks on people and organisations worldwide.
The government of Uganda has enacted a legislation in a bid to curtail cyber crime, including the Electronic Transactions Act, the Electronic Signatures Act and Computer Misuse Act.