Kenya creates special cyber-crime unit

January 19, 2014 • East Africa, Security, Top Stories

As cyber-crime activities across the continent cripple business and government websites, Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko announced last week that the country is taking steps to combat cyber-crime by forming a dedicated unit.

Kenya's Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko (image: file)

Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko (image: file)

Tobiko revealed that Kenya looses in excess of $23.3 million a year to cyber-crime.

“In view of the rising incidents of cyber-crime, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has established a dedicated unit to spearhead the prosecution of cyber criminals. Kenya is losing an estimated 2 billion shillings ($23.3 million) annually through cyber-crime,” said.

He added that the ODPP would review the existing laws pertaining to the prosecution of cyber-criminals.

“In recognising that there are inadequate laws currently in place for the prosecution of cyber-crimes, the ODPP has organised a workshop to review existing laws and develop a comprehensive draft bill on cyber-crime in line with relevant international best practices,” he concluded.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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