The exponential growth in the information and communication technology sector has created unprecedented opportunities for accelerated development in interactions by individuals and corporate entities facilitating the establishment of knowledge-based digital societies. The Special Joint Cybercrime Crack Squad was an effort of collaboration among security agencies and other stakeholders following a rise of abuse of social media platforms, the Ministry of Transport and Communications said in a statement.
The wider and increased availability to the digital platforms such as the internet and mobile technology has led to some individuals using ICTs to propagate illegal vices. In order to mitigate against abusive and illegal use of digital platforms and vulnerabilities amongst and against Zambian citizens, the Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Transport and Communications has spearheaded the formation of a Special Joint Cybercrime Crack Squad.
The squad will support the identification of investigative overlaps and eliminate duplicity of resources while effecting new investigative approaches to bring about the rapid resolution of cybercrime cases and fast-track prosecution of offenders, according to the statement. While acknowledging the exponential growth in ICTs which has created unprecedented opportunities for development, the statement noted that the wider and increased availability of digital platforms has led to some unscrupulous engagements.
Zambia has seen an increase in abuse of social media, which includes the opening of fake Facebook pages in the names of prominent people including President Edgar Lungu and ministers, which are being used to syphon money from unsuspecting members of the public. The Special Joint Cybercrime Crack Squad will play a lead role in bringing some level of sanity amongst digital platform users in the country.