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Cybercrime in Nigeria: Causes, Effects and the Way Out

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Author Anah Bijik Hassan, Funmi David Lass, Julius Makinde
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 626-631
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 7
Issue Date August 01, 2012
Publishing Date August 01, 2012
Keywords Cybercrimes, Nigeria, terrorism, fraud and spam.


Cybercrime involves using computers and Internet by individuals to commit crime. Cyber terrorism, identity theft and spam are identified as types of cybercrimes. The study identified some of the causes of cyber crimes to include urbanization, unemployment and weak implementation of cyber crime laws. The effects of cybercrimes on organizations, the society and the country in general include reducing the competitive edge of organizations, waste of production time and damage to the image of the country. With Nigeria venturing into cashless society, there is a need for cybercrimes menace to be minimized if not completely eradicated. Some of the ways of combating such crimes include taking reasonable steps to protect ones property by ensuring that firms protect their IT infrastructure like Networks and computer systems; government should assure that cyber crime laws are formulated and strictly adhered to and individuals should observe simple rules by ensuring antivirus protection on their computer systems.

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