The Status of Cyber Crime in Zambia
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Cybercrime cut across territorial borders, creating a new realm of illegal human activity and undermining the feasibility and legitimacy of applying laws based on geographic boundaries. Nations are finding cybercrime deeply threatening. It is subjecting States to unprecedented challenges with regard to their efficacy, sovereignty and functions. The past several decades have brought a vast increase in the availability of electronic resources. Technologies such as cellular phones, home computers, the internet and websites have added another dimension to crime. That dimension involves increased methods at criminals' disposal to commit certain crimes along with increased locations in which crimes can occur. With this increased availability of technology has come this form of criminal activity that takes advantage of electronic resources. Currently, these new forms of crime are burgeoning and pose a new and lasting challenge to law enforcement agencies at all levels on how to prevent, investigate, and prosecute these crimes. Computer crime poses a daunting task for law enforcement agencies because they are highly technical crimes.Accordingly, this paper seeks to address and analyse the following issues: Firstly, it raises awareness with regard to the rise of crime in cyberspace. Secondly, the essay examines the nature of the crime, what cybercrime is, the types of cybercrimes, how the crimes and committed some of the reasons why criminals engage in these crimes. Thirdly the essay looks at the prevalence or the status of cybercrimes in Zambia and the response on measures being taken by the relevant stakeholders. Finally, the paper would conclude by discussing the steps that should be taken in the battle against these crimes.
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