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Tanzania: Ag Office Organises Cybercrime Workshop
Source: Tanzania Daily News
Source Date: Thursday, June 06, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: Tanzania
Created: Jun 07, 2013

The office of the Attorney General has organised a two-day workshop in Cybercrime Investigation and Prosecution for staff of Attorney General's Chambers in Mwanza and Tabora regions, to enhance capacity of their members of staff to fight cybercrime.

The chamber through the Corporate Training Group (CTG) invited Shaun Knight from South Africa to share his skills on cyber investigation techniques and processes with workshop participants over the weekend.

CTG Team Leader, Derek Murusuri said the participants were exposed to advanced techniques of detecting cybercrime, prevention, investigation and successful prosecution. Research has it that out of US$1trillion stolen over the years through cybercrime, only 5 per cent of the criminals have already been apprehended and charged, he said.

"We have been exposed to very useful investigative techniques which would broaden our understanding of how cybercriminals break into other people, government or firm's sites and steal or maliciously interfere privacy, indeed this could lead to successful prosecution, thank you", said one of the participants from Musoma Chambers, Edwin Kakolaki.

Presenting the 2013/14 budget estimates for the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology, Prof Makame Mbarawa said the government has come up with a Computer Emergency Response System Team (CERT) to combat this generational challenge in safe keeping of financial resources and privacy.

He said CERT operates under the functional arm of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) and it will act as primary security service provider for the government in line with the protection of its citizens. Minister Mbarawa requested the Assembly to endorse TSh 63.1billion for his ministry for 2013/14 budget, out of which TSh 35.5billion was for development projects and 27.2 billion for recurrent expenditure.

The purpose of CTG workshop was to give all attendees a clear picture on the nature of cyber crimes and how to investigate such crimes by new technology and procedure. Since new cyber crimes arise by the leap development of telecommunication and information technologies, investigators must face such challenges with a totally different thought and technical skills.

"We provide this training program not only with newly developed technologies and skills, but we also provide case study on the methodology to break such cyber crimes in real environment by those experienced investigators," said Mr Murusuri.

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