Cybercrime War: Kenya To Get Part of Ksh3.3B From UK

UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, on Wednesday, May 12 announced £22 million (Ksh3.3 billion) of new investment that will aid in building cyber security resilience in developing countries and across the world, particularly in Africa and the Indo-Pacific.

Cybercrime War: Kenya To Get Part of Ksh3.3B From UK

Kenya is set to benefit from Ksh3.3 billion set aside by the United Kingdom (UK) to support INTERPOL aided operations against cybercrime in a section of African countries.

UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, on Wednesday, May 12 announced £22 million (Ksh3.3 billion) of new investment that will aid in building cyber security resilience in developing countries and across the world, particularly in Africa and the Indo-Pacific.

The UK, jointly with INTERPOL, is setting up a new cyber operations hub in Africa working across Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda to support joint operations against cyber crime.

Speaking at the National Cyber Security Centre’s CYBERUK conference, Raab outlined the UK’s vision of being a leading responsible cyber power and added that it is working with partners to shape the cyberspace according to their values.

“We are working with like-minded partners, to make sure that the international order that governs cyber is fit for purpose. Our aim should be to create a cyberspace that is free, open, peaceful and secure, and which benefits all countries and all people.

“We want to see international law respected in cyberspace, just as we would anywhere else. And we need to show how the rules apply to these changes in technology, the changes in threats, and the systemic attempts to render the internet a lawless space.” Raab stated in his speech.

The Ksh3.3 billion investment in cyber capacity building will target countries in Africa, the Commonwealth and Indo-Pacific, transforming their resilience by helping build national emergency response teams and promoting future leadership by funding new Chevening scholarships.

The new INTERPOL desk will work across Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda, creating a regional strategy to support joint operations against cybercrime, and strengthen African states’ capability to combat the crime and those behind it.

With some of the fastest growing economies in the world, Africa has become a target for opportune cybercriminals.

By creating a central coordination desk within INTERPOL that law enforcement across Africa can use, the UK hopes to improve collaboration across borders to advance intelligence sharing, and ultimately stop the perpetrators of cybercrime in Africa.

Cases of online scams have been on the rise in Kenya with Kenyans reporting to have lost millions of shillings to fraudsters.

An INTERPOL report released in 2020 revealed that online organised crime in Kenya and other African states is being motivated by digitisation which makes it easier for criminals to target unsuspecting prey.

According to the report, Kenya lost over Ksh 21 billion to cybercrimes and online scammers in 2017.