SA has a cybercrime ‘crisis’

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Over at Engineering News they’re running an scare story about cybercrime in South Africa. Apparently, the CEO of the South African Centre for Information Security – Beza Belayneh – has described it as a “national crisis”, and that South Africa is the third most phished country in the world.

“Cybercrime is no longer a criminality, it is a national crisis,” he said, adding that this was an event that should bring together all the Cabinet Ministers, banks and consultants, besides others.

“Governments are hacked, police websites are hacked, banks are losing millions – the statistics are that South Africa loses R1-billion a year, and it now threatens human life,” he said.

The International Telecommunications Unions attributed losses of about $100-billion a year worldwide to cybercrime.


Security firm RSA actually says that South Africa is number five in the rankings for phishing attacks, after the UK, US, Canada and India – but that’s still not a great record for us is it?

There is a Cybersecurity Policy draft kicking around, but it will only be publically available in August. In the meantime, here’s an awesome tool for teaching people the dangers of clicking phishing links without allowing them to come to harm.

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.