The African continent isn’t immune to the onslaughts of cybercriminals. The Eastern region in particular has seen a rise in cyber enabled crimes in recent years targeting its infrastructure and telecom industry. Kenya has opened a Center Center to coordinate its effort against cybercrime.
East Africa has seen an explosion of mobile services such as mobile money transfer. This enables almost all its citizens cashless transactions. Mostly privately own companies are the driving force behind this progress. The telecoms industry which provide the backbone of the traffic are still maturing and security sometimes comes as an afterthought. Unfortunately the bad guys see this as an untapped region. By and large the economy of these countries is still maturing and their infrastructures are somewhat unregulated. Competition takes precedence over security which makes them low hanging fruits for the cyber crooks.