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Peter Mutharika challenges Nicholas Dausi on cyber-crimes fight

President Peter Mutharika has challenged Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Nicholas Dausi, to champion cyber-security and protect Malawi from cyber-crimes.

Cyber-crime is committed using a computer and the internet to steal a person’s identity or sell smuggled goods or stalk victims or disrupt operations with malicious programmes.

Mutharika told Dausi that his ministry must lead Malawi into the digital age as the generation is fast becoming a digital generation.

“This development needs to be encouraged but balanced with discipline and an ethical culture. You are the Minister that must champion cyber-security and protect Malawi from cyber-crimes. Malawi is becoming an ICT [Information and Communications Technology]-driven economy but that comes with its responsibilities. I renamed your ministry to its present name to refocus on this ICT mandate. So, you have a big job,” Mutharika said.

Dausi said he will work to bring sanity in the ICT sector and will ensure that there is security for the people who use internet.

“We will come up with measures that will ensure cyber-security,” Dausi said.

The computer may be used as a tool in financial crimes, sale of illegal articles, pornography, online gambling, intellectual property crime, e-mail spoofing, forgery, cyber defamation and cyber stalking.

It may also be a target for unlawful acts such as unauthorised access to computer, computer system or computer networks and theft of information contained in the electronic form.

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