Cybercrimes are crimes performed through a computer. It can be hacking a bank system and making away with lots of money, or it can be devising programs meant to steal information. In either way, cybercrime in Nigeria is as a result of the following:
1. Desire for wealth
There is a considerable gap between the rich and the poor in Nigeria. The poor will always feel the urge to be rich as fast as they can. As a result, they will find the best way to do this. Cybercrime seems the best way to fill the gap, and hence, most people get involved in this.
Cybercrime examples can be hacking a bank and making away with lots of money. The poor in the ardent to get rich find themselves in such.
Most people are not keen on details. Especially in a computer system, they will neglect small information that will cause the cybercriminal to access the computer system and steal information or money.
There are software and tools meant to protect systems against cyber crimes.
However, since one characteristic of human conduct is negligence, it makes it easy for hackers to enter the system. Moreover, once cybercriminals get control of your system, they might bring down your entire business.
The best thing is to hire computer experts to identify loopholes in your computer system.
3. Complex systems
If you’re told to operate a computer system, it would be a daunting task because it’s complicated. Cyber crimes happen to most people who don’t know much about computer systems and don’t hire someone to do the job for them. Since programs contain millions of lines of codes, it would be hard for a nonprofessional to find errors in such a system.
However, since cybercriminals are apt in this, they will access your system easily and make their way with information or money.
Unemployment has brought a myriad of problems to the Nigerian economy. According to research, there are up to 21 million unemployed Nigerians. With these numbers rising, the country is bound to face more challenges because, in their quest to make a living, many jobless youths enter criminal activities such as cybercrime.
If someone is unemployed, he or she can engage in any activity to generate money. Most jobless youths see cybercrime as the best option.
5. Not implementing cyber crimes laws
This has also led to a rise in cybercrime because if the government does not bring cybercriminals to book, more will engage in this. If the government imposes strict rules, it can help to reduce such cases.
Also, it’s sometimes a daunting task to track cyber criminals. Since they have top-notch computer systems experience, they can cover their footprints quite easily.
Cybercrime in Nigeria can reduce its competitive edge and lower the economy.