Japan donates cyber equipment to police


BY THE STAFF JOURNALIST

The Japanese government yesterday donated cybersecurity equipment worth 390 million yen (approximately US $ 3.6 million) to the Police of the Republic of Zimbabwe (ZRP) to fight internet crime.

In a statement released yesterday, police said the donated equipment will strengthen the fight against cybercrime and transnational crime in the region.

“The equipment uses the latest Japanese technology and is produced by a Japanese company, NEC,” the statement said.

“Cybercrime, including card fraud, has increased rapidly with the increase in the use of electronic payment methods such as scanning, online and mobile payments. Transnational crimes, in which crime syndicates use modern telecommunications networks such as the Internet and cell phones to commit a wide range of crimes in different countries, have also increased.

“These include trafficking in illicit goods, motor vehicles, theft, environmental crimes such as the illegal export of parts of wild animals, including elephant ivory and rhino horns, and the human trafficking. “

Police said the cybersecurity equipment would be used by the ZRP in partnership with the Interpol Regional Office for Southern Africa, headquartered in Harare, and the Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization of Southern Africa.

Japanese Embassy charge d’affaires in Zimbabwe Hiroyuki Kumagai said increased and sophisticated cyber attacks and transnational crimes pose serious threats in the Sadc region and could have a major impact on public safety.

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