National Cybersecurity Policy Framework for South Africa, 2012 (7 March 2012) states: "Cybercrime" means illegal acts, the commission of which involves the use of information and communication technologies
The Cybercrimes Bill, does not provide a definition for "cybercrime" but rather creates a number of offences which we can refer to collectively as "cybercrimes".
interesting facts and stats
- In 2020, 80% of organisations saw a rise in cyberattacks
- there is an attempted cyberattack every 28 seconds (https://www.fireeye.com/cyber-map/threat-map.html)
- the damage related to cybercrime is projected to hit $6trillion annually by 2021
- Phishing attempts have increased by more than 660% since March 1, 2020
- Ransomware attacks rose 148% in March 2020 (https://www.idagent.com/10-essential-facts-about-cybercrime-in-2020)
- South Africa has the third highest number of cyber crime victims worldwide, resulting in a loss of about 2.2 billion Rand each year to cyber attacks, according to the South African Banking Risk
- Information Center (SABRIC). While we are rated as the 31st worst country when it comes to cybersecurity (https://www.itweb.co.za/content/5yONPvEg2YkMXWrb)
- The rise of Crime-as-a-Service.
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