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Africa's Coming Cyber-Crime Epidemic

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the hello-sir-madam dept.

Crime 142

jfruh writes "Those Nigerian spam scams of the last decade may have just been the first step in a looming African cyber-crime wave. Africa has the world's fastest-growing middle class, whose members are increasingly tech-savvy and Internet connected — and the combination of ambitious, educated people, a ceiling on advancement due to corruption and lack of infrastructure, and lax law enforcement is a perfect petri dish for increased cybercrime."

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Shadowrun! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453389)

Or something...I don't even...

Re:Shadowrun! (2)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#42453455)

I can't remember which book it was, I think a William Gibson novel one of the characters made a lot of money exploiting old security exploits on old equipment that the African nations purchased collapsing their economies.

Re:Shadowrun! (2)

Darth Snowshoe (1434515) | about 2 years ago | (#42453587)

COUNT ZERO

They hijack boats (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453399)

They kidnap people and hold them for ransom. They are the filth of the earth; this is the armpit of the world and why would you expect anything different?

Re:They hijack boats (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453435)

They kill a classroom full of 6/7 year olds. They are the filth of the earth too?

Re:They hijack boats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453511)

Piracy is a problem, indeed...

Re:They hijack boats (1)

alen (225700) | about 2 years ago | (#42453605)

really? check out the history of san francisco in the 1800's

they would entrap young men, drug them and put them on ships. then tell them to get to work or get dumped over board

Re:They hijack boats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453829)

really? check out the history of san francisco in the 1800's

they would entrap young men, drug them...

I think they still do that.

Re:They hijack boats (1)

SilentStaid (1474575) | about 2 years ago | (#42454111)

really? check out the history of san francisco in the 1800's

they would entrap young men, drug them...

I think they still do that.

Yeah, but men threatening other young men with dumping in San Francisco now is mostly related to a clash over Lady Gaga and not you know, indentured servitude.

Re:They hijack boats (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453863)

Good point libtard! Clearly the white man is at fault and the United States of America is no better than third world African shit holes that haven't been able to form civilized society since the dawn of time!

Re:They hijack boats (0)

gooner666 (2612117) | about 2 years ago | (#42454009)

You finally figured it out even with that thick skull of yours.

itworld tag? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453419)

So I can ignore this vacuous hyperbole.

Computers, in the future .. (3, Insightful)

dgharmon (2564621) | about 2 years ago | (#42453447)

"There's a great chapter from a 1981 children's book called "World of Tomorrow: School, Work and Play" that imagines how computers, in the future, would give rise to a whole new phenomenon: 'Computer Crimes" .. Computer criminals will "work from home, using his own computer to gain access to the memories of the computers used by the banks and companies"

I guess it'll be safer to use the BBC Microcomputer [wikipedia.org] in the 'future' ...

Re:Computers, in the future .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453667)

The excerpt from World of Tomorrow: School, Work and Play: http://i.imgur.com/eU2sM.png

I don't think it means what you think it does... (-1, Offtopic)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 2 years ago | (#42453451)

English is an evolving language, so here: Let's redefine the term to match the mean by which it's used:

Looming adj. - Describing an approaching event that will never actually happen, or upon happening will have no measurable significance.
"Scientists are keenly aware of the moon's looming threat to either crash into the Earth or be flung into deep space."

No Laws, No Service (1)

na1led (1030470) | about 2 years ago | (#42453491)

So why the hell do we not cut them off from the Internet? Politicians want to restrict our Internet, but who give a ratz a$$ about where the real problems are at.

Re:No Laws, No Service (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453685)

Because they would proxy in from another country.

Re:No Laws, No Service (2, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#42453709)

So why the hell do we not cut them off from the Internet?

Here's why, by analogy:

Statement: The vast majority of violent crime occurs in urban areas.
Response by your logic: Why don't we carpetbomb all urban areas to prevent violent crime?

See what you did there?

Generalization is the hallmark of the non-thinker.

Re:No Laws, No Service (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453793)

"Generalization is the hallmark of the non-thinker."

People are at times killed by other people with guns. Solution: Ban all gun ownership by law abiding people.

So where then do you stand slashdotter?

Re:No Laws, No Service (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | about 2 years ago | (#42454119)

"Generalization is the hallmark of the non-thinker."

People are at times killed by other people with guns. Solution: Ban all gun ownership by law abiding people.

So where then do you stand slashdotter?

I love guns, those gun wielding Anime girls are hot 'n sexy. Too bad most of them are lesbians...

Re:No Laws, No Service (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42454241)

Women are raped by men with penises (penii?), I call for a comprehensive ban on all penises.

All drunk driving arrests involve people driving cars, I call for a complete ban on all automobiles, buses, motorcycles and golf carts.

I can do this all day.

Re:No Laws, No Service (1)

Trilkin (2042026) | about 2 years ago | (#42455841)

And the ones that aren't lesbians are fucking crazy. That's animu for you.

Re:No Laws, No Service (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42456147)

No, that's women for you.

Re:No Laws, No Service (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 2 years ago | (#42454185)

Fuzzy reasoning is also the hallmark of a non-thinker.

Approximately 29 people a day are killed by other people with guns in the US. Of those, 80% (according to an FBI study in 1998) are possibly illegally owned guns. Ergo, at least 20% of the weapons used are legally owned. So banning gun ownership by law abiding people could potentially save 6 lives a day, or 1800 lives a year.

Re:No Laws, No Service (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42454535)

"So banning gun ownership by law abiding people could potentially save 6 lives a day, or 1800 lives a year."

Assuming your statistics are valid, which isn't really important, you do not know how large the percentage of that 6 per day is the result of self protection and thus a desired outcome. Not to mention the deaths or other crimes that are *prevented* from occurring by the threat of force shown by legal gun owners in the protection of their own selves or homes, these statistics are essentially non existent.

People who own guns legally almost never commit crimes. People, gun owners and non gun owners, sometimes do commit crimes. Do you not yet see that your utopia where there is no crime and all hungry people are fed lollipops and drive cars powered by unicorn farts cannot and will not ever exist?

And to continue the thought experiment, all people who have eaten potato chips are dead or will die; I call for the total banning of all potato based products and the use of all rapid opening packaging which can be used to distribute potato chips in quantities that no civilian should ever have a need to use.

Re:No Laws, No Service (0)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 2 years ago | (#42455079)

People who own guns legally almost never commit crimes.

People who don't own any guns almost never commit crimes. What's your point?

Re:No Laws, No Service (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42455205)

My point is quite clear, frankly I am at a loss as to what you do not understand. I will not try and restate it because I suspect you are just being argumentative and are not truly interested in discussion. If I am wrong please clarify your question and I will be happy to elucidate.

Re:No Laws, No Service (1)

flyneye (84093) | about 2 years ago | (#42456371)

You mean felons? They aren't allowed to own guns, but go figure the recidivism statistics for crime.
Knives, chains, baseball bats, pocket stun guns or just a group of them following you out to the parking lot. What's your damn point?

Re:No Laws, No Service (0)

logjon (1411219) | about 2 years ago | (#42454929)

Assuming your figures are correct, this is true. If you ignore lives saved with defensive uses, assume that none of the 1,800 would find alternate means to murder, and disregard the emboldening effects on the criminal class. We'll not get into whether 1,800 people is worth the fundamental defensive rights of an entire nation.

Re:No Laws, No Service (1)

flyneye (84093) | about 2 years ago | (#42456423)

Your fuzzy reasoning needs a shave...
We might as well include the potential lives saved by disinfecting the planet of the offender who would doubtless continue his crime spree past his last one if not prevented. Would you feel better if guns were outlawed and everyone reverted to knives, arrows, baseball bats? The will to death isn't exclusive to any particular tool.
Your next argument has far too many maybes to use for anything but a sieve.

Re:No Laws, No Service (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42454139)

So why the hell do we not cut them off from the Internet?

Here's why, by analogy: Statement: The vast majority of violent crime occurs in urban areas. Response by your logic: Why don't we carpetbomb all urban areas to prevent violent crime?

Sounds good. Get right on it.

Re:No Laws, No Service (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42454329)

Your proposal is silly. Carpet bombing would destroy the buildings. Neutron bombing is the way to go.

Re:No Laws, No Service (1)

na1led (1030470) | about 2 years ago | (#42454445)

That's not my thinking at all. What I'm saying, these countries don't abide by the laws that the rest of the world abide by, so why do we treat them as equal. What countries like Africa are doing is cyber war against us, so why do we sit on our fat asses and do nothing?

Re:No Laws, No Service (1, Insightful)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#42454737)

That's not my thinking at all.

Then you should be more clear to avoid confusion - intent is often difficult to infer from written text, and it is the duty of the writer to ensure his message is clearly stated.

What I'm saying, these countries don't abide by the laws that the rest of the world abide by, so why do we treat them as equal.

What are these international laws that "the rest of the world," which includes Russia, China, and the U.S., supposedly abide by? None I've ever heard of.

What countries like Africa are doing

Ah, a student of the Sarah Palin School of International Knowledge.

Explains a lot, actually.

Re:No Laws, No Service (0)

na1led (1030470) | about 2 years ago | (#42455847)

Shouldn’t Dick Heads like you be hanging out on at the Huffington Post?

Re:No Laws, No Service (1)

Lord Apathy (584315) | about 2 years ago | (#42454175)

Why isn't there a scammers black list? We have ad lists for ad blockers and spam list for spammers. Why not a black list for ipaddress of known scammers?

Re:No Laws, No Service (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 2 years ago | (#42455011)

Why isn't there a scammers black list? We have ad lists for ad blockers and spam list for spammers. Why not a black list for ipaddress of known scammers?

Many anti-spam products keep a dynamic list of these, as well as grey-lists of IP blocks in common scam areas. SURBL keeps a list too.

The problem here is that known scammers are not located at IP addresses -- the Nigerian system is set up with mob bosses and a chain of command -- with the actual "scammers" usually being people sending scams via internet cafes or via cell phones who are being threatened by the mob or whose family members are being threatened by the mob (little "m"). Blocking an IP address just blocks a specific computer in an internet cafe or individual phone from sending scam mail while it has that address reserved. Eventually it's released back to the local pool and another one is used.

Essentially, you'd have to block Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and various other African countries (or at least their major ISP netblocks) in order to block *some* of the scammers.

Recently, the African scammers have learned about botnets, and now you see the messages coming from compromised computers in Korea and the Philippines.

The other technique used by African scammers is to break into individual email accounts inside US educational institutions, and then send their scams to others within the same institution, collecting more addresses as they go. When they get enough addresses for a rotating list, they start sending out low-volume scam mail to people outside the institution (including the "help! I'm on vacation in Mozambique and lost everything! Please wire me some money!" scams). The sender IP is from the institution, and the email address is legit. Why not just block all emails referencing Western Union or Moneygram? You'd be more effective than with IP blocks.

The real solutions are much more complex (both already implemented and actually effective).

I wonder about small ISPs and security... (3, Interesting)

mlts (1038732) | about 2 years ago | (#42453509)

Africa is a huge continent. The US gets flooded with pictures of kids starving on a constant basis, but in reality, there are a lot of countries with a middle class, with middle class problems.

What I wonder about is the concept of small, but agile ISPs, small enough to provide security on their end (firewalls, outgoing port 25 blocking unless it goes through a relay, even perhaps more active IDS/IPS items like blocking C&C hosts.) ISPs small enough that they can handle threats rapidly, but large enough to be fairly profitable.

Defense in depth is critical, but there are places where one gets more bang for their naira on the network topology, mainly the edge routers, as well as different user segments.

Just offering an "antivirus kit" won't help much, because of the difficulty of AV programs in catching zero-days. Ideally an IDS/IPS, with some way to allow subscribers to bypass it if they have some special requirement (like a personal mail server, or running some other incoming process) would help catch the larger attacks, and help protect against DoS/DDoS attacks which won't take down the ISP, but can take down a subscriber on DSL or cable.

Nothing is perfect, but this is better than nothing.

but is it better than BACON?!!! (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 2 years ago | (#42453755)

Nothing is perfect, but this is better than nothing.

How can anything better than Nothing? You yourself just said Nothing was perfect.

Re:I wonder about small ISPs and security... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453925)

Middle class in Africa isn't even remotely close to being comparable to middle class in most of the first world. In the U.S. it would still be considered extreme poverty.

Re:I wonder about small ISPs and security... (0)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 2 years ago | (#42455103)

Middle class in Africa isn't even remotely close to being comparable to middle class in most of the first world. In the U.S. it would still be considered extreme poverty.

Depends what you're comparing. In many parts of Africa, cell phone use is much denser per capita than in the US; access to nutritious food can be on-par. Access to other infrastructure varies, as does the need to have that infrastructure.

Looked at a different way: Middle Class USA is considered pretty messed up by much of the rest of the world, with individual values that make up being "middle class" being heavily skewed (who wants to work constantly to "buy" expensive things that don't really improve quality of life, while putting you in debt to others (indentured servitude) for the rest of your life, and destroying social health and well being?).

Please stop using the prefix "cyber" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453533)

Thanks!

Re:Please stop using the prefix "cyber" (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 2 years ago | (#42453721)

CyberThanks!

FTFY :P

Re:Please stop using the prefix "cyber" (1)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#42453785)

Please offer a substitute for the prefix "cyber"

Re:Please stop using the prefix "cyber" (1)

ae1294 (1547521) | about 2 years ago | (#42454153)

Please offer a substitute for the prefix "cyber"

Shiter... As in - "Man the Shiter-space sure is full of ass-hats today."

What do you expect? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453539)

It's a land where TNB is SOP.

Learn Statistics. Car sales increase car accident (4, Interesting)

retroworks (652802) | about 2 years ago | (#42453569)

The highest growth rates in internet access, during the past 10 years, have been in nations earning about $3000 per year, or 1/10 the average GDP of "rich" nations. As more and more people get internet, we can expect the use of "cybercrime" to expand, just as we can expect car accidents to increase in nations where cars become affordable. Meanwhile, loans to Africans through organizations like Kiva.org are repaid at a higher rate than bank loans in America. I do a lot of business in the developing (or more aptly named, Emerging) world and find the "petri dish for increased cybercrime" alarmist. The rapid, rapid education and rise of geeks of color is a "petri dish" for film, art, photography, software development (see MEST in Ghana), blood banks, laughter, tears, hugs, etc. Yes, cyber crime will increase, like everything else will increase. The article is stupid.

By the way, in case you missed it, the stories about "80-90% of e-waste exports" being burned by primitive African children has also been disproven by 3 separate studies. Africa has had television since I lived there in the 1980s, and the junk filmed burned at African landfills was in use for years, it's the same generation of waste as goes to our own landfills. Three studies showed that 80-90% of used computers imported are successfully reused and repaired. Articles like this one lead to profiling and arrests of good people as "e-waste criminals". The "other-ization" of geeks of color is really shameful.

Re:Learn Statistics. Car sales increase car accide (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453801)

Well I was in Africa and did a study; 90% pf people want to be involved in cyber crime. Shoots a hole in your supposed theory.

John Allen Paulos (1)

drainbramage (588291) | about 2 years ago | (#42454227)

Mathematics (Chair?) at Temple University, does a little writing.
Try 'A Mathematician Reads The Newspaper'.
I think the first of his books was 'Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences', great gift book.

Re:Learn Statistics. Car sales increase car accide (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 2 years ago | (#42454289)

The e-waste thing isn't "other-ization" (whatever the F that is) but rather shaming of Westerners for dumping their garbage on Africa. Can we not disturb the narrative? It's useful.

Re:Learn Statistics. Car sales increase car accide (1)

retroworks (652802) | about 2 years ago | (#42454475)

Except the Westerners didn't dump their garbage there. That was the myth I'm talking about. The math was wrong, just like this math is wrong. Why was it believed? Looks like even smart people like you believed it. Profiling.

Re:Learn Statistics. Car sales increase car accide (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | about 2 years ago | (#42455581)

Even if it's not true, it's still a useful myth to shame Westerners into doing the right thing instead of dumping their problems on people of color.

Re:Learn Statistics. Car sales increase car accide (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42454609)

The you're missing is that whether the equipment was in use for decades or not burning it in open ditches is not an acceptable disposal method. Laws in the much of the "developed" world don't allow this and increasingly don't allow landfilling either. No one is saying "ship the computers to Africa to burn them" they're saying "ship computers to Africa, some of them might be useful, a lot probably aren't, and there is a definite lack of oversight of proper disposal."

You seem to have a bit of a chip on your shoulder about people you assume are assuming the worst generalities of a continent. I work in ewaste disposal, and I'll be the first to say that it's not an "African problem". You have to understand though that enforcement measures in many African countries are not as broad or defined as in North America or Europe.

Article srares the obvious. (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 2 years ago | (#42453571)

I don't mean to offend the author of the article, but..., maybe he might have provided more insight than "more people will have computer access in the future, cyber crimes will increase".

Wait, Wait, Wait. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453597)

Where do these "facts" come from. It was my understanding that it was India that "has the world's fastest-growing middle class, whose members are increasingly tech-savvy and Internet connected — and the combination of ambitious, educated people, a ceiling on advancement due to corruption and lack of infrastructure, and lax law enforcement"...

Anyone losing anything to Nigerian or other African scammers is a nit wit. Africa offers no greater threat than they ever have, which is to say nearly nil.

us or them? (1)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#42453599)

members are increasingly tech-savvy and Internet connected — and the combination of ambitious, educated people, a ceiling on advancement due to corruption and lack of infrastructure, and lax law enforcement

They talking about us or them? Doesn't seem fair to pick on the africans when its not really any different in the USA or any number of other places.

Are you sure it's Africa? (0)

drainbramage (588291) | about 2 years ago | (#42453617)

You said "ambitious, educated people, a ceiling on advancement due to corruption and lack of infrastructure, and lax law enforcement".
Are you sure this isn't the US?
Wait, my bad, right up front you mentioned "ambitious, educated people", not the US.

Re:Are you sure it's Africa? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453949)

"Wait, my bad, right up front you mentioned "ambitious, educated people", not the US."

Yes you are right, there are a good 20% of us who voted for Obama, Obamaphones and welfare checks. Pretty much the same lot that believed the world was going to end on Dec 20 2012. Hardly the ambitious crowd no?

World did not end (1)

drainbramage (588291) | about 2 years ago | (#42454257)

Score is now Earth 1, Mayans 0.

Re:Are you sure it's Africa? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42454979)

The US should export capitalism to Africa. That will remove the ceilings of advancement. The exporting of weapons seems to have resulted less than perfect results in that area.

Politically incorrect (0)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#42453633)

African cyber-crime wave.

Thats racist(tm)(c) and completely non-politically correct. Not quite as bad as using the N word but still inappropriate. Should have been written:

African-American cyber-crime wave.

There now thats the politically correct term.

Re:Politically incorrect (1)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#42453663)

That would only be politically correct if said Africans were in America.

Re:Politically incorrect (1)

vlm (69642) | about 2 years ago | (#42455065)

Yeah, thats kind of the point. Been there seen this on dailyWTF or sociological images or whatever, clowns forcing black people living in europe/africa to identify themselves as "afro-americans" despite having nothing to do with the USA. A great LOL. Almost as funny as my pale pasty white high school friend who immigrated from south africa demanding to be called an afro-american and get in on all the racial quota deals and scholarships and stuff at colleges. Always wondered what happened to that guy.

Re:Politically incorrect (1)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#42455111)

That sounds completely ridiculous, but probable.

Got any links to examples I can laugh at?

Re:Politically incorrect (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 2 years ago | (#42455171)

whoosh...

Re:Politically incorrect (1)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#42455355)

Your "whoosh" indicates that I am missing vitally important information that every other person on this earth knows except for me.

Mind enlightening me?

That phrase, "fastest growing"... (2)

jonadab (583620) | about 2 years ago | (#42453637)

> Africa has the world's fastest-growing middle class

Translation for people who didn't major in math: Africa has almost no middle class.

When something is really really small, even the tiniest amount of growth appears quite large when expressed as a percentage. It's like when I say that the game my friends and I invented is the fastest-growing game in the world, because two nights ago there were only two of us playing it, but last night we had a party and played it with eight of our friends, so it experienced 400% growth in a single night, which if we extrapolate it out (assuming we maintain the same growth rate) would be hundreds of thousands of percent growth per annum.

Now, Africa's middle class isn't quite _that_ small. In fact, I believe there are more than eight people in the middle class in Nigeria alone. Nonetheless, Africa's middle class is excruciatingly small compared to the middle class on any other inhabited continent you care to name.

Re:That phrase, "fastest growing"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42454171)

Do you have to display your ignorance for the whole world to see? Sometimes it's better just to keep shtum and keep the world guessing whether it's got a genius or imbecile in its midst rather than making it so blindingly obvious.

Socratic Irony? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453651)

Let me chip this in before the racist bigots spout . . . And the country with the highest internet crime is . . .*drum rolls*

epidemic? (2)

schlachter (862210) | about 2 years ago | (#42453657)

Why is Africa always having epidemics?

Re:epidemic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42455017)

The same reason America always has wars.

It sells newspapers.

Re:epidemic? (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 2 years ago | (#42455193)

Why is Africa always having epidemics?

Same reason everyone else is... it makes for good press coverage.

A Pandemic, on the other hand, is much more rare, as it's not news; everyone has already experienced it.

OLPC (1)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | about 2 years ago | (#42453677)

....kinda backfired on us didn't it.

Re:OLPC (3, Funny)

fredrated (639554) | about 2 years ago | (#42453747)

One Laptop Per Criminal?

Re:OLPC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453851)

You should be restricted to a read-only internet.

Re:OLPC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453777)

You beat me to it. This is exactly what I kept thinking was going to happen back when they were constantly running those OLPC stories.

Re:OLPC (1)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#42453871)

How so?

SIMPLE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453717)

Drop these networks:
196.0.0.0/8, 154.0.0.0/8, 41.0.0.0/8, 102.0.0.0/8, 105.0.0.0/8, 197.0.0.0/8, 2c00::/12, 2001:4200::/23 DROP

Do the same for APNIC (no chinese):
1.0.0.0/8, 14.0.0.0/8, 27.0.0.0/8, 36.0.0.0/8, 39.0.0.0/8, 42.0.0.0/8, 49.0.0.0/8, 58.0.0.0/8, 59.0.0.0/8, 60.0.0.0/8, 61.0.0.0/8, 101.0.0.0/8, 103.0.0.0/8, 106.0.0.0/8, 110.0.0.0/8, 111.0.0.0/8, 112.0.0.0/8, 113.0.0.0/8, 114.0.0.0/8, 115.0.0.0/8, 116.0.0.0/8, 117.0.0.0/8, 118.0.0.0/8, 119.0.0.0/8, 120.0.0.0/8, 121.0.0.0/8, 122.0.0.0/8, 123.0.0.0/8, 124.0.0.0/8, 125.0.0.0/8, 126.0.0.0/8, 169.208.0.0/12, 175.0.0.0/8, 180.0.0.0/8, 182.0.0.0/8, 183.0.0.0/8, 202.0.0.0/8, 203.0.0.0/8, 210.0.0.0/8, 211.0.0.0/8, 218.0.0.0/8, 219.0.0.0/8, 220.0.0.0/8, 221.0.0.0/8, 222.0.0.0/8, 223.0.0.0/8, 2001:0200::/23, 2001:0C00::/23, 2001:0E00::/23, 2001:4400::/23, 2001:8000::/19, 2001:A000::/20 ,2001:B000::/20, 2400:0000::/12
Luckily my house and office have no business with connectivity in these countries. Subscribe and understand who NANOG is...

all im saying is (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453735)

beware of cameroon

Re:all im saying is (1)

dr_dank (472072) | about 2 years ago | (#42455377)

Kirk Cameroon?

sooo Goldman Sachs is offshoring to Africa? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453771)

"and the combination of ambitious, educated people, a ceiling on advancement due to corruption and lack of infrastructure, and lax law enforcement is a perfect petri dish for increased cybercrime"

Turnabout (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#42453781)

Considering what the West has done to Africa, it's hard to condemn these people for a little retaliation. Nothing they could steal from us will ever come close to matching the damage done by Colonialism.

Re:Turnabout (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453969)

If you go and sell your neighbor to someone else that someone else is not the problem, the problem is you selling your neighbor.

Arabs and Europeans did not go to africa and start asking around for slaves, africans imprisoned their neighbors and marched them to the middle east to sell them. There is a slavery road that predates the Sahara Desert from the midde of Africa to the Middle-east.

Once the Europeans had more land than they could handle they went looking for slaves, and hey lookey there at Africa, why they are selling their neighbors for cooking pots. Europeans did not go running though Africa enslaving people, they just came down to the already established slave market and purchased already available goods.

African-Americans tend not to like Africans for some unknown reason.

Re:Turnabout (1)

Hatta (162192) | about 2 years ago | (#42454055)

Who said anything about slavery?

Re:Turnabout (2)

RoknrolZombie (2504888) | about 2 years ago | (#42454101)

If we weren't at least a handful of generations beyond that point I'd agree. There comes a time when the past is the past and people need to look toward the future.

Re:Turnabout (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 2 years ago | (#42455053)

I disagree:
- These kinds of wounds don't heal quickly: We're still dealing with the after-effects of American slavery 150 years after it was outlawed, American Indian nations have never recovered from being conquered by Europeans, Ireland is still dealing with the after-effects of English rule, etc.

- One of the effects of colonial rule is that the borders of African nations sometimes bear no relationship whatsoever to who's living there. That's exactly the kind of setup that leads to internal revolts and territorial battles. For an example of another area of the world still dealing with that problem, look at Iraq, where the Kurds have been trying to separate themselves off from the rest of the country for decades because they don't really have a relationship with the Sunni and Shia in the south.

- Another effect of colonial rule is that all the really valuable natural resources are owned by foreign companies. For example, the vast majority of the profits from the Nigerian oil industry go not to Nigeria or anyone living there, but to Royal Dutch Shell. There's a similar story for most of the South African mining interests.

- During the Cold War, the US and USSR were both propping up brutal and crazy dictators (e.g. Idi Amin) in post-colonial Africa as a way to prevent the other side from taking over the country. Generally speaking, the longer a country has been a functioning democracy post-colonial, the better shape it's in.

- We're not exactly a handful of generations out. Many countries in Africa became independent in the 1960's. In other words, they're younger than American Baby Boomers.

Re:Turnabout (1)

Lord Apathy (584315) | about 2 years ago | (#42454331)

Considering what the West has done to Africa, it's hard to condemn these people for a little retaliation. Nothing they could steal from us will ever come close to matching the damage done by Colonialism.

Oh Bullshit! Colonialism ended 60 years ago. There where plenty of other colonial countries too. America, India, parts of south east Asia, and South America. Why is it only Africa that is constantly having problem?

We all know the answer to it, just nobody wants to say it. Colonialism probably was one of the best things that happened to these countries. It bought highways, medicine, railroads and modern science to primitive and backwards peoples. Yes, they where primitive and backwards.

When colonialism ended all the other colonies did something with the infrastructure. But only Africa seems to have fucked all that up. An its not just one country in Africa, its all of them. Only Africa took the golden goose that the colonial powers gave them and killed it.

Stop the strawman bullshit and put the blame where it belongs. Right on the Africans themselves.

Re:Turnabout (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | about 2 years ago | (#42455487)

Colonialism in the Americas: Europeans were brought in and decimated the way of life of the original inhabitants. Europeans stayed and prospered.

Colonialism in Australia/NZ: Europeans were brought in and decimated the way of life of the original inhabitants. Europeans stayed and prospered.

Colonialism in Asia: Europeans were brought in and failed to decimate the way of life of the original inhabitants. Europeans left and infrastructure helped natives recover (slowly).

Colonialism in Africa: Europeans were brought in and decimated the way of life of many inhabitants. Europeans left while retaining ownership of anything of value (oil, minerals, etc), and prospered. Original inhabitants continue to fight over what's left.

Some parts of Africa are doing better than others. The same continent gives you South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Mali, Somalia and Rwanda. Some of these were heavily damaged by colonization, some profited from it, some were barely touched by it. Generalizing a continent with so many different ancient cultures, histories, and societies based on how they are recovering from the most recent major political upheaval is a bit narrow-minded in my opinion.

So what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453799)

We already had a perfect petri dish for cybercrime: the old Soviet states. Lax law enforcement, rife with corruption, and lots of brilliant young people with internet access.

It's not like scams are a growth market - People who will fall for a scam spam are a somewhat limited resource, and being hit with five different scam in a row will even decrease the chance that one of them will succeed.

The only people who matter are the ones who discover new tricks and vulnerabilities. The rest are competitors for the same slice of the pie. Even botnets have a history of infighting.

Path to Prosperity (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42453867)

What other pathway to prosperity does a Nigerian resident have? Sounds about the same as what's available in American slum areas. Or any slum dweller anywhere, for that matter.

Re:Path to Prosperity (1)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#42454277)

What other pathway to prosperity does a Nigerian resident have?

They could sell the personal information of scammers.

I know some people who are interested.

William Gibson "Count Zero" (1)

fallen1 (230220) | about 2 years ago | (#42454013)

As alluded to by the father of cyberpunk himself:

"The Wig reasoned that all that obsolete silicon had to be going somewhere. Where it was going, he learned, was into any number of very poor places struggling along with nascent industrial bases. Nations so benighted that the concept of nation was still taken seriously. The Wig punched himself through a couple of African back-waters and felt like a shark cruising a swimming pool thick with caviar. Not that any one of those tasty tiny eggs amounted to much, but you could just open wide and scoop, and it was easy and filling and it added up. The Wig worked the Africans for a week, incidentally bringing about the collapse of at least three governments and causing untold human suffering. At the end of his week, fat with the cream of several million laughably tiny bank accounts, he retired. As he was going out, the locusts were coming in; other people had gotten the African idea."

Re:William Gibson "Count Zero" (1)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | about 2 years ago | (#42454151)

Except in reality, it seems to have worked out in reverse: those "tiny tasty eggs" with their "obsolete silicon" turned out to be a lot smarter than the "shark in caviar" thought.

Re:William Gibson "Count Zero" (1)

tchernik (2494258) | about 2 years ago | (#42454551)

Agree.

It's easy to think that because these modern things were hard to get for people in the west, therefore they will also be for the rest as well. As if the poor people in Africa would buy old BBNs and DEC PDP-11s and make their own ARPANET, instead of buying state of the art equipment, which is cheaper and better by the day.

For some things (like medical infrastructure or education), the way ahead may still be hard for many of those countries. But for information technology, that doesn't really apply. Newer is actually better and cheaper.

And cheaper stuff is precisely what allows poorer people to get connected.

Sub-Saharan IQ levels... (0)

pigiron (104729) | about 2 years ago | (#42454109)

average about 75. I don't think we have all that much to worry about.

caused by Europeans? (2)

k6mfw (1182893) | about 2 years ago | (#42454317)

A discussion somewhere on http://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians [reddit.com] someone said ever since Europeans drew border lines in Africa and the Middle East, there's been nothing but problems since. An oversimplified answer but generated lively discussion. Of course what I'd like to know is percentage of e-criminals of population compared to other countries. And........ a serious crime is Wall Street types bilking many of their life savings.

Fastest Growing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42454363)

So what, they go from 10 people to 20 people and have 100% growth? Holy fuck, if we interpolate they'll have first world countries across Africa is no time, better stop sending them a dollar a day.

Bullshit (1)

dcollins (135727) | about 2 years ago | (#42454893)

I call bullshit on this article. What this is: Cheer-leading and whitewashing for a U.S. government press release that promises more entanglement and "anti-terror" activity (by way of the UN) in foreign countries. Here is the meat of the article, all the way at the very end of the article, if you have the patience to get there:

At least on the African continent, change is coming. In addition to aid from the U.S. and others, groups like the Cyber Security Africa and the International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT) are setting up regional workshops and conventions to address problems like cyber crime in Africa.

Western nations are helping out, also. In December, the U.S. Department of State has granted $250,000 to combat transnational cybercrime in East African nations. That money will be used to train law enforcement, judges and prosecutors on cyber crime prosecution, with cooperation from the US Justice Department. Still, a State Department spokesperson said the money will be spent on "fundamentals" - laying the groundwork for intra-government and international cooperation on cyber crime, as well as 'basic laws that criminalize cybercrime conduct, laws on handling electronic evidence."

It approvingly portrays a Kenyan push to require static IPs on all mobile devices to better permit tracking:

The Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) is pushing for mobile operators to assign static IP addresses to smart phones and tablets to "help track and monitor user activity," according to statements from Bitange Ndemo, the Information and Communication Permanent Secretary there.

It includes delightful broken-window fallacies, basically in support of US-based Microsoft products, like this paragraph:

Pirated software is also used commonly throughout the continent, creating an avenue for malicious software and sapping local economies of money and jobs that would stem from a legal market for business and personal software.

This article is originally based on "State Dept throws $250,000 at UN effort to combat cybercrime in Africa" from the Daily Caller. (link from end [dailycaller.com] ).

That article, in turn, is originally based on "U.S. Department of State Funds UN Anti-Cybercrime Training for Africa" from the U.S. State Department website (link from that article [state.gov] ).

Re: I call bullshit on this article (1)

dgharmon (2564621) | about 2 years ago | (#42456211)

I second your call ...
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