Nigeria Ranks 5th in Global Cybercrime Index

By Milcah Tanimu

A recent report, hailed as the inaugural World Cybercrime Index, has positioned Nigeria as the 5th major source of cybercrime activities globally. The ranking places Nigeria behind Russia, leading the index, followed by Ukraine, China, and the United States, securing the second, third, and fourth spots respectively.

The pioneering study, crafted by researchers from the Department of Sociology at the University of Oxford and the University of New South Wales, Canberra, aims to unveil the primary hubs of cybercrime by evaluating the most significant sources of cybercriminal activities at a national level.

The top 10 list of cybercrime hotspots also includes Romania, North Korea, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and India.

Exploring the Origins of Cybercrime
Dr. Jonathan Lusthaus, one of the authors of the report, highlights the challenge of pinpointing cybercrime offenders due to the clandestine nature of their operations. He emphasizes the difficulty in accessing or surveying cybercriminals directly, necessitating alternative methods to track their activities.

Dr. Miranda Bruce, from the University of Oxford and UNSW Canberra, emphasizes the importance of the research in unveiling the veil of anonymity surrounding cybercriminals. She expresses hope that this data will aid in combating the escalating threat posed by profit-driven cybercrime.

Gathering Data for Insights
The data forming the basis of the index was collected through a survey of leading cybercrime experts worldwide. Participants were tasked with identifying the countries they deemed as the most significant sources of various types of cybercrimes across five major categories, including technical products/services, attacks and extortion, data/identity theft, scams, and cashing out/money laundering.

Countries were then ranked based on the perceived impact, professionalism, and technical skills of their cybercriminals. The results revealed that a select few nations, including China, Russia, Ukraine, the US, Romania, and Nigeria, consistently emerged as top contenders across all categories of cybercrime.


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