Impact of Mobile Information and Communication Technology on Cybercrime

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International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology (IJERT) ISSN: 2278-0181 Vol. 3 Issue 8, August - 2014

The Impact of Mobile Information and Communication Technology on Cybercrime in Nigeria
Oyenike Mary Olanrewaju1, Faith Oluwatosin Adebiyi2
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Department of Mathematical Sciences and Information Technology Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State, Nigeria

Keywords: Cybercrime, Intelligent, Investigatory

Security,

Mobile

I. INTRODUCTION

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is often used as an extended synonym for Information Technology (IT). ICT is a term that summarizes the role of unified communications networks and the integration of telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless
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It is therefore no wonder that crimes like mail scams, phishing, identity theft and privacy intrusion among others are on the increase in the country. Although some efforts have been made in the past to reduce the incidence of these cybercrimes, it is quite obvious that the high demand on mobile ICT and their numerous benefits are been played upon to the detriment of innocent people. This paper discusses the current internet security situation and the direct impact of mobile information and communication technologies on cybercrime in Nigeria and as well proffer solutions.

stable battery power source. Mobile phones, Smartphones and PDAs are popular examples of these mobile devices. (Wikipedia) Cybercrimes on the other hand can be defined as offences that are committed against individuals or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm to the victim directly or indirectly, or deny someone of what belongs to him/her, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet and mobile phones. Such crimes may threaten a nation’s security and financial stability. Cybercrime can simply be explained as crimes carried out with the aid of a computer system against an individual, organization or a nation[9]. The whole African continent is increasingly relying on new

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