Bully Anyone in Cyberspace and Risk 10 Years Jail Term or N25m Fine, Says NCC

As Nigerians mark the National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has warned against the consequences of cyberstalking, harassing or intimidating anyone.

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The NCC in an enlightenment campaign to mark the Month of October is the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) revealed that the Nigerian Cybercrime Act 2015 was put in place to make available a legal framework for deterrence, detection and prosecution of cyber-crimes in Nigeria, as well as for the protection of citizens and critical national infrastructure.

The Commission explained that anyone goes on the Internet to send hateful and hurtful messages; spread lies about someone; creates any online content such as videos to humiliate, harass or destroy anyone’s reputation is engaging the in the act of cyberbullying.

On terrorism, the NCC explained that any person that accesses or causes any computer or network to be accessed for purposes of terrorism committed the offense of cyber terrorism adding that a guilty individual risks life imprisonment.

The Commission revealed that under the Nigerian Cybercrime Act 2015, deceiving other people with the

objective of stealing their money online comes in different categories of fines depending on the magnitude of the offense noting that a convict could get up to seven years, refund the stolen money, and a fine of up to N7,000,000.00.

Concerning life on the internet, the NCC cautioned against giving out person identifiable information to anybody saying that it is risk opening weird emails from people unknown.

Particularly, the regulator warned internet users not click on links that pretend to reward with gifts or money adding that use of a complex passwords such as a mix of numbers, lower case and upper case alphabets and characters offer secured access.

In the campaign message, the NCC described cyber extortion as when cyber criminals gain access to a user’s data, website or digital device, these resources are held “hostage” preventing the owners from gaining access to them.

Similarly, the NCC noted that phishing attacks are carried out by Cyber criminals in an attempt to steal a user’s personal identifiable information such as login credentials, credit card details, BVNs, passwords via emails stressing, “please do not click on links in messages you receive.”

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