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LAUTECH hosts highest concentration of cyber criminals – DSS

The Department for State Security Service (DSS) has identified the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso as having the highest concentration of cyber criminals in the country.

Deputy Director of the DSS in-charge of Security in Anambra State, Mr. Yekini Ishola, made the disclosure while presenting a paper on cyber crimes and the way out at a two-day annual security seminar organised by the Security Department of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka.

The seminar which was themed “Developing Technological Strategy Towards Crime Reduction in Tertiary Institutions” was graced by administrators and academics in Anambra State.

Yekini also identified the dearth of experts in cybersecurity and technology as leaving Nigeria vulnerable to cybercrimes.

The security expert added that internet fraud is more prevalent in the south west, especially Lagos, Ogun and Oyo.

He noted that cyber crimes were not committed by an individual, but a network of criminal activities perpetrated by syndicates using what he referred to as identity theft, hacking, stocking, malicious software and other dubious means to gain access into personal information and account details.

“As a result of dearth of hitech cyber security apparatus in the country, it could be rather difficult to fight cyber crimes to a standstill. Collective responsibility is therefore required to track cyber fraudsters and their cronies,” he stressed.

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Identifying investigation and intelligence gathering as ways perpetrators of cyber crimes could be nailed, the security expert however cautioned the public to desist from disclosing sensitive personal information like Bank Verification Numbers, ATM pin numbers, passwords and phone numbers to unknown persons.

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