-The threat of Cyber-attacks has grown exponentially in recent times and Ghana just like many developing countries fall victim to these attacks. It is estimated that about 1.25 billion people in Africa have access to internet, with an internet penetration pegged at 28% of the total population. With more and more people gaining access to the internet, the threats the internet poses to individuals and businesses also grow. “The readiness of the country to protect its cyberspace against national security threats is very low and unhealthy”, according to the Principal Consultant of e-Crime Bureau, Mr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako.
In 2016 alone, a total number of 618 cyber security incidents were reported. Statistics from the E-Crime Bureau showed that Phishing attacks – a type of social engineering attack often used to steal user data, including login credentials and credit card numbers – was the most perpetrated crime with 143 incidents.
Email hacking/impersonation was the second highest perpetrated crime in the calendar year with 88 reported cases. The visualization below shows the various cyber crime incidents reported and the number of times they were carried out.
Distribution of Cyber Incidents – e-Crime Bureau – 2016