ARINSA news postings

Cybercrime Training for Prosecutors and Investigators

Picture of Kudzai Chinoda
Cybercrime Training for Prosecutors and Investigators
by Kudzai Chinoda - Thursday, 7 March 2019, 11:24 AM

Cybercrime Training for Prosecutors and Investigators

Electronic evidence is often thrown out of the courts by the judiciary due to lack of permissibility and attribution (the linking of a digital action to a person), yet on average an internet user leaves a footprint in at least 30 places on devices, networks and the internet” the workshop was told. Anecdotal evidence suggests that damage caused by cybercrime worldwide is getting to 6 trillion a year. Most companies are affected by cybercrime yearly, but they do not report to authorities for fear of reputational damage.

15 ARINSA countries attended this cybercrime workshop which was held in Windhoek, Namibia from 18 – 20 February 2019. The countries included, Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 34 participants (14 female) represented their countries’ cybercrime investigation divisions.  Despite the advances in technology, the cybercrime legislation has not been updated in line with these advancements. In addition to that, only half of the countries in attendance indicated that they had cybercrime legislation.

ABCs for investigating cybercrime - Assume nothing – Believe nobody – Check everything’ was the theme echoed throughout the workshop as participants dealt with different case scenarios presented to them for group work and discussions.

Participants gained various skills ranging from management to operations when dealing with cybercrime. Some of the skills learnt were on how to browse the internet safely using tools such as password keepers, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and many other various free online network tools which assist in reducing the digital shadow (i.e. the digital footprint left on the internet that you will never get to know of and cannot control).

Over the course of the three days participants who were mostly managers in their divisions, looked at various topics which included:

-          Introduction to cybercrime

-          How we communicate digitally

-          Cybercrime investigation techniques (cybercrime first responder)

-          Digital forensics

-          Open source investigations

-          Covert Online Investigations

-          Cryptocurrencies

-          Cybercrime Investigation team and resources

-          Managing risk in Cybercrime Investigations

Some recommendation which came out of the workshop included that;

-          The participants from the workshop should form an informal WhatsApp group for sharing and exchanging Cybercrime information

-          The managers must come up with policy documents in the country, on investigation of cyber crime

-          Upon arrival in country, the managers are supposed to identify suitable candidates who are to undergo a train-the-trainers course to be held later in the year.

-          Countries who are Drafting legislation on cybercrime should make use of existing legislation from other countries that already have.


Below is the link to the materials that came out of the workshop.

436 words
Re: Cybercrime Training for Prosecutors and Investigators
by HANNES JANSEN VAN VUREN - Wednesday, 13 March 2019, 5:56 PM

The following links provide an update (or additions) to documents shared during the training.

There is also an update on the publication by Michael Bazelli on OSI. It is much better than the first one. There is also an interesting recent set publications on Facebook (Vol I and II). Both the books by Michael Bazelli and Facebook can be acquired from Amazon.

The TSOC Progamme (ICAR) has developed and printed Protocols for the Anti-Corruption Bureau in Malawi on Handling of Electronic Evidence. Should you want to enquire about a copy of the Protocols, feel free to make contact with the Director of Investigations ACB in Malawi to see if they would be willing to share a soft copy of the protocols.



144 words
Picture of John Blake
Re: Cybercrime Training for Prosecutors and Investigators
by John Blake - Thursday, 21 March 2019, 11:11 PM
Thank You Hannes

3 words
Picture of Mathias Kamanga
Re: Cybercrime Training for Prosecutors and Investigators
by Mathias Kamanga - Friday, 22 March 2019, 6:27 PM

Very good training it was... Looking forward to the next phase.

Many thanks to the resource persons and all the participants... especially a.....g. lol

25 words
Picture of Kudzai Chinoda
Re: Cybercrime Training for Prosecutors and Investigators
by Kudzai Chinoda - Monday, 25 March 2019, 5:15 PM

..especially Botswana.

2 words