• Do you know about the different types of spyware, its dangers and how you can protect yourself? The article published from p15 in Servamus: October 2021, will provide readers with valuable information about this dangerous software.

  • Along with family and colleagues, Servamus pays tribute to police members who have lost their lives in the line of duty – and to COVID-19. Our article published from p44 in Servamus: October 2021 reminds readers about the dangers our members face each day.

  • The Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020 has been promulgated and will soon come into operation. Our legal discussion will help readers to understand this new legislation and is published from p22 in Servamus: October 2021.

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The UK and South Africa working together to tackle a global threat to make citizens safer online

By Victoria White, First Secretary (Cyber), British High Commission Pretoria and Peter Goodman, Strategic Advisor to the UK Digital Access Programme

Cyberspace continues to revolutionise the way we all live, work and play and with it comes great opportunity for economic prosperity, job creation and technological innovation to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges such as tackling COVID-19, which has been a shared challenge across the world. With these great opportunities we must all be alive to the threat that accompanies it, namely cybercrime. Much like the coronavirus, cybercrime does not recognise or respect geographical borders which it is why it is crucial that countries work together to tackle it, but also to learn from one another. The Transnet attack on the Port of Durban during July 2021 is a stark and shocking reminder of the havoc a cyberattack can wreak on a piece of critical national infrastructure with huge ramifications for the economy. These crimes are not victimless - they cause real harm to people and businesses which are often profound and lasting.

Cybercrime is an evolving threat that is growing in complexity. It spans state and state-sponsored actors, serious organised crime groups and criminals see-king to profit by defrauding citizens and businesses online.

In May 2021, Dominic Raab, the UK Foreign Secretary and Dr Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, agreed that the UK and South Africa should foster a closer partnership which included working together to tackle cybercrime. Through the UK’s flagship Digital Access Programme (cybilportal.org), the UK plans to build capacity, teach and share investigative techniques and capability with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI). But, most importantly it wishes to learn from the mistakes that the UK has made along the way so that South Africa can benefit from this shared knowledge as it begins the task of operationalising the Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020.

Peter Goodman, the United Kingdom’s ex-National Chief Lead on Cybercrime for law enforcement, outlines the UK journey to building the cybercrime fighting capability that it now has, and encourages South Africa to learn from some of the mistakes the UK made along the way. “It was a marathon and a war of attrition, this work does not happen overnight but with clear strategic vision and using international best practise, South Africa can achieve a credible cybercrime fighting capability,” he said.

The UK’s cyber journey
The UK’s journey began in 2010 when cybercrime was established as a Tier One National Security Threat. As such, it became a standing agenda item at the National Security Council chaired by the Prime Minister; this, in turn, meant that UK law enforcement would have access to some of the resources and funding required to tackle their greatest national security threats (https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/national-security-council). In 2011, the UK published its first ever National Cyber Security Strategy (UK Cabinet Office, 2011). This was the first time that cybercrime featured as part of any UK national strategy. The response to cybercrime was focused around the same four “Ps” that had underpinned the counter-terrorism (CONTEST) strategy, namely Pursue, Prevent, Protect, Prepare (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/counter-terrorism-strategy-contest).

This led to the UK’s first mistake as UK law enforcement looked at the threat of cybercrime in its purest sense as a cyber-dependent crime, namely a computer required to attack other computers.

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Servamus - October 2021

The Internet has opened up massive communication and business opportunities to billions of people across the globe.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Cyberspace continues to revolutionise the way we all live, work and play and with it comes great opportunity for economic prosperity, job creation and technological innovation to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges such as tackling COVID-19, which has been a shared challenge across the world.
By Victoria White, First Secretary (Cyber), British High Commission Pretoria and Peter Goodman, Strategic Advisor to the UK Digital Access Programme
As if the protests and looting in KwaZulu-Natal in July 2021 were not enough to paralyse port operations in Durban for more than a week, Transnet, which is responsible for handling the commercial sea route, was also targeted on 22 July 2021 with a strain of ransomware.
Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys
Whenever the term “forensics” is used, one is reminded about the Locard exchange principle of “every contact leaves a trace” which states that no perpetrator can leave a crime scene without leaving some trace.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - October 2021

Background On 31 March 2017, Mr Nolan van Schalkwyk, the accused, and another man (hereinafter referred to as “the second assailant”) attempted to rob the complainant, who was walking towards the Rentech Station in the Belhar area in the Cape Peninsula at around 06:15, while on his way to work. It was still completely dark.
Relevant law Section 86 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 (hereinafter referred to as “the ECT Act”) provides as follows:

Letters - October 2021

It’s with great pleasure that I write this e-mail to you.
“GUN FREE SOUTH AFRICA welcomes draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill” When I receive Servamus in the post, at the first opportunity, I remove the wrapping and scan through the contents. Typically, the in-depth reading would take place later.
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